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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 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/

Art and Design

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 Art and Design students will build on skills such as:

* The observation and recording of visual images and through these activities the expression of feelings and emotions.

* The study of the work of Artists, Photographers, Designers, Craft Makers alongside the study of work from a variety of cultures and eras.

* The development of planning and visualization skills.

* The intuitive and logical processes of designing.

* Promoting visual enquiry, creative and imaginative thought, and applying aesthetic principles.

The department’s focus for assessing pupil progress as laid out within the various Key Stages simplifies into the following key areas:

* Recording.

* Developing.

* Refining.

* Presenting a Personal Response.

Within this the main underlying focus is on knowledge, understanding and skills. Key skills which are looked for within Art and Design include:

* Creativity.

* Exploring and experimenting.

* Taking risks and learning from mistakes.

* Competence using a variety of different media.

* Analysing and Evaluating.

* Designing and Planning.

* Critical and cultural knowledge and understanding.

* Research and investigational skills.