Principal’s Letter to Parents – 22nd May 2020
22nd May 2020 Dear Parents/Carers, I hope that you and your families are all still well and managing to keep safe. As we now approach the end of what has been a rather strange term, and in view of the recent announcements from the Government, I wanted to write in order to provide you all…
Teachers’ PPE sewing team hits 10,000-piece milestone
The heroic lockdown sewing efforts of a group of Homewood teachers and volunteers has hit a major milestone in making a difference in the current crisis. The self-styled ‘PPE Team Tenterden’, set up by Homewood science teacher Mrs Chloe Falder, has produced its 10,000th piece of PPE for frontline healthcare workers and care home staff.…
Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre would like to thank all parents and carers for the academic support being given to our students whilst they are working from home. We appreciate that this can be difficult at times, but value the support and guidance that you are giving them. In recognition of the vital work…
Homewood IB students learn real meaning of service during lockdown
Homewood’s Year 13 International Baccalaureate (IB) students are actively demonstrating how the ethos of Service Learning, which is part of the course, can translate into the real world at a time of great need. They have been helping in the local community during the current crisis in many different ways. Two students have taken time…
Free School Meals – are you eligible?
If you are facing financial hardship at present, we wanted to remind you about applying for Free School Meals. If you are eligible, your child will receive free school meals. In addition to this, for their remaining time at Homewood School, under the Pupil Premium scheme, the school will receive funding to support families which…
Principal’s Easter Letter to Parents
9th April 2020 Dear Parents/Carers, I do hope that you and your families are all still well and managing to keep safe. As the students are now officially on their Easter holiday, I wanted to write to you again in order to provide you all with an update, as promised in my previous letter. As…
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 is 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 4,200 mobile devices to our students over the last 12 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.