The Holmesdale School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Malling Road
01634 240416
11 - 19
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The vast majority of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have support for SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is also below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium is similar to the national average. A few pupils are educated off-site at the pupil referral unit: The Cedars, 8 Bower Mount Road, Maidstone. Inspection report: The Holmesdale School, 20–21 February 2018 Page 10 of 13 The previous headteacher left in December 2016. An interim headteacher and a new governing body began in January 2017. The local authority asked Brook Learning Trust to support the school from September 2017. The interim headteacher became the substantive headteacher in November 2017. The school has a local authority autistic spectrum disorder unit on site. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress by the end of Year 11. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the ‘percentage achieving the English Baccalaureate’ or ‘the retention rates for sixth-form students and their destinations’ on its website.

The Holmesdale School Catchment Area Map

This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.

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How many pupils attending the school live in the area?


The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.
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News & events from The Holmesdale School

Last update: 03 May 2019

The Holmesdale School warmly invites you to come and visit our school.


Thursday 29th September at 6pm


Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October

9am and 11.30am


To book your place on a tour please contact the school office via

Tel: 01634 240416 or email: [email protected]

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