preparation for Senior Schools

Support for Senior School Entry

Holmwood House has a long and proud record of sending children to a wide range of senior independent schools across the local area, Eastern region and nationally. We provide a 4-13 structure working ultimately towards an assessment framework at 13+ which includes the Holmwood House Certificate and Scholarship routes for the majority of pupils whose preparation for senior school entry is catered for within normal curriculum time.

 

A small number of children gain places at Colchester Royal Grammar School or the County High School for Girls via the highly selective 11+ assessment process which typically targets the top 4% of the national cohort. In addition, some parents may choose to move their child to a senior independent school at 11 for Year 7 entry.

 

Whilst Holmwood delivers a strong programme of teaching and learning that fulfils the requirements of senior independent school entry, in the ongoing spirit of supporting and working closely with all our families in their senior school choices, we are keen to provide additional support for those children sitting entrance exams.

 

We will offer the following support:

 

  • Parents are encouraged in Year 5 to meet with the Headmaster to discuss future school options. Parents may wish to discuss options in Year 4 or even in Year 3 and are encouraged to contact the Headmaster if they wish to do so.  He will be able to guide parents in terms of suitability and provide a broad assessment of their child’s options.

 

  • Whether the entry point is at Year 7 or Year 9, a number of senior schools operate entrance exams in the spring term of Year 6 or Year 7.

 

  • Throughout the spring and summer terms of Year 5, as part of the Activities Programme (Fridays from 5.30 to 6.15pm), we will offer a weekly 11+ practice session for Grammar school entry assessment.  These sessions will build upon the current schemes of work and will focus on the format of the 11+ papers. An element of verbal reasoning will also be covered. The 11+ practice classes will continue in the September of Year 6 until the examination is taken later in that month.  Parents should note that these sessions are aimed at giving the children exposure to the types of questions they are likely to face in the entrance exams and are not individual tutoring sessions. Entry to the sessions above will be by agreement between parents and the Headmaster.  Parents are encouraged to contact Mr Mitchell by email in the first instance on headmaster@holmwood.house

 

  • In the spring term of Year 6 (and Year 7 where appropriate), as part of the Activities Programme (Fridays from 4.30 to 5.30pm), we will offer a series of senior school entrance exam practice sessions leading up to the senior school exams.  These sessions will build upon the current schemes of work and will focus on exam technique and, where we have access to examples of senior school papers, these will be worked through. An element of verbal reasoning will also be covered. Parents should note that these sessions are aimed at giving the children exposure to the types of questions they are likely to face in the entrance exams and are not individual tutoring sessions. Entry to these sessions will be by agreement between parents and the Headmaster.  Parents should contact Mr Mitchell by email in the first instance on headmaster@holmwood.house

 

These additions to our academic provision are intended to be helpful to pupils preparing for senior school entrance exams and the small number of parents each year whose children have a reasonable chance of achieving a place in the 11+ process and for whom a Grammar School education might be suitable. It does not signal any change in terms of our general approach to the broad education, care and personal development we provide here at Holmwood.