Headmaster’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Holmwood House School and Nursery, where I believe we provide a truly inspiring learning environment and boundless opportunities for discovery and exploration, that enables our pupils to develop their individuality, confidence and tenacity.

At Holmwood House, we aim to instil in each child a lifelong curiosity and love of learning through a broad, rigorous and enriching curriculum that is anchored in our learning philosophy; The 5Rs. The learning journey starts in our Nursery, located in an idyllic woodland location near Great Horkesley, where children as young as 6 months can join and stay until the age of 4. From the age of 3 children join the Early Years, Pre-Prep and Prep school at our main location in Lexden, Colchester, which occupies over 25 acres of beautiful grounds. 

Laetatus Sum or ‘I am glad’ is our school motto and the guiding principle of everything we do at Holmwood House. We firmly believe that providing a happy learning environment is the key to each child’s progress and success. This underpinning core value is evident through our strong sense of community amongst parents, pupils and staff. 

Holmwood House has stayed true to its heritage and tradition whilst pioneering new technology and innovation. Manners, courtesy and a clear set of traditional values are distinct aspects of our school culture, whilst the willingness of pupils and staff to grasp new opportunities to develop independent learning in a technological world are rarely missed.

Our broad curriculum, extensive range of extra-curricular activities, and the opportunities to experience independence through our overnight stays and flexible boarding, are key contributors in creating a truly inspiring learning environment. Working in partnership with parents, we provide a genuinely happy and supportive community of inquisitive learners who successfully transition to a broad range of day and boarding schools in Essex, Suffolk and across the UK.

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.

Alexander Mitchell


Holmwood House Nursery School

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


Holmwood House Preparatory School

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