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This is a school with an atmosphere,'where children feel safe and valued,' a parent said, and there is praise all round for the, 'buddy,' system. Houses named after the elements and there are challenges and competitions all year round notably the 'songfest' in the first term. Parents appreciate the flexibilityof the school's offer,'We are essentially a day school , with knobs on,'says the head. Boarding is occasional, Special nights are my favourite, all my friends stay then too.' An acceptance that many pupils need extra help or perhaps ...

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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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Headmaster

Since 2009, Alexander Mitchell, BA, PGCE (50s). Though born and raised in Perthshire (a slight burr still in evidence) he has spent his adult life in England. He was educated at Napier college, Edinburgh, then took a music degree in Colchester and his PGCE in Reading. Since qualifying he has taught in every possible type of school, state and independent, day and boarding, senior and junior, single sex and co-ed. He was head of music at the Loughborough Endowed schools and spent 10 years as director of music at Haberdashers’ Aske’s school for girls. He has been an ISI inspector for 18 years. In the 98-year history of Holmwood, he is, remarkably, only the fifth head and the first with no family or previous connection with the founder.

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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 The children can be withdrawn from class for individual lessons and the staff also provide in-class support where necessary.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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