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Holmwood House School is a co-ed day and boarding school in Colchester, Essex. A small school with a strong ethos, it successfully combines innovation and tradition, producing competitive academic and non-academic results in the process. [1]


Accordingly, teaching is effective, underpinned by a carefully crafted curriculum that comprises languages, science, humanities and PSHE, among others. Pupils learn how to maximise their potential and achieve as both individuals and members of a team, grounding their learning in enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. 


To combine their hard work with some fun and play, Holmwood House offers an extensive programme of extracurricular activities. The opportunities range from swimming, ballet and fencing to current affairs, aqua aerobics and debating, adding up to the thriving character of a school that prioritises the happiness of every child on campus as a rule. [2]


Holmwood House aims to cultivate children’s development across all relevant aspects, including the social, creative and intellectual dimensions of growing up. A safe and friendly school, it provides an inspirational and unpretentious learning environment where unique talents flourish, predominantly thanks to the wealth of individual attention, reassurance and support.


11 Plus (11+) Admissions Information | Holmwood House School


To help parents and their children decide whether the school is a good fit, Holmwood House hosts Open Days in Spring and Autumn. The events offer the ideal opportunity to learn more about the school’s provision, meet key members of the staff and tour the school’s premises. 


The next step of the admissions process includes registration, which must be accompanied by a payment of a £50 registration fee. The entrance examinations are typically held in November of Year 6, broadly assessing pupils’ skills using an online test. 


Offers of places are made in December. Please note that, on acceptance, you will be asked to pay a deposit, refunded during your child’s last term at the school.


11 Plus (11+) Exam Information | Holmwood House School


Address: Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, CO3 9ST

County: Essex

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01206 673750

School type: Independent day and boarding co-ed school

Open days: Spring and Autumn

Exam type / Board: ISEB Pretest


To join in Year 7, your child will be asked to complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pretest, which assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The test provides a universal and standardised measure of attainment, ability and potential.


11 Plus (11+) Exam Format | Holmwood House School


The ISEB Pretest assessment will cover the following areas:


  • English – covers comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.
  • Maths – measures mathematical ability relative to the national curriculum stage.
  • Verbal Reasoning – tests thinking and problem solving with words.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning – assesses thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures.


In total, the four parts of the ISEB Common Pre-test take approximately 2.5 hours to administer and complete. There is no audio component to any of the tests.


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the ISEB Common Pre-test or any other Pre-test publisher.

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