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  • Holmwood House School
    Chitts Hill
    CO3 9ST
  • Head: Edward Bond
  • T 01206 574305
  • F 01206 768269
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 13.
  • Read about the best schools in Essex
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 320
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: Day £11,295 - £16,590; Boarding £37.50 per night
  • Open days: September; Open Mornings and Taster Mornings are run once a term - see school's website for details.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Parents are usually blown away by the art room – a huge well lit space with lots of room to spread out and get creative. Sport is played on most days. Rugby, football, hockey and cricket for boys; hockey, netball and cricket for girls. Plenty of match experience. Houses are named after the elements and there are challenges and competitions, mostly charitable or sporting, all year round, notably the ’Songfest’ in the first term when everyone…

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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2021, Edward Bond, previously head of lower school at Haileybury where he taught for 20 years. In the (nearly) 100 -year history of Holmwood, he is, remarkably, only the sixth head and the second with no family or previous connection with the founder. Educated at Wellington College, thence to Durham where he did his history degree and PGCE. More recently, he gained an MA in educational leadership at Bath. He was previously a senior examiner in history for the IB, as well as being involved in the IB History Curriculum Review Committee – and he has experience of inspecting schools for the ISI too. A ball of energy, he is excitable and bursting with ideas. Currently teaches history – ‘and I might well teach maths next year.’ Meets and greets pupils, often...

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Special Education Needs

We have a specialist dyslexia unit comprising three full-time teachers and three part-timers. The children can be withdrawn from class for individual lessons and the staff also provide in-class support where necessary. Other members of the teaching staff have qualifications for teaching dyslexic children and the school, in general, offers full support.

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