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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

In Key Stage 4 all students study GCSE material up to grade A* and you will always be challenged to do your best. This is when you can apply the concepts you learnt in Key Stage 3 to increasingly more complex problems. We will support you in developing your understanding of the concepts behind Mathematics.

We will continue to make your Mathematics lessons varied and you will take part in group work, investigations and e-learning activities. There is a strong emphasis in Key Stage 4 on the functional uses of Mathematics and examinations will include many questions involving an application of the Mathematics learnt to real-life problems. This will appeal to those students who enjoy problem-solving.

We in the Mathematics department are a team of enthusiastic teachers and we will inspire you to be independent and confident learners. You are encouraged to be good communicators and to engage in mathematical dialogue with us and your peers habitually. The more you enquire the deeper your understanding will be!

We enter a selection of students into the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge – a national competition where you will need to draw on your mental arithmetic and problem solving skills to be awarded gold, silver or bronze. You may even do well enough to progress to the next rounds!

A wide variety of careers are available with a qualification in Mathematics. Opportunities exist in areas such as banking, pharmaceuticals, oil, retailing, accountancy, management consultancy or in the utilities. A qualification in Mathematics is essential for careers in different branches of science, technology and engineering, and will also support courses in many areas such as Economics, Business and Finance.