For detailed information on each subject, please see separate subjects in our Curriculum section.
To see how many lessons of each subject the children have, download Curriculum Table
While Holmewood does not provide bespoke preparation or tuition per se for children sitting the Kent 11+, all children do, however, receive the same preparation over the Summer term in Year 5 and the first half of the Autumn term in Year 6. These sessions (2 per week) are geared to assist and support pupils who sit the Tonbridge Pre-Tests, the Brighton College Pre-Tests, the ISEB Common Pre-tests and Senior school 11+ entrance tests but will also be relevant for the Kent 11+.
While the vast majority of pupils remain in the Independent sector post 13+ we welcome pupils into the school who might nevertheless leave at 11 to attend the local Grammar Schools. The Headmaster will be delighted to discuss appropriate senior school options with parents.
Our junior year groups (Years 3 & 4) have their core curriculum subjects with their form teachers. They have specialist teachers for French, Art, Music, DT, swimming and games. From the start of Year 5, all lessons are taught by subject specialists.
Scholarship & Common Entrance Forms and Setting
Maths is set by academic ability in Years 3, 4 & 5. In Year 5, further setting takes place in English and French.
From Year 6, a scholarship stream is introduced to prepare appropriate children over a three-year period for senior independent school scholarship exams in Year 8.
The majority of the children are prepared for Common Entrance exams to a wide range of senior independent schools with setting and subject options providing the right curriculum balance and challenge to fit the ability profile of the children.
There are school exams in November and June for Years 5 to 8.
Common Entrance candidates have three practice exams before taking the exam in early June in Year 8. Scholarship candidates also have plenty of exam practice, but they normally sit these exams earlier in the Year (February to May, depending on the school).
Children in Year 3 upwards have school reports at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms. Weekly spellings, times tables and mental maths results are sent home, and attainment levels are shared at the twice yearly parent consultations.
Children in Years 5 - 8 also have school reports at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms, and in addition to these end of term reports, assessment slips are sent home in the middle of each term. The assessment slip consists of a set of attainment and effort grades for each subject, with a brief comment from the form teacher or tutor.
"The pupils are confident and engaged learners who respond with enthusiasm to the teachers’ high level of expertise [...]"
ISI Inspection Report 2017