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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 r.martin@tsatrust.org.uk 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 admissions@holcombegrammar.org.uk. 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: https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

Holcombe Grammar School Celebrates GCSE Success

Holcombe Grammar School Celebrates GCSE Success

Holcombe Grammar School is delighted with another successful year of GCSE results.

Provisional analysis shows higher progress scores for all students, with disadvantaged students achieving an average of half a GCSE grade better than expected when they started at the school aged 11.

Some 80% of all grades were Grade 5 or higher.

Among the star performers were:

  • Luke Yaxley, who achieved straight Grade 9s, nine in total
  • Mitchell Ashby-Laws, who achieved seven Grade 9s
  • Dominic Frost, with six Grade 9s
  • Samuel Gosling, with five Grade 9s
  • Anton Hodgetts, with five Grade 9s
  • Galin Dzhumakov, with four Grade 9s

Some students had GCSE results that exceeded all prior educational expectations. Nine students achieved more than two GCSE grades better than expected in every subject, while 15 students achieved more than one GCSE grade better than expected in every subject.

We spoke to some of the Holcombe students on the day who were incredibly happy with their results. Michael Ashby-Laws put his success down to “the amazing teachers at the school, I only joined last May and I have received so much help“. Following this Luke Yaxley also shared “I am relieved my hard work paid off, I feel very good”.

Kristupas Pocevicius achieved an impressive average of more than three GCSE grades higher per subject than expected.

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

“Students, staff, and parents at HGS should be so proud of what they’ve all achieved together. These results show how much hard work and a strong support network can pay off and we can’t wait to see what the students do next.”

Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) Education Director Mandy Gage said:

“These results are well deserved and a testament to the hard work of our GCSE students and their teachers. I am particularly proud of the excellent results of the school’s disadvantaged students who have now removed all barriers to their future life chances.”