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Coronavirus Updates

Further information about how our Trust and schools are taking necessary precautions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, can be found in our Trust’s ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) website section’.

For responses to our National Writing Day #247challenge, please see here.

Students joining us in Year 12 September 2020: please see a page of resources for you here. 

Update 03.07.20: For an update from Mr Preston about September Reopening, to Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, and our incoming Year 7s, please see here.

Update 08.06.20: Year 10 and 12 parents and carers, please see the letter that has been sent out with your student’s bubbles. For FAQs, please see here.

Live Learning Timetables: Please see here for live learning timetables for this term for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

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 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.

You can access Holcombe Grammar School’s COVID-19 latest update and archived letters for the whole school and year groups, including links to resources at

Business Studies

Subject Leader                                                                                      Advanced Level

Miss S Lyons                                                                         Business Studies


Why study Business Studies?

Learn about the workings of real-life businesses; understand the cause and effect of business decisions; develop skills such as handling data, presenting arguments, making recommendations, recognising problems, planning and conducting research ‐ all useful for future study and for all career choices.

How will you be assessed?

There are three papers used to assess A Level Business Studies. Each paper will assess all parts of the subject material. Paper 1 consists of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Paper 2 contains questions based on data response. Paper 3 is based on a case study. Each paper is worth one third of the final qualification.

What will you study?
Year 12 – Business Activity


What is business?

Managers, leadership and decision making.

Decision making to improve:

·         Marketing performance

·         Operational performance

·         Financial performance

·         Human resource performance

Year 13 – Business Strategy Analysing the strategic position of a business.

Choosing strategic direction.

Strategic methods.

Managing strategic change.

What will Business Studies offer you in the future?

There are hundreds of Business courses at University from Pure Business to combinations with languages, marketing, human resources, and economics.  Specific careers include accountancy and management as well as preparing students working for themselves.