The Upper School

The Upper School (Years 6, 7 and 8) at Holmewood represents the final stepping-stone of your child’s journey through Holmewood. One that sees our children continue to develop into confident, happy, interesting and interested individuals. Secure and confident children who will benefit from the educational landscape at their various senior schools.

We take a great deal of pride in our Upper School community and enjoy sharing in each other’s many and varied successes. We encourage greater independence and aim to ensure that all members of our school feel they are valued and respected. By using subject specialist teachers throughout the curriculum, we fire the children’s imagination and inspire them to be creative, adventurous and committed in their learning. Throughout the Upper School, you will find motivated children, enjoying their learning in wonderful facilities in the Collings Buildings or our subject specialist classrooms (Science, Art, DT, Drama and Music). We have high expectations of all of our boys and girls and encourage them to make the most of the opportunities available to them and to give their best in all they do.

Children in the Upper School enjoy an enhanced digital provision through our BYOD programme. This emphasises personalised learning, heightens organisation skills, fosters creative productivity and allows for extended collaborative projects across the Upper School.

Our children thrive on challenges outside the classroom with great emphasis placed on developing breadth and balance through the outstanding sport, activities, music, art, drama provision alongside our varied outdoor pursuits.

Boarding (either flexi, weekly or full) remains a key feature of the Upper School and many children choose to enjoy this experience at some point in their Upper School journey as they prepare for senior schools.

We focus on creating leadership and decision-making opportunities whilst encouraging and developing social skills. Our curriculum is enlivened and enriched by visitors to the school, educational enrichment trips and clubs. We aim to relate academic learning to the real world beyond the classroom, whether this is with visits to mosques, enrichment trips to Amsterdam or by meeting eminent guests who come to speak at the school. Parents are often involved in this and we encourage them to participate fully in the daily life of the school.

Excellent pastoral care really is at the heart of our work and ensures that our children feel at ease and secure in their surroundings. Each child has their own form teacher who has a pastoral responsibility for their welfare, and all children are allocated to a House with the Housemaster or Housemistress also responsible for the pastoral provision of the children in their House.

 

Regardless of what age of year your child joins Holmewood House School, our aims and mission are intrinsic to their development and preparation for senior independent schools at 13+.