# Monday, 04 June 2012
Saturday, 23 February 2013 11:16:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Carol, Thank you for your question.• The desoiicn to introduce a curriculum model based upon 9 GCSEs as the usual pattern for pupils was taken during the Autumn Term, by the joint senior leaders of both schools at that time. Heads of Department were also consulted and the structure was approved, with overwhelming support for a model which increases the regularity and continuity of lessons each week, as well as the amount of time actually spent with teachers for many subjects, particularly in the Sixth Form. Quite appropriately, specifics of curriculum desoiicns of any school in the UCST Group are decided at local level, and there is a variety of practice among the Group’s schools, each reflecting their own circumstances and the needs of their pupils.• One key aspect of this desoiicn is a review of how science is delivered on the Lytham site, and the belief that pupils studying the three separate sciences should be allocated more time than those studying the Dual Award. Additionally, the joint Whole School Leadership Team believes that pupils in Middle School should have discrete PE lessons, just as they do in Lower School, separate from the school’s Games provision. • It should be noted that the Mathematics curriculum is also being remodelled, so that the most able mathematicians will take their GCSE a year early from 2014, and study a further qualification (worth more than a GCSE) during Year 11. As a result, some pupils will ultimately be able to qualify in 10 subjects, most in 9, and some in fewer; Learning Support will continue to be offered in lieu of MFL for pupils with recognised learning difficulties and other individual arrangements will be made, as advisable;• In terms of Higher Education entrance, good passes in 9 GCSEs is a strong foundation for all applications. There is no advantage from this point of view to studying more GCSEs, and University Admissions Tutors make the point repeatedly that they are interested in quality, not quantity.If any parent wishes to discuss curriculum issues further please do not hesitate to contact me, or either Mr Stephenson or Mrs Cooper on the Lytham site, or Mr Jenkinson on the Blackpool site.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 05:22:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
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