Holcombe Grammar School is a selective boys’ academy in Medway, Kent, established in 1817 for ages 11-18. Their most recent Ofsted rating (2018) was ‘Good’, with pupils' progress and attainment well above national averages.
Holcombe Grammar School splits students into four houses named after ships built at Chatham Dockyard, close to the campus. The Thinking Schools Academy Trust sponsors Holcombe Grammar School, and it is part of a family of local schools. There are currently 16 academies in the Trust covering Kent and Portsmouth.
Holcombe Grammar School may become co-educational from 2024, under plans put forward by Medway Council. The proposed changes mean that 5% more children who pass the Medway Test could get a place at a grammar school in the area, resulting in a more equal split of boys and girls' places. The plans for this are still in progress.
Address: Holcombe, Letchworth Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6JB
Admissions contact: [email protected], 01634 830 083
School type: academy
Number of pupils: 960 (approximately)
Number of places in Year 7: 120
Open day date: October
11 plus exam dates: mid-September
Exam board type: Medway Test
Holcombe Grammar School's term dates for 2023–24 are:
Autumn term: 4th September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
Holcombe Grammar School uses the Medway admission criteria to determine which pupils are eligible for a place. If places are oversubscribed, priority is given to students who have an older sibling at Holcombe Grammar School, children of staff at Holcombe Grammar School, and children who attend a Thinking Schools' Academy Trust Medway primary school. Holcombe Grammar School has a catchment area based on location and distance from the school.
Open days for Holcombe Grammar School are in October, which allows both parents and potential pupils to learn more about the admissions process and see the school and facilities.
To apply to Holcombe Grammar School for Boys, parents need to complete the common application form (CAF), which you can get from the Medway Local Authority. Parents looking to apply from schools outside the Medway Local Authority should apply by using the form provided by the Local Authority where they live.
Holcombe Grammar School uses the Medway 11 plus to assess potential students. Your child can take the Medway Test whether they live in Medway or not. Students can sit the test at their school if they go to a Medway school, or at a Medway Test centre.
Registration for the Medway Test opens and closes in June. The test takes place on various dates in September, depending on whether you live in Medway or not, with results issued in October. Holcombe Grammar School sends out offers for potential students the following March.
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The Holcombe Grammar School 11 plus consists of a verbal reasoning test, a maths test and an extended writing test. The verbal reasoning and maths tests last 50 minutes, each being multiple-choice. The English test is usually a 50-minute essay with 10 minutes of planning time.
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