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Academic progress


Summer 2021 examination results:

In 2021 85 examinations were sat. This consisted of the following:

  • 20 students taking GCSE (53 qualifications) 

  • 24 students taking Functional Skills Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications (23 qualifications)

  • 18 students taking Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications (20 qualifications)

  • 3 students taking A Levels (3 qualifications)

  • 4 students taking BTEC Level 2 (4 qualifications) 


Preparing for and sitting exams is a considerable achievement for our students.


High levels of anxiety and difficulties with organisation are common features of students with ASD and we take these factors into account when making our judgements.


In summary our examination results were:

  • 100% A-C grades in A Levels 

  • 100% pass rate in GCSEs

  • 89.5% of these were 9-4 grades including (English, Maths, Science, Art, History, Film Studies, Astronomy and Arabic)

  • In English language, English Literature, HIstory, Film studies and Arabic all 100% were 9-4 grades

  • In Maths, 89% were 9-4 grades

  • 100% passes at Level 2 BTECs

  • 100% passes at Entry Level English, Maths and Science (with 85% gaining Entry Level 3 and 15% gaining Entry Level 2)

  • 100% passes for Functional Skills Maths (with 63% gaining Level 3, 29% gaining level 2, and 8% gaining level 1)


Sixth form leavers in July 2021 have continued in their education at university or college, or started apprenticeship positions.  


No students are NEET (not in education, employment, or training).

2020 - 2021 Student Progress:

Despite of the challenges of Covid-19 and the continued disruptions to education,  overall progress in 2020-2021 remains outstanding.   We continue to be very proud of our young people and what they have achieved. 

Destinations Summary :

  • In summary over the last 3 years: 

44% of students joined a mainstream college 

6% of students went to University

27 % of students joined a specialist SEN or Autism Provision

17%  of students are enrolled on Local Authority Tuition or Home Education

6% of students gained employment or an apprenticeship


Progress Against Targets on IEPs :

All students at Holmewood have IEP targets based on the 4 areas of need.

1.  Communication and interaction

2.  Cognition and learning

3.  Social, emotional and mental health

4.  Sensory and/or physical


By our own measures and internal standards, overall progress against targets on IEPs across the school is Outstanding.  



Progress in  Relation to Behaviour:

Overall, behaviour at the Holmewood School is Outstanding. 


Our data shows that 93.6% of ‘days’ were either Green or Gold.  This is consistent with last academic year.  For reference, ‘green’ is our expectation and denotes good behaviour. Gold is used only when the student has gone ‘above and beyond’ e.g. supporting another student, doing something without being asked, completing a random act of kindness towards another person.  


4.7% of days were Amber which refers to low-level disruption and 1.7% were Red.  


‘Red incidents’ decreased by 2.2% over the last two years (and 43% decrease over the last 3 years).  


In addition, over the last seven years there is a decrease in positive handling from average 6.1 per student per year, to 0.3 in per student per year (95% decrease) due to our passion and belief in restorative practice.

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Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning at The Holmewood School London is consistently Good and Outstanding. 

  • 54% outstanding lessons

  • 39% good lessons


Attendance at The Holmewood School London is judged to be Good/Outstanding at 94.7%. 

Looked After Children:

In 2020 - 2021 we had no LAC on role.  

Pupil Premiums:

In 2020 - 2021 we recieved pupil premium amounts for two students (passed on to us from one LA).  However, we believe many more (approx 1/3) should be eligible for the premium.    In summary, the progress made by students in receipt of a pupil premium  was in line with those who were not eligible.  There were no discernable differences in progress.