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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 office@newhorizonschildrensacademy.org.uk 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 admissions@holcombegrammar.org.uk. Please do not bring them into school.

Maths

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 you will study National Curriculum levels 5, 6 and 7, and the most able will progress to material at Level 8. Your Mathematics lessons will include a wide range of activities – we do practical work, group work, investigations and use plenty of ICT to support your learning. We even sometimes find ourselves doing some Mathematics outdoors!

Your teachers will work hard to show you how Mathematics crops up in the wider world; there is a strong emphasis on making Mathematics practical and relevant to you. We offer a Mathematics Clinic which you can attend to get help with your work or just to get some extra practice.

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 Junior 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.