Since the very beginning, Holmewood House School has been strongly committed to the Christian Faith in the Anglican tradition. The school is inclusive and there are no religious requirements, regarding the admission of pupils or the employment of staff.
There is currently one Headmaster Assembly, one Assembly conducted by a form, member of staff or visiting speaker, one House Assembly and one hymn singing practice every week. Most Assemblies have a religious content. Attendance at Assemblies is compulsory, unless the pupils are involved in other school based activities at that time.
Religious Studies is taught throughout the school and is compulsory for all pupils. Pupils follow a syllabus, that now in Year 7 and 8 makes up part of the Humanities Enrichment programme. The scholarship class follows the Common Entrance syllabus in Years 6 and 7 and in Year 8 tackle more moral, ethical and philosophical considerations, when looking at Senior School scholarship questions. For most senior schools, Religious Studies is an option at scholarship levels, with some pupils opting to offer it whilst others opt not to offer it. It is taught by an experienced lay member of staff.
The content of the Religious Studies syllabus is mainly Christian, with the emphasis on the Bible. However, in depth studies of other World Faiths, form part of the curriculum. In Year 5 Judaism is studied, which includes a visit to the Jewish Museum, in North London. In Year 6 it is Hinduism, which includes a visit to the Neasden Mandir and in Year 7 Islam with a visit to Regent’s Park Mosque and the Islamic Cultural Centre. Local churches are also visited, as is Canterbury Cathedral, as part of the new Enriched programme in Year 7.
Holmewood House School considers it is right for its pupils to be as fully informed as possible in this subject. It is also an important part of their understanding of the ever changing World around them.
Religious Studies does aim to equip pupils with sufficient knowledge to be, both understanding and tolerant, as well as, allowing pupils to be in possession of a vital part of their heritage.
"Pupils have a feeling amongst them that anyone can achieve at the highest level once they know what they are best at."
ISI Inspection Report 2017