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For a school that used to be known for its air of elitism and rather scary parent cohort, we were pleasantly surprised to find a different reality - inclusive, buzzy and busy, with friendly, likeable people. Previously frowned upon when kids took the 11+ and left for grammar school, but school now supports any child, with around 12-15 heading off at the end of year 6. Teaching is excellent; the children learn a lot and are pushed quite hard, parents told us, while pupils told us, ‘they’re very good at making sure you’re not left behind’. We saw faces so attentive that they barely noticed us. Not that these kids don’t have fun – there’s a reassuring...

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Set in thirty acres of beautiful grounds just outside Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Holmewood House School is a happy busy environment, where smiles prevail and children flourish. The breadth of curriculum, specialist teaching in all subjects, superb facilities, a vast range of afternoon activities, in an outstanding family atmosphere, all combine to make Holmewood one of the leading prep schools in the country. Holmewood is described by a current parent as a happy and vibrant school full of opportunites. Come and visit us in Tunbridge Wells and see for yourself what an inspiring place for children Holmewood truly is. ...Read more

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Headmaster

Since September 2017, Scott Carnochan, previously head of Sedbergh Prep in Cumbria. Degree from Heriot-Watt University and postgrad from Nottingham. Has taught at Hillcrest Prep in Nairobi, been housemaster at St John’s College School, Cambridge and head of boarding at Repton Prep. Boarded from the age of 11 while his parents were abroad and says his ‘inspirational housemaster had a huge part in shaping my career choice’. Played international rugby, representing Scotland at U18 and student level.
Enthusiastic and affable, he has made the school more transparent and sees parents’ input as part of the school’s ‘triangulated approach’ although parents tell us he’s also clear when they need to step back – a good job, it seems, as ‘it used to be a case of the tail wagging the dog,’ according to one,...

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Special Education Needs

We have an excellent Learning Support Department with one specialist teacher and four learning support assistants who provide monitoring, evaluation and specific teaching for children throughout the school. To ensure that every child reaches his or her academic potential, the Learning Support Department administers nationally standardised assessment tests to all pupils. This screening process starts in Year 1 and continues until Year 8. Learning support is all-inclusive in the Pre-Prep unless a specialist tutor or individual learning support assistant is specifically required. In the Prep School, pupils are charged pro rata for learning support and detailed assessments. We are proud of the achievements of our pupils who may have experienced some difficulties in their primary years. The majority of these children succeed in gaining places, through the Common Entrance exam, to a variety of schools. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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