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Coronavirus Updates

Following the Government’s most recent Covid-19 update on Sunday 10th May it is important to note that there are no immediate changes in the education or child care provision made by schools.

Therefore, schools will continue to provide distance learning support for students and child care for Key Workers who have provided 24 hours notice of their intention to use the child care facility. 


As you will be aware, the government has announced the expectation that Secondary schools will begin a phased transition to school based learning during Term 6 for selected Year Groups.


We are working closely with the Local Authorities and the Department For Education to ensure the most effective and safe return to school for students and staff. We will be in contact you shortly to update you on our plans. Please continue to check your mailboxes and this website for updates. Thank you for your continued support.


For any key worker whose child is not currently using our childcare facility, and who subsequently becomes unable to provide childcare at home –  you must give the school 24 hours’ notice that you need to use this provision so that we can provide appropriate staffing. This means emailing or calling 03333 602130 by 9am the day before. For Monday provision, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am on the preceding Friday.  Students arriving without giving 24 hours’ notice may be turned away if we do not have adequate staffing. To access this provision, you must also have downloaded and completed the form that can be found here and you must bring it with you to the school when you arrive.

Years 10 and 12: Please see important Covid-19 update from 21.05.20 here.

Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13: Please see important Covid-19 update from 22.05.20 from here.

Please see letter to all parents from Ms Gould here.

For useful learning resources from Medway Libraries, please see here. 

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For all letters sent home about Coronavirus, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, please see here.

For resources for Year 11 into Year 12 students and those Year 13 students going into Higher Education, please see here.

Admissions 2020/21

We are currently awaiting further advice from the Department for Education about how appeal deadlines may be affected by the current COVID-19 restrictions on schools. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who still wishes to appeal to do so. Further advice will be provided to all appellants as soon as it is available. All admission appeal forms should be emailed to Please do not bring them into school.

Free School Meals

Following on from the recent government announcement that the free school meal (FSM) e-vouchers, we have registered all students entitled to FSM with the DfE provider who will be distributing the e-vouchers using the email address you have provided to the school. We have not been advised when the first voucher will be sent, but any delay will not affect your entitlement. If you requested a printed voucher, these will follow on once we have received them but are subject to postal delays at present. Any queries, please use the following link:

Holcombe Grammar School is an Ofsted Good School

Holcombe Grammar School is an Ofsted Good School

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Students and staff at Holcombe Grammar School are celebrating after it was praised by Ofsted for its quality of teaching and learning and rated “Good”.

The report states that the progress and attainment of students continues to be “well above national averages”, praises the “culture of high expectations” and “inspiring curriculum” that has been fostered, and highlights the “positive impact” that students’ thinking skills are having on their education.

The school, in Letchworth Drive, Chatham, is part of the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, which pioneers an innovative ‘Thinking School’ approach to enhance students’ cognitive capabilities and learning habits.

The report highlighted a number of other positives about the school:

  • Governors, middle leaders, staff, and students share the school’s vision, as well as its leaders’ “commitment, dedication, and work ethic”.
  • Lessons are “engaging and challenging”, and enable students to improve as well as “develop their confidence, resilience, and desire to keep learning”.
  • The curriculum is “adapted to the needs, abilities, and interests of all students”, and the specific needs of disadvantaged and higher-attaining students are met.
  • Teachers have “strong subject knowledge” and “examination awareness”.
  • “Safeguarding is effective”, with students feeling “safe and secure” in the school.
  • A large majority of parents say their children are “happy and well looked after”.
  • Progress in the sixth form “continues to rise”.
  • “A range of extra-curricular activities promote personal development and welfare.”
  • “Inclusive values” are fostered during form time and assembly, including “democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and an acceptance of different faiths and beliefs”.

The glowing report follows the school’s recent academic success. In the Government’s secondary school league tables released in January, Holcombe Grammar School was ranked in the top 12% of schools nationally, achieving a Progress 8 score of 0.48 –  which means its students achieve nearly half a GCSE grade better per subject than students of a similar ability nationally. Overall, 96% of students achieved the pass grade of Level 4 or above in English and Maths GCSE last year.

Thinking Schools is a family of 14 schools in the South East, providing a high-quality education for all students.


Gwynn Bassan, Executive Principal of Holcombe Grammar School, said: 

“We are very proud to have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and to receive such praise across so many areas of school life.

“Holcombe Grammar School’s continued success would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of teachers and students, as well as the ongoing support of parents – and I would like to thank everyone for the important part they have played.

“We look forward to going from strength to strength over the coming years, and achieving many more successes.”


Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone at Holcombe Grammar School for such a wonderful Ofsted report.

“Students benefit from a vibrant, engaging educational setting in which they are able to flourish and achieve their potential, as shown by the levels of progress and attainment being well above national averages.

“We are all very excited to see the school continue on its upward trajectory of success.”