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Virtual Open Day

Welcome to our Virtual Open Day

"I am excited to showcase everything our amazing school has to offer. Here at HGS our students grow into successful, well-rounded, confident people.

As a Thinking School, my team and I equip them for life so they can thrive in a world outside of academia, we develop their understanding of how they process everyday life, setting them up for success.

"Every student is encouraged to ‘Be Your Best Self’, it’s not just about celebrating attainment at HGS but the journey that got them there. We recognise the achievements of all our students.

"Sports is close to our heart and we offer a diverse range with our excellent facilities, including a newly refurbished sports hall, on-site gym, and new 3G pitch. Plus, for future endeavors our sixth formers can join our APD Football Academy, and train weekly to be in with a chance to play the organised Showcase Matches against Premier League clubs such as West Ham and Charlton.

So, without further ado, please take a look around, watch our videos, visit our school; discover Holcombe Grammar School and get to know us! Enjoy…"

Mr Lee Preston | Principal 

Discover Holcombe Grammar School

Part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust

1. WHO THEY ARE: Affectionately nicknamed Our Trust, it’s effectively the family name for the 18 schools in Our Trust. The schools within Our Trust are situated across Medway, Deal, Hampshire and Plymouth.

2. WHY A THINKING SCHOOL IS THE ONE FOR YOUR CHILD: A Thinking School challenges students to think deeply about their thinking, to be their best self and to gain the knowledge, tools and skills to shape their success in a life beyond school.

The children and young people we're presently educating will retire around 2070. According to experts most of the jobs our children will have don't even exist yet, and this is why developing skills to think independently and become life-long learners is so important.

3. HOW A THINKING SCHOOL WORKS: Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a 'one size fits all'. Each and every member of the TSAT family is equally as important and shares a direction and ethos; put simply, we believe that we are stronger together.

Our schools work with each student so they are aspirational and ready to move forward and understand their role within their local community and beyond. The Thinking School approach to education is unique and we believe that it genuinely transforms the life chances of our children, teaching them the critical thinking skills they need to be resilient in life after school.

Sports Facilities and our APD Football Academy

We have a wide range of sports that take place at Holcombe.  Physical activity plays a significant role in the lives of our students and in addition to their weekly PE lessons, there are regular opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, including football, rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics to name but a few. Opportunities are available for students to engage in a range of intra-school fixtures and competitions as well.

Students will also have use of our gym, providing them with access to free weights and resistance machines at Thinking Fitness.

In addition to a great selection of physical activities, students also have the opportunity when they enter into Sixth Form, to work with top coaches at Advanced Players Development, our Football Academy provider.  This is in addition to the opportunity for students to to study for 3 A Levels.

Student Wellbeing

Holcombe has a well-deserved reputation for the high levels of pastoral care we provide for our pupils.

Our Student Services Department look after the pastoral needs of our pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13 and provide a point of contact and support for pupils and their families throughout their time with us.