Phase 3 Curriculum: Years 4, 5 & 6

Children follow a broad curriculum based on, but extending beyond, the National Curriculum, beginning with Key Stage 2, for 7 to 11 year olds.

In addition to the important subjects of English, mathematics, science, Global Studies and languages, pupils also have games, PE, drama (Years 4 and 5), swimming, music, art, STEM, PSHCE and ICT lessons.

In Years 4, 5 and 6 the children follow our languages programme of French and Spanish.

Phase 4 Curriculum: Years 7 & 8

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 follow the Holmwood House Certificate which gives a broad picture of each individual child. In addition to the rigorous academic programme, the certificate also assesses a child’s non-academic work, their personal development and their growth of learning skills in an imaginative, creative and collaborative way.

Pupils produce an ongoing Learning Log in each subject; a portfolio documenting their learning and progression. With formative and summative assessments built in to help teachers and children measure their progress, all subjects follow a carefully-designed curriculum to ensure a well-balanced body of knowledge is acquired as well as a range of well-honed learning skills.

Academically, in all subjects, the pupils make excellent progress and whilst our primary aim and focus is for our pupils to leave us as enthusiastic and inquisitive individuals, we are delighted with the Prep pupils’ success at scholarship level, as they regularly win a variety of awards to a wide range of senior schools.


Holmwood House Nursery School

151 Coach Road, Great Horkesley,
Essex CO6 4DX
T: (01206) 273 827


Holmwood House Preparatory School

Chitts Hill, Lexden,
Essex CO3 9ST
T: (01206) 574305