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Intriguing range of reward systems - golden leaves, superstars, as well as ‘showups’ and ‘showdowns’ for older pupils with the requisite number of showdowns leading to a detention (‘I had one once,’ confessed our guide. ‘I’m not getting another one’). Music and drama is ‘about to explode’ under the direction of the new head of department, predicts Mr Mitchell. Matilda being rehearsed with years 6 and 7 throughout our visit and, recently Pirates of the Curry Bean. Art room described (accurately) as ‘humongous’ by our guide...

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Holmwood House School aims to provide an excellent education for a wide range of pupils. A high emphasis is placed on pastoral care to produce happy, well-rounded individuals.

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Since 2009, Alexander Mitchell, 50s. Originally from Perthshire, though he worries the burr is fading, having spent more of his life down south than north of the border (not to Essex ears, it isn’t). Educated at Napier in Edinburgh, with a degree in music from Colchester and PGCE from Reading. Has taught in the state and public, single-sex and co-ed, day and boarding sectors, most recently for three years as head of the music school at Loughborough Endowed Schools and 10 years as director of music at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. ISI inspector for 10 years. He’s only the fifth Holmwood head in its 90-year history and the first ever not to have any past association with the school. ‘Underneath his friendly, easy-going exterior there is a respected, efficient, deep-thinking workaholic,’ notes a...

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