Find out information about Holcombe Grammar School here and learn about what courses your child should be doing if they hope to pass the entry examination into Holcombe Grammar School.
About Holcombe Grammar School
Holcombe Grammar School is a selective 11-18 boy’s school (with a mixed sixth form). The school’s history is believed to date from 1817, but its formal history began in 1913 with the establishment of Chatham Junior Technical School to train young men aged 13 – 16 for careers as artificers in the Royal Navy and in the Royal Dockyard School as engineers. The School evolved to become a centre of academic excellence as Chatham Grammar School for Boys, offering GCSE and A Levels as well as some vocational courses. The school officially became known as Holcombe Grammar School from the 1st Jan 2017.
|Places in Year 7||120 places|
|Competition||4+ applicants for every place|
|Exam Format||CEM – VR & Maths plus extended writing|
Holcombe Grammar School Courses
With high entry standards to Holcombe Grammar School, your child will need plenty of preparation in order to get in. Parents can choose to use tutors/tuition centres or books/structured courses. The benefits of a structured course are that it is tailored to the area you are applying for and parents can focus on helping their child rather than worrying about which books to buy when and what order to do the work in.
Our courses are used by parents and by private tutors who choose to use them instead of books to help their children.
Which 11 Plus course to choose?
If your child is in Year 3 or Year 4 then please use our primary schools course chooser (link below) as a guide to starting on the right course. These courses focus on core literacy and numeracy skills. They help your child reach their potential before moving onto 11 Plus preparation at the right time.
If your child is really bright and in the latter half of Year 4 or in Year 5 then please choose from the courses below which have been tailored for the 11 Plus and this school/area.
Complete Courses – Complete preparation for the 11 Plus Exam
The course below is our flagship course. This course is 40 parts in length with its own dedicated page including full details and free course preview.
Please note that this school also includes an extended writing task as part of the assessment. We therefore highly recommend supplementing our Complete 11 Plus Programme with our 11 Plus Creative Writing Course.
If you just wanted to focus on the literacy or numeracy elements then we have cut those out of the main course to create the two courses below.
If you just wanted to focus on vocabulary then we have cut that out of the main course to be a course on its own.
Enhance Courses- For those with a little less time
If you have less time available we have cut our main course down to half the length (roughly 65% of the materials in the complete course are included in our Enhance course). Full details and free preview are available by following the link:
Please note that this school also includes an extended writing task as part of the assessment. We therefore highly recommend supplementing our 11 Plus Enhance Course with our 11 Plus Creative Writing Course.
If you just wanted to focus on either the literacy or numeracy aspects then we have cut those from the full Enhance course to create two alternative options.
If you just wanted to focus on vocabulary then we have cut this from the Enhance courses as well to create a further option.
Boost Courses- For those preparing without much time to go until the exam
If you are preparing later then we have produced these short courses which are half the length of Enhance courses but contain about 40% of our longest course. Link to the full Boost course below where you will find full details and an in-depth free preview:
Please note that this school also includes an extended writing task as part of the assessment. We therefore highly recommend supplementing our 11 Plus Boost Course with our 11 Plus Creative Writing Course.
If you just wanted to focus on literacy or numeracy then we have cut-down versions our Boost course below.
If you just wanted to focus on vocabulary then we have also created a boost vocabulary course below.
We have created a revision course which is suitable for this school. This tends to be used by families who have not found us until very late and have perhaps prepared with books or with some tutoring but now want to have something more structured.
Please do not do this course if you have done any of the courses above as there is some crossover of material.
Preparation for Independent School 11 Plus Exams
Often we will find parents are asking their children to sit an 11 Plus exam for a grammar school in September and then are going on to sit an Independent School 11 Plus exam the following January.
Where this is case we have prepared our 11 Plus Maths Stretch and Revision Course to help with the additional preparation required: