Holmwood House Receives The Good Schools Guide Stamp of Approval



Mr Mitchell, Headmaster, with some of the school’s new Reception pupils.

Holmwood House Preparatory School in Lexden, Colchester, has gained the ultimate stamp of approval, by becoming the only independent school in Colchester to feature in The Good Schools Guide, and one of just a handful in the whole of the county.

Holmwood House, which accommodates children from age 4 up to 13, was selected for consideration and visited by a representative of ‘The Good Schools Guide’ earlier in the summer, whilst a number of current parents were approached for their feedback on the school. Following this visit, the staff of Holmwood House were absolutely thrilled to be informed that the school had made the cut and was to be included in the Guide, but a long and nervous wait began to see what would be written about the school.

For those not familiar with The Guide, The Daily Telegraph has previously quoted “It is highly opinionated: the only guide that offers parents a genuine flavour of what a school is like.” The Good Schools Guide is notoriously honest (good and bad) and as schools cannot pay to be included, it is a truly impartial guide to British schools.


Year 8 Scholars.

Now the review has been published, The Headmaster, Alexander Mitchell, is delighted with the content. “The report has captured the essence of Holmwood, especially the focus on our three Cs – care, courtesy and consideration.  Holmwood is essentially a happy school with high expectations and aspirations for all of our children whether they are academic high fliers, keen on sports or talented in the arts.  There is something here for every child; we nurture strengths and support weaknesses.”

The school is thriving and the inclusion in the Good Schools Guide follows an incredibly successful summer for the school. In June 2013, not only did every Year 8 pupil secure a place at their first choice senior school, an incredibly impressive 50% of them gained scholarships and academic commendations. Locally, places were gained at Ipswich, Framlingham College, Felsted, New Hall and Royal Hospital School, among others. Further afield, destination schools included Eton, Oundle, Uppingham and Rugby.

The good news continued this week, as the school re-opened its doors following the summer break and welcomed two full Reception classes, as well as new children in to most other year groups. Spaces for Reception 2014 entry and beyond are filling up fast. For prospective parents who are interested in visiting Holmwood House, an Open Morning is being held on Friday 27 September, from 9.30am until 11.30am. There is no need to pre-register attendance for this event.

Holmwood House School’s review is now live online and will be included in the printed version of The Good Schools Guide in 2014. A link to Holmwood House’s review may be found on the homepage of the school’s website www.holmwood.essex.sch.uk. 

 Posted by Amy Moylan


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