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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 03.07.20: For an update from Mr Preston about September Reopening, to Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, and our incoming Year 7s, 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

Religious Studies

Religious Studies is one of the most important subjects that you will study, particularly in the multicultural society in which we live.  In the modern world of international travel and broadening experiences it is essential that we understand the values and beliefs of those people around us.

Key Stage 3

Religious Studies is a fascinating and diverse subject and during your time at CGSB you will examine the beliefs and practices of the six major world religions; Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.   We also spend lots of time looking at ethical issues, and problems affecting society and the world as we know it.  You will explore children’s rights, war and peace, crime and punishment, the environment, prejudice and discrimination and much more.  In year 8 you will also examine some of the major philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God.  This is a challenging topic, but one which students thoroughly enjoy!

Studying R.S. helps you to develop important skills which will help you both at school and outside and in the future in the workplace too!  You will learn to: empathise, evaluate, express yourself, analyse, investigate, interpret, communicate effectively, reflect and many more…!  Religious Studies is one of the few subjects which gives you the chance to express your ideas and opinions.  You do not have to be religious to study R.S, after all it is important to remember that that we are learning about religions, not to be religious! Your beliefs and ideas will be respected and listened to no matter what they are!