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Ethos and Values

Holcombe is an ambitious and supportive Grammar school where life chances are transformed through Mastery, Endeavour and Thinking

TSAT Vision statement : Every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.

Education is the key to accessing these opportunities and we support and develop every member of our community to:

  • Think about their thinking 
  • Be their best self
  • Shape their success

In this way, Thinking Schools Academy Trust transforms life chances

Holcombe Grammar School Vision Statement

Holcombe is an ambitious and supportive Grammar School where life chances are transformed.

We are an inclusive learning community where everyone is made to feel valued. Whatever an individual’s background, we strive to ensure that our highly capable students are offered the best opportunities to:

Develop Mastery

  • Mastery of Learning - Students willengage with our challenging and ambitious curriculum that develops the ‘whole child’. We will provide high quality academic and personal learning opportunities, both in and beyond the classroom, to enable them to ‘Shape their Success’.
  • Mastery of Self - students will learn to ‘Be Their Best Self’. They will learn to be confident, resilient and respectful to ensure they can be successful in their lives. They will learn the importance of being well presented, well mannered and well intentioned in all that they do.

Show Endeavour

  • Aspire and Achievewhatever their background, we will encourage students to have the highest aspirations and expectations of themselves, now and in the future, so they maximise their chances of being academically and personally successful at the highest possible level.
  • Celebrate successes - Whether their achievement is in a classroom, on the sports field or on a stage we will recognise and celebrate every endeavour.


Become a Thinking community

  • Develop Thinking - Students will learn how to put our Thinking and Reflection tools at the heart of their work, both in and beyond school. They will be encouraged to push themselves to maintain an open mind, Think about their thinking and be a life-long learner.
  • Contribute to our Community - Students will be guided to share in our caring community culture of kindness, mutual respect and anti-discrimination. Each day, we will embrace our diversity and demonstrate our beliefs as an inclusive Rights Respecting committed School.


Holcombe awarded Advanced Thinking School status - Late in term 1 2022, the Holcombe community was awarded Advanced Thinking School status by Exeter University. This is testament to the hard work of staff and students alike, and reflective of the commitment made by all parties to embrace a Thinking School culture.

Artsmark - We are proud to be on the journey to become an Artsmark accredited school. Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, develop character, talent and confidence and increase their knowledge and understanding.