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Coronavirus Updates

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 office@newhorizonschildrensacademy.org.uk or calling 0333 602115 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.

Update 03.04.20: Please see here for letter to Year 11 and Year 13, or here for a letter to parents of students in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

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

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, 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.

Holcombe Library Grand Opening

Holcombe Library Grand Opening

Holcombe Grammar School’s new library was officially opened by acclaimed author Tom Palmer on 2nd December 2019.

Staff, students and parents were invited to watch as Tom Palmer cut the ribbon and opened a world of imagination and possibilities for our students.

During the Grand Opening, Mr Still interviewed Mr Palmer about his life and works, which included Mr Palmer’s struggle to publish Armistice Runner as it had a female protagonist. Mr Palmer spoke of how proud he was to be part of the push which included more female characters in books about sport. His books D-Day Dog and Armistice Runner were available to purchase at the event, which Mr Palmer signed, answering questions as he did so.

Before the book-signing, Mr Still recounted the process of creating the new Library, which has relied on donations of books, materials and furniture from the public. He thanked all of those involved in the process, in particular commending the team of Year 12 students who have been keeping the library running since its opening, booking out resources and assisting students to make good reading choices. Mr Still also commended the Year 7s, who have had their library induction and have been avidly reading since. Mr Still explained that students who read for pleasure will eventually read to further their learning; he encouraged all students to take the opportunity to explore and see the wide range of books on offer, which include non-fiction titles and graphic novels. The Library will continue to expand as we head into the new year.

We would like to thank Tom Palmer for taking the time to open Holcombe Library and Mr Still and Mr Claessens for all of their work in creating this inspiring space for our students. We hope the Library will become the hub of student activity at Holcombe.