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Why Holmewood?

It is always wonderful to receive such glowing observations about our school from parents and visitors, many of whom comment on the ‘magical feel’, ‘the gloriously happy and confident children’ and ‘the fantastic relationships between the teachers and pupils’, all of which play an enormous role in providing an enriching learning experience for the children in our care. It is re-affirming to receive such ringing endorsements and testament to the amazing work of my colleagues and pupils in making Holmewood House the very special place it is. 

Scott Carnochan, Headmaster

Tatler Schools Guide 2020

Now in its 75th year, Holmewood House is thriving under Scott Carnochan’s leadership. Pupils adore him and parents credit him with ‘changing the ethos to make it more positive than pressured’, and it works: 2019’s cohort won 31 scholarships to top schools. He is dedicated to make HHS ‘an exciting educational community where people come first’; he’s introduced a wellbeing programme, a counsellor and a ’pat dog’ named Albert, while dreaded Saturday School has been replaced with sport. Art is ‘outstanding’ (‘even the most reticent artists blossom,’ say parents), and there’s a 350-seat theatre for drama.


An exciting educational community where people come first.

Energy, creativity and a genuine love of learning.

Thanks to the buzz of self-assured and kind pupils, the general feel is one of energy, creativity and a genuine love of learning.


PupiIs’ skills, knowledge and understanding are developed to an excellent and sometimes exceptional level. The pupils are confident and engaged learners who respond with enthusiasm to the teachers’ high level of expertise, which enables them to develop their skills to an advanced level and those with a particular talent to excel.

From the very youngest age, pupils have extremely positive attitudes to leaning.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

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‘.. Buzzy, busy and inclusive, with friendly, likeable people.’ The Good Schools Guide

The Good Schools Guide

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