Holmwood House School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
0 - 16
Other independent school

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Secondary Data
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Day and Weekly/ Flexible Boarding
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Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term
Pupils with SEN support

Co-educational nursery

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Pre-Prep 3+

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School Description

Holmwood House School combines traditional high standards of pastoral care and academic achievement with an impressive ability to move with the times and embrace innovation. At Holmwood, we believe that happiness is the key to progress, that a great education should result in confident and able individuals who can achieve some major personal bests and who are essentally happy learners.

Holmwood House School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Exceeds expectations”

Within his first year at the school, my son's benchmark tests have improved dramatically. The class sizes afford the teachers the ability to provide individualised teaching for each student.
“Fantastic opportunities for the children”

Our children have loved and truly appreciated the academic, sporting and musical opportunities the school provides. The confidence this instils in the children is really wonderful - Parent with children in Pre-Prep & Prep
“A fantastic School”

Our children have loved and truly appreciated the academic, sporting and musical opportunities the school provides. The confidence this instils in the children is really wonderful - Parent with children in Pre-Prep & Prep
“Great to feel supported”

The whole team at Holmwood have always gone above and beyond in not only supporting my child but equally us, the parents. My child has simply thrived - Nursery & Pre-Reception Parent
“Highly Recommend”

“The teachers and staff put their heart and soul into the fabric of the school because as well as being experts in their field, they all genuinely care.” Parent with children in Pre-Prep & Prep
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News, Photos and Open Days from Holmwood House School

Last update: 19 April 2024


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At Holmwood House, we spark curiosity and ignite wonder in each child, through an inspiring learning environment and boundless opportunities for discovery and exploration that develop individuality, confidence and tenacity to reach their true potential, achieve personal success and be prepared for life.



We aim to instil a lifelong curiosity and quest for knowledge through a broad, rigorous and enriching curriculum that is anchored in our learning philosophy – the 5Rs. We encourage each child to: 

- be resilient – with a sense of high self-esteem, self-worth and confidence in their abilities to achieve their full potential in all areas of a rich, diverse, broad and balanced curriculum

- be resourceful and reflective – with inquisitive minds, capable of independent and reasoned thought, adapting to an ever-changing world

- be responsible – for their own learning, respect others around them, adopt a proactive approach to care, courtesy and consideration and be aware of their own wellbeing and that of others

We aim to provide our pupils with the tools to develop an understanding of how to learn versus what to learn. Through encouraging ownership of their own learning, we believe our pupils are able to study independently; manage themselves; persist in face of difficulty; understand their responsibilities; and are as such able to reflect on their learning and personal development. We believe that these qualities are intrinsic to each child’s achievement and development.


Laetatus Sum or ‘I am glad’ is our school motto and the guiding principle of everything we do at Holmwood House. We firmly believe that providing a happy learning environment is the key to each child’s progress and success. This underpinning core value is evident through our strong sense of community amongst parents, pupils and staff. We strive to partner with parents to ensure that each and every child feels happy and secure to discover their true potential; we support and empower our staff to help each child develop into confident and curious learners; and we provide many opportunities for all members of the school community to come together and celebrate our pupils’ successes.

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Since September 2021, Holmwood House School, Colchester, part of the Bellevue group, extended its provision from up to age 13 (Year 8) to age 16 (Year 11).

This means that Holmwood House School will be one of very few independent schools in the local area offering GCSE provision.

The decision to increase the provision was made following surveys conducted with existing pupils’ parents. In consultation with the school, the senior management team at Bellevue Education analysed results, before making a considered decision that was in the best interests of the school and its community. Together with feedback from school staff, the result was overwhelmingly in favour of extending the school’s provision.

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Holmwood House School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.