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Coronavirus Updates

Following the Government’s most recent Covid-19 update on Sunday 10th May it is important to note that there are no immediate changes in the education or child care provision made by schools.

Therefore, schools will continue to provide distance learning support for students and child care for Key Workers who have provided 24 hours notice of their intention to use the child care facility. 

 

As you will be aware, the government has announced the expectation that Secondary schools will begin a phased transition to school based learning during Term 6 for selected Year Groups.

 

We are working closely with the Local Authorities and the Department For Education to ensure the most effective and safe return to school for students and staff. We will be in contact you shortly to update you on our plans. Please continue to check your mailboxes and this website for updates. Thank you for your continued support.

 

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 r.martin@tsatrust.org.uk 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.

Years 10 and 12: Please see important Covid-19 update from 21.05.20 here.

Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13: Please see important Covid-19 update from 22.05.20 from here.

Please see letter to all parents from Ms Gould here.

For useful learning resources from Medway Libraries, please see here. 

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For all letters sent home about Coronavirus, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, please see here.

For resources for Year 11 into Year 12 students and those Year 13 students going into Higher Education, 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.

Free School Meals

Following on from the recent government announcement that the free school meal (FSM) e-vouchers, we have registered all students entitled to FSM with the DfE provider who will be distributing the e-vouchers using the email address you have provided to the school. We have not been advised when the first voucher will be sent, but any delay will not affect your entitlement. If you requested a printed voucher, these will follow on once we have received them but are subject to postal delays at present. Any queries, please use the following link: https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

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What is a MET student?

“A young person who is driven to make the most of the academic, social and individual opportunities available to them – in and out to school; to be curious and a lifelong learner becoming a valuable leading member of the local and national community. Ultimately to have mastery of their thinking, behaviour and ambitions to lead a fulfilling life”.

At Holcombe we have a MASTERY, ENDEAVOUR and THINKING Programme (MET)  whereby the students from every year voluntarily choose to engage with the MET contract, which can be found here.
Students are initially selected by the  Head of Year (HOY) and the Lead MET Practitioner based on external standardised tests and internal data based on achievement, attainment and behaviour. The students attend extra-curricular clubs, weekly meetings with myself and try to stretch themselves academically, socially and cognitively.
The MET programme is one which runs from Year 7 up until Year 13 and the prime purpose is to support and challenge the student to better themselves by taking up existing opportunities within their environment. The MET programme is driven to support a developing growth mindset by students leading their self-improvement.
Successful engagement with the programme is rewarded, foremost by praise and recognition and better interpersonal and communication skills, however other rewards for students who are currently on the MET programme, have included:
  • Open Days at The University of Cambridge, Queen’s College (Year 10 and Year 12)
  • Pathways at Higher Education Day at Canterbury Christchurch University (Year 7, 8 and 9)
  • Crest Award Engagement
  • Entries into the Radio 2500 word short story competition (Years 7-9)
  • Step Up to Cancer Bake-off
  • Weekly MET meetings to discuss topical issues and share ideas
  • Mock Interviews (individual and panel) in preparation for Oxbridge interviews (with Year 13 and staff across specialist areas)
  • Year 13 led workshops (“Raising aspirations and choosing pathways”) with small groups (Years 7-12)
  • MET Ambassadors representing the Programme on Open Days – engaging and raising awareness of the growth mindset and benefits of a extra-curricular programme to external parties
  • Presentations to peers on specialist areas of interest practising public speaking skills and fielding questions to an audience (Years 7-9)
  • Termly celebrations with doughnuts and sweets!

For useful websites and sources for students to stretch and challenge their learning, please see here.