KCC Updated SEND Strategy for 2021-2024
Kent County Council have now published their 2021-2024 SEND Strategy. The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent’s children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled. This strategy builds on the work of the previous strategy, published in…
Helping students into the world of work
It’s been a difficult 12 months for not one but two cohorts of Year 11 and Year 13 students around the country, as they try to complete their studies, secure their grades and also plan their future in further education or in employment whilst much of the economy has been closed or moved online. Homewood’s…
Trust appoints new CEO to spearhead next phase of development
The Directors of the Tenterden Schools Trust (TST) are pleased to announce the key appointment of Mr Stuart Reeves as the new CEO of the Trust, to spearhead the important next phase in its development and growth. He replaces the Trust’s founding CEO, Mrs Sally Lees, who retires in July. Mr Reeves is currently Headteacher…
Mr Doodle donates £10K to Homewood’s graphics department
Former Homewood student and now acclaimed international artist Sam Cox, better known as Mr Doodle, is donating £10,000 to Homewood’s art and graphic design department where he first developed his distinctive and unconventional creative style. The 27-year old artist, who has a jaw-dropping 2.8million Instagram followers and can command six figure sums for his OCD…
Top of the cupcakes in Discovery baking challenge
During home lockdown, students in years 7 & 8 in Discovery College were asked to complete a cupcake-making challenge, including providing a recipe and collecting feedback from those lucky enough to taste their baked creations. Mrs English, Head Teacher of Food Technology at Homewood, selected the winners from those who completed all the elements of…
Homewood Performing Arts News: we’re getting ready to come back!
It has been a difficult time for Performing Arts across the country and in school. Homewood School would normally be having lots of activities and performances scheduled for our students but, due to lockdown and restrictions in place, these have been on hold for a whole year. But there’s good news on the horizon: we…
Principal’s Letter to Parents – 10th March 2021
Home Lateral Flow Testing for Students Dear Parents/Carers, Between Friday 12th March and Tuesday 16th March the vast majority of students will have taken 3 Lateral Flow Tests in school. On the day that students have their third test they will be given 2 packs of 3 tests to be used at home which will…
Arriva school transport – No 12 service from 8th March 2021
Orla’s winter walks raise over £1,000 for Cyclists Fighting Cancer
Congratulations to Year 10 Homewood student Orla whose winter walks have raised over £1,000 for Cyclists Fighting Cancer, a small UK charity which enables children and young people living with cancer to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence through cycling. Orla decided to walk every day of February, come rain or shine, in a…
Principal’s Letter to Parents – 1st March 2021
Year 7 students will begin at Homewood in Discovery College or I College. Discovery College is a design for learning that creates a rigorous, engaging and authentic experience for students. We are a centre of extraordinary work in which all students are capable of excellence regardless of prior attainment, needs or background.
Has a wide range of options that cater for students of all different interests and aspirations. With a great variety of resources and teachers who are passionate about active learning, the Sixth Form here really bridges the gap between education and our futures.
Homewood has a strong track record of academic success at GCSE and Sixth Form. The outcomes for all students and all groups are on an upward trend, recently achieving above national averages for every point of entry showing that we add value to every child’s potential regardless of prior attainment and ability.
You can read more about academic excellence in our prospectus.
Homewood provides a secure and caring learning environment in which all students can flourish and succeed. Students in Year 7 and 8 are part of the Discovery College and will have a dedicated form tutor and a highly experienced and well qualified pastoral team to look after pupils’ welfare and to ensure their academic progress.
You can read more about the support and care at Homewood in our prospectus.
Homewood has exceptional facilities for all its students, providing a platform for their learning in all subjects. There are a tremendous array of additional opportunities for students to become involved with. There are over 50 schools clubs available and in addition the school runs in excess of 100 educational visits each year to local and international destinations.
You can read more about student enrichment at Homewood in our prospectus.
Our curriculum is often described as the jewel in the crown of the school, there is no other school in Kent that can provide the copious range of curriculum opportunities that Homewood offers. The exciting range of courses at all levels exists in the highly successful Sixth Form which attracts the vast majority of Homewood students to stay on and others to join us from other schools.
You can read more about curriculum opportunities at Homewood in our prospectus.
The Homewood School Grammar Plus Stream has many advantages over traditional grammar schools. Firstly, students learn in a mixed setting with male and female students learning together. Secondly, at Homewood there are students from all walks of life and all ability levels. This means that our students are better prepared for life after school by being a part of a learning community representative of society as a whole.
Homewood School has been nationally recognised for providing leading edge technology for students. With the ambition of every student having his or her own computer in every lesson and at home every evening, all students have the opportunity to obtain a mobile device. With charitable donations from parents and funding by the school, we have succeeded in introducing over 4500 mobile devices to our students over the last 15 years.
The special educational needs and disability provision at Homewood was praised in our most recent OFSTED inspection. The inspectorate found an inclusive approach to learning that supported students to learn and flourish whatever their needs and praised the intricate knowledge that teachers’ had of their students. They concluded that all staff make students’ welfare a top priority.
- 3G Turf all-weather surface. Looks and feels like natural grass but with all the advantages of a low maintenance, free draining facility.
- Professionally equipped and managed theatre for student and community use.
- Educational facility used by the school and is also open to the community, for educational or pleasure visits.
- Modern, spacious, well designed, an important resource for the whole school.
- State-of-the-art support for staff and students, also open to the wider community.
- Large sports hall and attached gymnasium available for hire.
- Two fully equipped professional catering kitchens and balcony restaurant available for hire.
- Purpose built recording studio with technical support available for hire.
- Two well equipped mirrored, sprung floor dance studios available for hire.
- A friendly, caring and secure environment, where all children have fun learning through exciting and challenging programmes of activity and high-quality play.
- Leading the way in evidence informed practice.
- Opened in 2016 a fully equipped fitness suite available for hire.
- 3G Pitch
3G Turf all-weather surface. Looks and feels like natural grass but with all the advantages of a low maintenance, free draining facility.
- Sinden Theatre
Professionally equipped and managed theatre for student and community use.
Educational facility used by the school and is also open to the community, for educational or pleasure visits.
Modern, spacious, well designed, an important resource for the whole school.
- Media Centre
State-of-the-art support for staff and students, also open to the wider community.
- Sports Hall & Gym
Large sports hall and attached gymnasium available for hire.
- Catering Kitchen
Two fully equipped professional catering kitchens and balcony restaurant available for hire.
- Recording Studio
Purpose built recording studio with technical support available for hire.
- Dance Studios
Two well equipped mirrored, sprung floor dance studios available for hire.
A friendly, caring and secure environment, where all children have fun learning through exciting and challenging programmes of activity and high-quality play.
- Teacher Researcher
Leading the way in evidence informed practice.
- Fitness Suite
Opened in 2016 a fully equipped fitness suite available for hire.