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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 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 Please do not bring them into school.

Our School

Our School

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 became 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…

Years 11 and 13 – please see this letter with the most updated information about your exams.  This page provides information regarding external examinations for all qualifications that are taken at Holcombe Grammar School. It includes important…

Please find below our most recent examination results: Key Stage 4 Exams 2019 Key Stage 5 Exams 2019    

Football Academy

Please note training is not currently running. We will update parents/carers when training begins again.  The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School, in partnership with Advance Player Development, offer a Football Academy for students joining our…

The TSAT Governance Model is different to the way a governing body in a non-academy or traditional school undertakes governance. Essentially, there are two elements to the governance of the TSAT academies – local governance which…