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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 - A Level Results 2019 - 1

Holcombe Grammar School Students Celebrate A Level Results

Students at Holcombe Grammar School (HGS) were overjoyed today as they collected their long-awaited A Level results, with a 98% pass rate.

Stand-out students included:

  • Michael Cameron, the Head Boy, who posted three A* grades, which means he has won a place at Oxford University to read PPE (Philosophy Politics and Economics)
    • Michael said: “I’m organised and excited for the future – deeply thankful for everything Holcombe has done for me over the past seven years.”
  • Sophie Barraclough, who achieved an A* and two A grades, secured a place to read Biomedical Science at Birmingham University
    • Sophie said: “Thanks for the support from all the teachers and staff at Holcombe Grammar School.  I’ve managed to secure my first choice on the course I wanted.” 
  • Chukwudumebi Nwagwu achieved three A grades and a B and will also study Biomedical Science at Birmingham University
  • Rodrigo Silva, with four A grades, will now read Psychology at Durham University
  • Kieran McDonaugh secured three A grades and will progress to a degree in Chemical Engineering at Surrey University
    • Kieran said: “Shocked, lost for words and very emotional.”
  • Callum Mortlock secured an A*, an A and a B and will read Civil Engineering at Loughborough University
    • Callum said: “Ecstatic – hard work has paid off and I can’t wait for September.”
  • James Rouse achieved two A grades and a B, and will read Criminology at Lancaster University
    • James said: “It feels good to know I have done it. My future at university is secure in studying Criminology at Lancaster”. 

Holcombe Grammar School is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of 17 high-performing schools across the South East that prides itself on providing a high-quality education to all students.

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

“Yet again this year we have seen some outstanding performances by our students. I am so proud of what they have achieved, and I would like to thank their teachers and their parents for their contribution.

“I wish all of our Year 13 students the best of luck as they move on to their next big adventure, including those going on to some of the country’s most highly acclaimed universities.”

 

David Day, Interim Head of School, said:

“Congratulations to Holcombe Sixth Formers whose A Level results have opened the door to prestigious University degree courses and top employment opportunities. It is great to see Holcombe Grammar students achieving their aspirations.”