Headteacher's notice - 15 May 2015

Examination reform

As we are now working under a new government, it is likely that we will continue with a number of examination reforms. We will try to keep parents fully informed and pass on relevant information as we receive it.

All students who start Sixth Form will need to take AS levels in their subjects, some of these will count towards their full A levels and some of these will not. However we will work with our students in order that they get the best possible results and will aim to minimise any student concerns.

At GCSE the government is placing more emphasis on English Baccalaureate subjects, everyone will take English, Maths and Science but some students will opt for additional ‘EBacc’ subjects; Computer Science, History, Geography and Languages.

Some subjects will no longer count or have examinations beyond certain dates, most of our subjects will not be affected by this reform, but there are a few subjects which might be vulnerable. We will not offer these subjects for students who are taking options next year, for any students who have already opted for affected subjects we will contact you directly and if necessary find an alternative option. We will do our best to minimise any disruption.

Due to the pace of change, we will be taking options a year later after this year, so year 7 students will take their GCSE options in year 9. We will continue to work with you in the best interest of our students.

Dr S J Hatfield, Headteacher

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