Form Group Changes
It is our policy to change a child’s form group at key points of their schooling with us. In Secondary, pupils’ form groups will be changed in Years 7, 10 and 12. Pupils are mixed to enable them to learn how to make new friendships, to develop strategies for coping with change and to ensure form groups have a fair and even spread of the year group in terms of numbers, gender and native English speakers. We are unable to enter into discussions with parents or pupils about the group to which they have been assigned and appreciate your support in speaking to your child and helping them through what can sometimes be a difficult time for them. In our experience all pupils quickly adapt to their new groups and go on to made a wider and more diverse set of friendships within a couple of weeks of the new school year.
Year 10 & 11 Curriculum
Pupils in Years 10 & 11 study a core curriculum and are also able to choose four optional subjects. Compulsory subjects include:
|Compulsory IGCSE Subjects
||Compulsory Complementary Studies
||Optional IGCSE Subjects
Personal, Social & Health Education
|Art & Design
Lessons are normally delivered in double periods (1h30).
Compulsory and optional IGCSE subjects will culminate in examinations at the end of Year 11. Please note that these examinations are externally set, marked and moderated by one of three examination boards. (I)GCSE is a highly regarded qualification which is accredited by OfQual and currently examined, in our school, by CIE, Pearson and AQA. Further details of which boards examine which subjects can be found in the Curriculum Outlines accessible via the link above.
Examination timetables are set by the boards each year and cannot be altered. Speaking and practical examinations can take place as early as February of Year 11 whilst written examinations normally take place from the end of April until the end of June. It is imperative that parents do not book any holidays for pupils in Year 11 after Christmas as any examinations that are missed cannot be taken at another time and normally result in an X (NO RESULT) grade in the final exam.
Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Tracking
Pupils in Years 10-11 are now mostly assessed against the new GCSE criteria using a scale of 1-9 (9 being the highest available grade). You will receive three written reports each year and will also be invited in to meet with your child’s form tutor and subject teachers. For further information please download our Parent Guide to Assessment as well as our Assessment Calendar for Parents.