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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.


Key Stage 4

Students will be studying both English Language and English Literature with the AQA Examination Board at Holcombe Grammar School.  The English Language GCSE is 100% exam and 20 % of this is determined by the quality of a student’s spelling, punctuation and grammar. Therefore it is essential that pupils are perfecting their literacy skills and ensuring accuracy in their written work at all times. The other 80% of the course is separated into two sections: analysing a range of unseen texts and writing in a number of form, such as descriptive writing, narrative writing, reviews, magazine articles, formal and informal letters and advice leaflets, to name but a few.  Students will still be required to submit marks for the speaking and listening component of English Language GCSE and therefore will be required to complete a range of speaking and listening assessments throughout the 3 year course.  Though these will not go towards their final grades, pupils will be awarded a certificate reflecting their ability to communicate coherently and effectively to an audience; skills which have been shown to be an important factor in the workplace.  Without question, a Level 6 or above in this subject is indispensable to anyone who wishes to apply to a more popular university and/or pursue a career with a reputable employer and this will require creative thinking, persistence and the ability to take responsible risks.

GCSE English Literature is also an important GCSE for its ability to enable students to decode texts and to plan cogent essays in response. Such reading and writing skills can be transferred into any situation where demanding language needs to be understood such as legal and financial documents. The study of Literature also allows students to debate moral and philosophical issues. Such study contributes to their moral and emotional development.  The texts currently studied are Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’, Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s ‘A Sign for Four’ and the Conflict Poetry in the AQA Poetry Collection.