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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.

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!