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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

Useful Resources

Useful websites and sources for students to stretch and challenge their learning

MET students are expected to regularly interact with resources to widen their understanding of themselves and the world we live in.

Key Stage 3 and 4

  • https://help.crestawards.org/portal/kb/crest-awards. Students pick a single project or series of challenges that will allow them to meet the criteria for their selected Award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold). These projects can be around any STEM topic or theme. When applying for university or for an apprenticeship, CREST Awards are highly regarded by admissions officers and employers as having a CREST Award demonstrates an understanding of the scientific method. Also, having a CREST Awards shows that you possess useful skills, such as problem solving, creating thinking, decision making and project management.
  • https://complete-careers.com/resources/  and https://complete-careers.com/crazy-careers-videos/. These resources aim to ensure that all learners have the skills, knowledge, attitudes and aspirations to develop a good understanding of themselves, the full range of opportunities available to them, and the capacity to achieve their ambitions and manage the challenges of employment in the 21st Century. The resources are designed to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks and Ofsted requirements in relation to Careers development.

Key Stage 3 to 5

  1. Subject choice: A Levels and Degrees
  2. Thinking about university (especially suitable for pupils in their final years of school)
  3. How to show passion for your subject (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
  4. Life at university: accommodation and living at university (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
  5. Life at university: clubs and societies (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
  6. University applications
  7. Life at university: studying at university
  8. Life at university: beyond your degree

Key Stage 4 and 5

  • The University of Cambridge Super-Curriculum Suggestions is a very comprehensive list of websites relating to the courses that are offered and the suggested reading and research in each area. To view the document, please see here.
  • The best aspect of the super-curricular activities is that there are no exams or deadlines to worry about – you are free to follow your own lines of enquiry into the areas that interest you the most. Rather than seeing this as a ‘tick box exercise’ to give you something to write about in your personal statement, you should take time to explore things that you genuinely find interesting and see where your investigations lead you.
  • https://www.dofe.org/. Any young person can do their Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE), regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
  • https://www.ted.com/playlists/270/small_ways_to_change_the_world is a useful starting point
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts for a range of factual and fiction podcasts

MAGAZINES AND ONLINE RESOURCES TO ACCESS:

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/resources/magazines-and-newspapers-for-children-and-teenagers. This website includes magazines such as National Geographic, “the world renowned periodical examining modern Geography, Science and Natural History,” New Scientist, “a leading weekly publication looking at the world of science, nature and technology” to Prospect, “full of contemporary think pieces about current issues and opinions in modern western society.”

Details of all the site of the resources listed above can be found on the original websites:

www.bbc.co.uk

www.cam.ac.uk

https://complete-careers.com/

www.crestawards.org.uk

https://www.dofe.org

www.mensa.org.uk

www.ox.ac.uk

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/resources/magazines-and-newspapers-for-children-and-teenagers

www.ted.com