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The school is essentially non-selective and the ability range is wide. Pupils are assessed on entry to inform individual targets, identify cognitive abilities and support learning needs. Pupils at the school do not participate in National Curriculum Key Stage testing. We participate in the Common Entrance 13+ which is a non-standardised entry examination for senior independent schools.
The Common Entrance examination average for the cohort of pupils who completed their studies at Holmwood House School in 2011 was 62.5% calculated as a mean of results for all pupils in English, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), French, Latin, History, Geography and Religious Studies.
The school prides itself in preparing the pupils for their future senior schools at 13+ and we celebrate a 100% success rate for entry to:
Eton College, Oakham School, Ipswich School, Stowe School, Framlingham College, Oundle School, Uppingham School, Ampleforth College, Westminster School, Worth School, Royal Hospital School, Rugby School, Harrow School, Millfield, Benenden, St Joseph’s College, Felsted School, Colchester High School, Gresham's School, Marlborough College, The Leys, Downside School, King's Canterbury, Gosfield School, New Hall School, Colchester Royal Grammar School, St Mary’s School, Woodbridge School, Haileybury and Culford School.
In 2011, pupils were awarded academic scholarships to New Hall, Ipswich and Felsted, and sporting and all rounder scholarships to Ampleforth, Felsted and Ipswich.
In recent years (2009-2011), pupils have been awarded academic scholarships to Ipswich, New Hall, Oundle and a variety of other types of scholarships to Ipswich, Framlingham, St Joseph's, New Hall, Oundle, Felsted, Ampleforth and Culford.