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Grouping statements for English and Mathematics, Sept 2015
The following changes are in line with existing school policy, and/or are responses to examination changes
- English grouping statement:
Students in year 8 will no longer be grouped according to their form but will be grouped into four classes on both Orange and Yellow. These groups are broadly based on ability and performance in year 7.
Students in years 9 and 10 will be grouped into five classes on both Orange and Yellow. They will be grouped into 3 bands, 1, 2 and 3 with two classes in both bands 1 and 2. Once again the classes are broadly based on ability.
From September 2015 the GCSEs for English and English Literature will no longer have tiers of entry and will be 100% examination. These examinations will be taken for the first time in 2017.
- Mathematics grouping statement:
Students in years 9 will be grouped into five classes on both Orange and Yellow. As in previous year the classes are based on ability.
The change to five classes in year 9 for both English and Mathematics is in response to the GCSE reform for 2015. We are creating smaller classes to enable us to prepare students for very significant changes to the GCSE qualification.
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Raising the Participation Age
By 2015 all young people will be required by law to stay in some form of education or training until they turn eighteen. This will be phased in from 2013. If you were born on or after 1st September 1996 you will be the first to be required to continue in education or training beyond 16. If you are in year 11 you must continue learning until July 2014. If you are in year 10 or below you will continue learning until your 18th birthday.
Reminder: There are a number of school visits taking place over the summer when children will be outdoors for the best part of the day, including, of course, sports day. This country does endure a fair amount of rain and not a lot of sun but we would ask parents to be well prepared and send their child into school with sun protection, even if it is a cloudy day.
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