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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 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.


Other letters about Coronavirus are below.

Letter to all parents – Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 27.03.20

Letter to parents – Year 11 and 13 27.03.20

23.03.20 – Key Workers

School Closure Guidance

Key Workers

Update 19.03.20

We will of course keep all parents up to date with any further announcements. 


Admissions 2020/21

All admission acceptances and appeals forms should be emailed to Please do not bring them in at the school. Ms Wood will be in touch soon to confirm receipt of documents. However, please email the Admissions email for any queries or concerns. We hope everyone is safe and well and we look forward to meeting you in September.

Year 08

Key Stage 3

The transition from Primary to Secondary School is an exciting and significant event for students. It may also be one of the scariest things they will have done in their lives to date! The experience that HGS provides for students in KS3 is designed to provide a solid foundation, not only to their continuing academic studies but also in their development as young, productive and valuable members of society.

From Year 8 onwards, students are encouraged to get involved in other whole-school trips, many of which are undertaken through the Languages Faculty with our friends and colleagues in other countries throughout the world.

The accelerated KS3 curriculum offered in Years 7 and 8 covers a wide range of subjects, skills and experiences. Lessons are taught by subject-specialists, but transferable skills are developed and used throughout the subjects. Individual focus days and weeks, including a cross-curricular week in Year 7 and a Maritime day trip in Year 8, provide extended opportunities for students to develop valuable functional and inter-personal skills.

Students are also encouraged to get involved in many other aspects of the Holcombe community. A large number of extra-curricular activities are offered with an extensive range of sports clubs, subject-specific societies and music and drama groups. Students also have the opportunity of making an impact on the life of the School through a number of different positions of responsibility including being a member of the School Council, the Diversity Group or taking on the role of Form or Sports Captain.