Curriculum

The Holmewood curriculum overviews give a general outline of the overall curriculum for each subject as it is delivered throughout the school.

Specialist Teachers

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.
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.

Exams

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).

Reports

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. In addition, in the Spring Term parents are invited to a class Celebration of Work which allows their child to share with them pieces of work that they are especially proud of.

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.

"Evidence from the inspection, gained from observation of lessons, the scrutiny of the pupils’ work and discussions with them, shows that standards are excellent in relation to national expectations."

ISI Inspection Report 2011