Headmaster’s Welcome

Welcome from the Head

I am delighted to welcome you to Holmwood House School and Nursery and I hope that from viewing our website and reading our prospectus you will gain a flavour of what we do and believe in. However the best way to really get a feel for what makes Holmwood so special is to visit us and we look forward to personally welcoming you.

Schools are about discovery and growth which is why we focus our education on sparking curiosity and igniting wonder in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow our high quality teachers to create inspirational learning environments to inspire, support, and challenge each girl and boy for just that goal. Holmwood is a family school; we believe in partnership between pupils, teachers and parents to enable each individual girl and boy to thrive and achieve their potential in and out of the classroom. 

Holmwood has extensive grounds and fantastic facilities where our young people can learn new skills and find their niche. Our academic curriculum is ambitious and challenging, but with stretch and support for all individuals. We are committed to providing a broad and balanced education so that we can help each girl or boy to discover their own academic, artistic, musical, creative and physical potential and help it to flourish. We have an excellent balance between innovation and tradition, with technology permeating through our academic curriculum.

We prepare young people for life so their wellbeing, conduct and character matter to us. We want them to understand how to take on life’s challenges, know how to seek support, when to take risks, be polite and treat each other well. Holmwood has a proud reputation for turning out super young women and men, ready to take on their next challenge. 

The learning journey can begin at a number of stages: 

  • Children as young as 6 months can join our Nursery set in a beautiful woodland setting, with great outdoor opportunities, and stay until the age of 4.
  • From the age of 3 children can join the Early Years, Pre-Prep and Prep School at our main location in Lexden, which occupies over 25 acres of grounds. 
  • From the age of 11 pupils can join the dynamic Upper Prep and Secondary elements of the school. 

At whatever age opportunity and ambition is encouraged. The Prep element of the school provides high quality support and preparation for pupils seeking senior school entry at 11+ and 13+. We are delighted to be expanding our provision up to the age of 16 (Year 11) so that pupils will be able to stay on and sit the GCSEs with us.

I hope our website gives you a useful glimpse info life at Holmwood House; the spirit, enjoyment and range of opportunities on offer. However, there is no substitute to a visit, and I look forward to welcoming you personally to Holmwood House.

Edward Bond


Holmwood House Nursery

151 Coach Road, Great Horkesley,
Essex CO6 4DX
T: (01206) 273 827
E: nurserymanager@holmwood.house


Holmwood House School

Chitts Hill, Lexden,
Essex CO3 9ST
T: (01206) 574305
E: office@holmwood.house