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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:

Minister for Sport unveils state-of-the-art 3G football pitch

Minister for Sport unveils state-of-the-art 3G football pitch

Students and staff at Holcombe Grammar School and New Horizons Children’s Academy celebrated the official opening of Chatham’s latest state-of-the-art 3G football pitch.

We welcomed guest of honour Tracey Crouch, the former Minister for Sport and Chatham’s local MP, for an action-packed launch of the pitch – which is set to be shared between the our two schools and will be open to the community during evenings and weekends. Our schools are sponsored by the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, a family of high-performing primary and secondary schools across the South East.

Pupils and their parents were excited to have a go at the beautiful game using the new facility, with 200 footballs available for them to test their own skills with the help of coaches from Maidstone United Football Club.

There was also a free raffle with a wide range of prizes, including three months’ membership to the onsite gym Thinking Fitness, in Park Crescent. To celebrate the new Football Academy partnership between Maidstone United FC, Holcombe Grammar School, and The Victory Academy, Maidstone United FC donated a Family Match Ticket for a home game.

Year 6 pupils from New Horizons were eager to voice their excitement at the new facility:

  • “It’s is an amazing addition to our school – it will really help us develop our sports skills.” Isaac, aged 10
  • “They are awesome! We are so lucky to have these!” Alex, aged 10
  • “The grounds are brilliant! I can now really develop my skills to help me pursue my goal of being a professional sportsperson when I grow up.” Tyler, aged 10

Their enthusiasm was echoed by our school’s 1st XI football team, who praised the new pitch as “a great facility which will allow us to train more frequently and to improve” and how it creates “more opportunities for all to participate and get involved.”


Mandy Gage, Executive Principal of Holcombe Grammar School, said:

“Sport is such a hugely important part of our school spirit here at Holcombe, so I am hugely pleased that our students will have the opportunity to access such a state-of-the-art facility and continue to hone their talents as sportsmen and women. This is a brilliant and very welcome addition to our thriving school community, and it was great to see the launch turn out a fantastic day for both parents and children.”


Jody Murphy, the Head of New Horizons Children’s Academy, said:

“We are thrilled to have these wonderful new facilities right on our doorstep. It gives our talented children the opportunity to continue to play well and develop their sports skills – as emerging sportspeople of the future, I know that they are incredibly excited to get on the pitch and start playing.”


Tracey Crouch, Former Minister for Sport and Member of Parliament for Chatham and Aylesford, said:

“Congratulations to Thinking Schools on the fantastic new 3G pitch at New Horizons Children’s Academy and Holcombe Grammar School.

“I am passionate about the many and varied benefits sport can bring – both at school and to communities – so it was a real pleasure to join students, staff, and parents for such a memorable opening.

“The pitch is a brilliant state-of-the-art addition to Chatham, and I look forward to seeing it used year-round by the local community and students.”