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Coronavirus Updates

Further information about how our Trust and schools are taking necessary precautions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, can be found in our Trust’s ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) website section’.

For responses to our National Writing Day #247challenge, please see here.

Students joining us in Year 12 September 2020: please see a page of resources for you here. 

Update 03.07.20: For an update from Mr Preston about September Reopening, to Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, and our incoming Year 7s, please see here.

Update 08.06.20: Year 10 and 12 parents and carers, please see the letter that has been sent out with your student’s bubbles. For FAQs, please see here.

Live Learning Timetables: Please see here for live learning timetables for this term for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.


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.

You can access Holcombe Grammar School’s COVID-19 latest update and archived letters for the whole school and year groups, including links to resources at https://www.holcombegrammar.org.uk/support-guidance/holcombe-covid-19-update/

Pastoral

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

We regard high levels of self-discipline as a corner stone of a successful education and a foundation for life. As a result, behaviour in lessons and around school is excellent with teachers and pupils having a very good working relationship. Undisciplined behaviour is rare but when it occurs, we deal with it fairly but firmly. We work with parents to restore relationships and to help pupils recognise the impact that their poor behaviour has on themselves and on other people.

Good behaviour, good attendance and punctuality are rewarded in a wide variety of ways, through ‘Tag Days’, certificates, visits and trips as well as commendation letters and ‘Donut Days’.

Incidents of bullying are rare because of the caring nature of the school, when they do occur, we adopt a zero-tolerance approach and will if necessary, exclude bullies from school, permanently if need be.

Pupils remain in the same form group, with the same form tutor throughout Key Stages 3&4 and this allows good working relationships to be established between pupil and teacher and parent and teacher.

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.

There is a peer mentoring system where older pupils are available to provide a sympathetic ear for younger pupils. The peer mentors are trained in child protection as are all members of teaching and support staff.

The school works alongside the Young Carers Organisation to support pupils who have caring responsibilities at home and we meet once a month during a lunchtime. The school administers a bursary scheme for pupils whose financial circumstances might make attendance at school difficult.

Please see a number of useful links here.