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Holmwood House SchoolEssex

Founded in 1922, Holmwood House School is a leading co-educational preparatory school educating over 300 pupils aged 6 months to 13 years. Situated in over 25 acres of beautiful grounds two miles from the centre of Colchester, Holmwood House aims to develop individuality, instil a lifelong curiosity and ignite wonder in each child. The School is renowned for its strong sense of community, outstanding pastoral care and happy learning environment that is key to each child’s progress and success. To mark the school’s 100th year, Holmwood House plans to extend its provision up from age 13 (Year 8) to age 16 (Year 11), becoming one of very few independent schools in the local area offering GCSE provision.

As part of the Bellevue Education group, Holmwood House benefits from shared best practice and resource, in addition to focused training programmes covering all aspects of education. The school also receives specialist support from Bellevue in the areas of educational training and professional development, finance, human resources and marketing, enabling the Head to focus on the most important aspects of their work: delivering an exceptional education which enables every child to reach their full potential. Bellevue is a group that equips its leaders with the freedom and tools required to thrive in today’s demanding environment. 

Bellevue is now seeking to appoint a new Head to succeed Alexander Mitchell from September 2021. Reporting to the Education Director (Gregg Davies), the Head will lead the school’s exciting expansion into 16+ provision and prepare it for its first Year 9 intake. The next Head will lead Holmwood House with vision, inspiration and initiative in creating a climate which enables every member of the school and nursery community to flourish.

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone with proven leadership qualities, imagination and a genuine commitment to delivering an outstanding all-round education for pupils. The Head must continue to ensure the very highest educational standards and guide this already excellent school through the next stage of its development. 

Further information about the school may be found on the website at and for further information about Bellevue please visit 

A candidate brief can be downloaded from

CV’s and covering letters should be submitted by the closing date of 9:00am GMT on Monday 1 February 2021.

Holmwood House School and Bellevue Education are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).