Mayor praises detailed measures for school re-opening
Yesterday (Tuesday 22 September) the Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Mrs Jean Curteis, paid a socially-distanced visit Homewood and three other TST schools – Tenterden Infant School, Tenterden C of E Junior School and St Michael’s Primary School – and was full of praise for the detailed planning which has gone into the safe re-opening of…
TST secures £2.6m for school building improvements
The Tenterden Schools Trust (TST) has secured £2.6million in grants from the Government’s Capital Improvement Fund for Academies, to invest in important building upgrades for its five schools. TST has gained agreement for eight projects to be implemented at: Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Tenterden Junior School, Tenterden Infants School, St Michael’s Primary School,…
Prestigious Music Mark award for Homewood
The Music Department at Homewood has been awarded a prestigious Music Mark for 2020-21. Music Mark is the public-facing identity of the UK Association for Music Education. The organisation works to enable its members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. In addition to…
Reflections on……..Opening our doors in a time of COVID
8 September 2020 It is a challenging time to be in education at the moment. Since February, when news of this strange new virus started reaching us, schools have had to completely re-invent the way they have provided an education for their students and supported their well-being and safety. I have never been more proud…
Principal heralds ‘unique opportunity’ to raise standards, as students return
As Homewood re-opened to students for the start of the new academic year Homewood Principal Jeremy Single expressed his optimism for the year ahead and for the opportunities it presents. “Our return to school under these new circumstances provides us with a very unique opportunity to raise standards and expectations even further so that students…
A message from Sally Lees, TST CEO
This week we welcome back our staff and pupils into all our Trust schools. It is wonderful to see our schools buzzing again after so many months when most of our school community was working at home and our schools were eerily quiet. Our TST Small School, set up on the Homewood site, ran throughout…
Message about wearing face masks in school
As a result of the Government’s recent update regarding the wearing of face masks in schools, and following our latest risk assessment meeting in school, please see below the Homewood response at this stage: Due to the open nature of our school site, and in view of the very restricted movement within buildings and…
Transport to school arrangements for September 2020
For students who will be using public or private coach transport to school, we advise you to check the relevant websites (via the links below) for updated timetable information and any specific travel advice provided by the company. Stagecoach Stagecoach have issued a message for school bus users which is available via the link below.…
Sixth former’s Cambridge dream comes true
A Homewood sixth former who saw her dream to study at Cambridge vanish after her A-level grades were moderated down by the controversial algorithm, has had her 2020 place reinstated by the university. Isabel had a conditional offer of A*AA to study English at Cambridge – something she had worked hard for over the last…
Results day brings clarity and success for Year 11
The temperature might have dropped from last week’s heat wave, but the sun came out and there were certainly plenty of warm smiles as staff welcomed back Year 11 students to Homewood to collect their GCSE and Level 2 results this morning. Following the Government’s U-turn decision to enable both Sixth Form and Year 11…
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.
Blends recognised teaching methods with independent learning to offer a holistic and rounded curriculum that enables students to become self-motivated learners, who take responsibility for their progress and success.
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.