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Coronavirus Updates

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 office@newhorizonschildrensacademy.org.uk or calling 0333 602115 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.

Update 03.04.20: Please see here for letter to Year 11 and Year 13, or here for a letter to parents of students in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

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

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, 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.

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, ‘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.