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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.


Other letters about Coronavirus are below.

Letter to all parents – Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 27.03.20

Letter to parents – Year 11 and 13 27.03.20

23.03.20 – Key Workers

School Closure Guidance

Key Workers

Update 19.03.20

We will of course keep all parents up to date with any further announcements. 


Admissions 2020/21

All admission acceptances and appeals forms should be emailed to Please do not bring them in at the school. Ms Wood will be in touch soon to confirm receipt of documents. However, please email the Admissions email for any queries or concerns. We hope everyone is safe and well and we look forward to meeting you in September.

Art and Design

Key Stage 4

The aims and learning outcomes of the GCSE Art and Design course is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Actively engage in the process of Art & Design in order to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.


  • Develop creative skills, through learning to use imagination and intuition when exploring and creating images and artefacts.  Become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.


  • Develop competence, with increasing independence, in refining and developing ideas and proposals, and personal outcomes or solutions.  Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques.


  • Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.  Also, develop an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art practice.


  • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive, practical, technical and expressive skills.


  • Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.


GCSE courses are divided into two units:

Component 1: Art and Design Portfolio (coursework)

60% of total marks

Candidates produce a portfolio of work developed from personal and/or centre-devised starting point.  The portfolio will be selected from the projects produced throughout the two years and must be produced under controlled assessment conditions – approximately 45 hours (15 – 18 school weeks as a guide).  These units is assessed internally (marked out of 96) and moderated by AQA.

Component 2: Art and Design AQA-set Task (exam)

40% of total marks

Candidates select one question from the exam paper (released January of examination year) to which they produce a personal response.  Candidates will be given a period of time determined by the centre in which to prepare and ten hours of controlled time in which to realise their intentions to outcome(s). This unit is assessed internally (marked out of 96) and moderated by AQA.


Assessment Objectives

A01     Develop Ideas

Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

A02     Explore Ideas

Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

A03     Record Ideas

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.

A04     Present a Response

Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.


GCSE Art & Design

At Holcombe Grammar School we  offer two endorsements at GCSE – Art, Craft and Design and Photography

The GCSE requires candidates to develop and produce personal responses that reflect a broad exploration of art and design.  They should show evidence from at least two specialist areas:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Photography – Lens and Light-based Media
  • Textile Design
  • Three-dimensional Design


These areas should not be dealt with as distinctive projects but candidates should aim to produce work utilising a wide range of media and techniques within each unit in order to cover the criteria laid out by AQA.

All students in year 9 will complete a foundation year where they will explore a large range of different media, techniques and processes. Towards the end of year 9 students can decide whether to opt for Photography or continue with Art, Craft and Design

Please see full course overview here.