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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/

Business Studies

Key Stage 4

Business Studies is a popular subject to study and deals with the management of business and of making money. As well as exploring business theories and terminology and concepts, students will learn to apply these to relevant events in the business and economic world. They will also study different businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students will also need to demonstrate their understanding of business issues by analysing the consequences of business decisions as well as recommending and evaluating decisions. Pupils who have studied Business Studies often continue on this pathway through to A Level and is a very popular degree choice as it leads to a wide range of business careers.

Students will study some of the key areas within a business, such as marketing, finance, human resources and operations. They will also consider how a business is affected by external factors such as legislation, competition and the economy.

Students will need to be able to perform financial calculations as well as analysing data.

The AQA GCSE is all exam based – there is no coursework. Students study the following topics –

Business in the real world – The purpose and nature of businesses, Business ownership, Business aims and objectives, Stakeholders, Business location, Business planning, Expanding a business.

Influences on business – Technology, Ethical and environmental considerations, Economic climate, Globalisation, Legislation, Competitive environment.

Business operations – Production processes, The role of procurement, The concept of quality, Good customer services.

Human resources – Organisational structures, Recruitment and selection of employees, Motivating employees, Training.

Marketing – Identifying and understanding customers, Segmentation, The purpose and methods of market research, The elements of the marketing mix: price, product, promotion and place (4Ps).

Finance – Sources of finance, Cash flow, Financial terms and calculations, Analysing the financial performance of a business.

GCSE Business Studies Subject Information