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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.

British Values

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 those values expected of anyone living in a modern Britain, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious belief.

Our ethos reflects these values. We place great emphasis on building positive relationships in school, amongst the students themselves and between staff and students. We strongly believe students should not merely be ‘taught’ such values but that they are embedded into school life and how we do things.

We strive to support our students to develop into confident, happy, successful young adults with greater life chances, who have empathy towards and an understanding of those less fortunate than themselves.

At Holcombe, British values are embodied in the following more specific ways:

Through the curriculum:

  • Students study Religious Studies, Life Skills and a range of other related subjects. These curriculum areas cover topics such as:
    • Study of the main religions from around the world
    • Assessing the problems faced by religious people
    • Identity rights and responsibilities
    • Democracy, active citizenship and participation
    • Knowing you and knowing others
    • Relationships
    • Healthy living
    • The world of work
    • Becoming independent
    • Understanding current affairs
  • All curriculum areas ensure they address British values through their schemes of work, activities within classrooms and ensuring all aspects of their curriculums are fully inclusive.

Through every day activities which include:

  • Upholding the Holcombe Grammar School Home School Agreement and code of conduct
    • Respect for Yourself
    • Respect for Others
    • Respect for the Environment
    • Respect for Learning
  • The delivery of the form time activities include
    • E-safety
    • Building resilience (SUMO)
    • Current affairs
    • Thinking strategies
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Student voice
    • Termly reflections
    • In the news quizzes
    • Thought of the week
    • Reading Time
  • School assemblies:
    • Whole school assemblies every week are multi faith and look at a variety of different themes and topics
    • Each assembly is based around a ‘Thought for the Week’ which reflects British values
  • Charity work
    • The school, and each year group, work to raise money for a charity of their choice throughout the school year
    • The school has built close links with several charitable organisations over recent years.  This includes Medway Food Bank and The Shoe Box Appeal
    • Each year Holcombe raises over £1000 for various charities
  • School elections for:
    • Form representatives
    • Lead students
    • Student Executive Team
    • House officer
    • House charity
  • Extra – Curricular Clubs including:
    • Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
    • Medway Victory Sea Cadets
    • Homework Club Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    • Computing/Engineering/Chess and a range of other activities
    • Debating Society
    • a large range of sports clubs
    • a large range of Music clubs