Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent. TN30 6LT
T: 01580 764222 | F: 01580 766267
Homewood is identified in Tenterden by the Mansion. The house was built in 1766 in the then fashionable neo classical style. Today this is our main administrative building with a warren of ofﬁces for key operational areas including the Principal, Financial and Personnel Departments, Examinations Ofﬁce, Facilities Management, Extended School and the Student Team. Visitors are usually greeted here, there is a Community Room and there is a Staff Training/Meeting Room for Governors and other community members. Our friendly and supportive Special Educational Needs area is also located within the building.
All members of the school community enjoy using the grounds which were landscaped in the eighteenth century and includes some spectacular trees species.
After some years as a military base in World War II, Homewood opened as a local secondary school. The original school hall has now been redeveloped into The Sinden Theatre, a resource for all our local community, with classrooms added to D Block in 1957.
During the 1960's, in the baby boom, Government funded further building works with C Block and a further extension to the rear of D Block. Rural Science was then a very popular option and the School Farm and Young Farmers developed a good reputation at the Kent County Show.
In the 1970’s Mr Matthews had the vision to establish comprehensive status for Homewood. The ﬁrst Learning Resource Centre in Kent was built, a concept which was later extended and amended and eventually moved to the the Kirk Building, A Block. G Block was developed at this time together with the Lower School extension - now F Block.In 1991, the Governors decided to take the opportunity provided by Grant Maintained Status to further improve school facilities and to take greater control over the direction of the school. Major redevelopment, reorganisation and improvement of facilities took place including some excellent new Science facilities in K Block.With the appointment of a new Principal in Mr Adam, and rising population in the area, the vision of comprehensive education within Kent broadened to include a major growth plan and strategic review of curriculum provision and staffing. The opportunities for school growth, the broadening of curriculum options and the opportunities for radical improvement in teaching and learning opportunities were embraced by parents, staff and students. Homewood became a Foundation School committed to High Expectations and High Achievements for all students.