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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.

GCSE Years 09, 10 & 11

Key Stage 4

At HGS the transition from KS3 – KS4 begin when students start Year 9. Prior to this students are fully prepared for this change by being involved in a Year 8 Option Evening where both students are parents are given support and guidance as to what subjects are on offer and secondly how they will impact on future career paths.

During their time in KS4 students will follow a curriculum which they themselves have designed in conjunction with both staff and parents. They will however have to follow some compulsory elements of the curriculum such as English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages with additional enrichment activities to develop your child further. The Key stage 4 team and Form Tutors see your child on a daily basis and have the biggest impact on your son’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 well being.

The Key Stage 4 team provide a range of resources that will help you as parents understand the academic demands that your son’s will go through as well as providing strategies to help support your son. 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.