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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 11.06.20: For an update about remote learning, to Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, 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 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



Key Stage 4

The study of Geography allows us to develop emotionally intellectual and holistic individuals through their studies. If you want to continue to study a subject which is interesting, lively, dynamic and wide ranging and you are interested in the world around you, then Geography is the subject for you!

GCSE Geography offers the unique opportunity to examine a wide range of processes at the physical and human interface. Geography provides an engaging real-world focus, where our students are encouraged to make geographical decision by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to real-life 1st century people and environment issues.

In KS4 Geography both physical and human geography topics are included in the new Edexcel specification as well as core skills that enable you to develop your analysis and evaluation of the world around you. The content also supports progression on to A Level by laying a foundation of knowledge and understanding that can continue to be nurtured and developed.

Physical topics include: the natural hazards of tectonics and climate, rivers, the coastal zone and an understanding of the UK’s physical geography. Whilst Human topics include:  development dynamics, challenges of an urbanising world and studies in to the UK’s ever changing urban landscape. GCSE Geography at Holcombe involves two compulsory fieldwork days which have seen us visiting a variety of locations from Guildford to Chatham, and Seaford to Sheerness.

Geography requires an inquiring mind and the willingness to work independently to take on challenging and relevant topics. You will develop a wide range of skills from data collection, written and verbal analysis and interpretation, as well as exploring real world case studies such as volcanic eruptions, coastal management and the growth of towns and cities. We aim to include a wide variety of approaches in delivering study material using core Thinking Skills so to develop problem solving and proactively taking an active approach to learning, helping students to become effective and independent learners.

Geography is relevant to a wide variety of careers and is viewed to be one of the most employable subjects to study due to the nature of the content covered. Many of these jobs may be either directly related to geography (e.g.  surveyor, meteorologist,  urban  planner,  cartographer  and  teaching),  or  in  areas  such  as  the  media, tourism and the civil service.

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