Holmwood House School was opened in 1922 “to develop the individuality and abilities of each child, to make them self-reliant and adaptable and to help them face reality”. The school community (co-educational since 1985) still values this statement and would expand upon it stating that the school today aims to: develop the individuality of each child; helping them to achieve their full potential in all areas of their learning whilst appreciating the talents of those around them; encourage children to develop and grow as rounded individuals with high self-esteem and confidence in their abilities, through the provision of a wide range of quality activities and opportunities; encourage pupils to have enquiring minds and to be capable of independent thought as a result of their own sense of self worth and happiness; foster a love of learning, ensuring all children are happy at school, are self-reliant learners and are adaptable to a range of situations; provide a rich, diverse, broad and balanced curriculum within a safe, secure and caring environment; encourage care, courtesy and consideration through respect for others in order to prepare them for the outside world through the development of a range of life skills.
Holmwood House Preparatory School is an independent prep school for boys and girls from nursery to 13 years.
At Holmwood, the belief is that happiness is the key to progress; that a great education should result in confident, able, personally high achieving individuals who are essentially happy learners. Their successes are arrived at via a richly varied and ultimately enjoyable route developing curiosity, creativity, imagination, sensitivity, adaptability, motivation and enthusiasm – with a smattering of fun.
Having started with just three children, the school now has a thriving nursery, early years, pre-prep and prep departments set in beautiful grounds, giving more than 400 boys and girls access to a huge range of academic, sporting, creative and scientific facilities. The school’s belief is happy learning is best achieved by combining freedom with a clear set of rules in an environment where good behaviour, traditional values and respect for others are expected.
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