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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 r.martin@tsatrust.org.uk 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 https://www.holcombegrammar.org.uk/support-guidance/holcombe-covid-19-update/

GCSE Years 10 & 11

Key Stage 4

At Holcombe the transition from KS3 to KS4 begins when students start Year 10. Students will be well prepared for this change, as throughout Year 9 they will be given experiences of non-National Curriculum subjects such as Business Studies, Media, Sociology and so on, so that they will be able to make informed decisions about which subjects they want to study when it comes to selecting their GCSE options.

They will also have chosen which Modern Foreign Language they wish to study in Year 9, selecting from either French or Spanish. All students will only study one Modern Foreign Language in Year 9, compared to the two they will have studied so far. It will then be up to them to choose if they wish to continue to study this language at GCSE when they make their options choices.

The Key Stage 4 Team and Form Tutors see your child on a daily basis and have the biggest impact on your child’s education. They follow a vigorous programme of activities during their time with your child offering one to one mentoring support catering not only for their academic performance but also their general wellbeing.

The Key Stage 4 Team provide a range of resources that will help you as parents understand the academic demands that your child will go through, as well as providing strategies to help support your child. Students are also supported with a range of support materials additional to those supplied by their subject teachers in order to strive for success.

Students are encouraged to be actively involved in school life and are given opportunities to have their voices and opinions heard by volunteering to be Form or Sports Captain or member of our School Council and Diversity group.