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Academic progress


2019 - 2020 Student Progress:

Despite of the challenges of Covid-19 and the disruptions to education,  overall progress in 2019-2020 remains outstanding. 


Whilst we note that exams data and progress data for this particular academic year will not be used to hold schools and colleges to account (DFE, 08.04.2020), we continue to be very proud of our young people and what they have achieved. 


Summer 2020 examination results:

In 2020 87 examinations were taken which is our largest number since the school opened.  This consisted of the following:

  • 14 students taking GCSEs

  • 16 students taking Bronze (Level 1) Arts Awards

  • 31 students taking Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications


Preparing for and sitting external 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% pass with 9-4 grades at GCSE (English, Maths, Art, History and Japanese)

  • 50% of passes were at grade 6 or above

  • 100% passes at Level 2 and Level 3 BTECs (with 40% at Distinction)

  • 100% passes at Entry Level (with 76% gaining Entry Level 3 and 23% gaining Entry Level 2)

  • 100% passes for all Arts Awards Level 1


Leavers in July 2020 have continued in their education or started apprenticeship positions.  No students are NEET (not in education, employment, or training).

Destinations Summary :

  • In summary over the last 3 years: 

18% of students joined a mainstream college 

36.4 % of students joined a specialist SEN or Autism Provision

9% of students went to University

9%  of students are enrolled on Local Authority Virtual Schooling

28% 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 93.8% of ‘days’ were either Green or Gold.  This is a 4.2% increase on last academic year (and nearly 10% increase on the last two years).  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 1.6% were Red.  


‘Red incidents’ decreased by 2.3% from the previous year (and 43% decrease over the last 2 years).  


In addition, over the last seven years there is a decrease in positive handling from average 6.1 per student per year, to 1.9 in per student per year.

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Teaching & Learning

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

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Attendance at The Holmewood School London is judged to be Outstanding. 

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Looked After Children:

In 2019 - 2020 we had 1 LAC on role.  This student made good and outstanding progress across the curriculum.