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Holcombe Grammar School is a selective 11-18 boy’s school (with a mixed sixth form). The school’s history is believed to date from 1817, but its formal history began in 1913 with the establishment of Chatham Junior Technical School to train young men aged 13 – 16 for careers as artificers in the Royal Navy and in the Royal Dockyard School as engineers. The School evolved to become a centre of academic excellence as Chatham Grammar School for Boys, offering GCSE and A Levels as well as some vocational courses. The school officially becomes known as Holcombe Grammar School from the 1st Jan 2017.

The school occupies an attractive half-timbered black and white building, formerly a manor house owned by George Winch, a one time Mayor of Chatham, and part of his estate known as Holcombe. The School claims links with the Dickens’ family through the site and the pleasant grounds.

Seven modern teaching blocks house the Main Hall and Gym, Library, Music Suite and Performing Arts Block, Science Laboratories, Technology Suite, Modern Language Block, Humanities Block and a Mathematics Suite as well as other classrooms.The school has grass pitches for rugby, soccer, and cricket. These sports, together with hockey, are also played at the school’s off-site facilities.

We currently take students between the ages of 11 and 18. Many of our former students are senior academics and managers in industry and commerce. A number have also represented their country at sport including in football, rugby and athletics.

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British Values

At Holcombe Grammar School, we actively promote positive, inclusive values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and an acceptance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We believe British values are…

Students in the Sixth Form, who are in need of some minor financial support, can apply to access the School’s 16-19 Bursary Fund. This funding is intended to help the most financially vulnerable students. To be…

Holcombe Grammar School is a member of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a successful growing family of schools that work together to improve the life chances of all its children and young people. It makes…

Providing a remarkable education is only achievable by the financial commitment of the Trust, stakeholders, local council, PTA and alumni. In addition, we receive kind donations from parents and carers through the school’s Development Fund that…

Welcome to the Holcombe Grammar School website. We hope you will gain a sense of why we believe Holcombe Grammar School is such a unique learning community. At HGS, Our aim is that students develop into…

Please find below our most recent examination results:    

Football Academy

The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School, in partnership with Maidstone United, offer a Football Academy for students joining our Sixth Form. Football Academy students will attend The Victory Academy or Holcombe Grammar School Sixth Form,…

Medway Victory Sea Cadets

Medway Victory Sea Cadets operate within the Thinking Schools Academy Trust family. Welcome to a different kind of adventure, launching young people for life today. Medway Victory Sea Cadets was set up in 2018. This unit…

Please see the below weekly school dinner menus. Please note that all main meals come with vegetarian alternatives. Please see Week One here. Week Two here. Week Three here. Please…

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, which inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. You…