The introduction of new exam specifications in GCSE subjects has resulted in a request for extra time in Key Stage 4 from a large number of teachers. As a response to this request we are in the process of considering moving to a 3 year Key stage 4 starting in September.
Our teachers feel that providing more time for pupils to cover the content of the new revised, harder GCSE courses; will enable pupils to gain higher grades.
For this to happen, pupils in our current Year 8 would make choices as regards the subjects they would wish to follow to examination level in March 2018. And start to study these subjects in September 2018 when they enter Year 9.
We feel that the advantages of making this change are:
Pupils will have more time to cover the content of the GCSE courses in greater depth
Pupils will gain higher grades
More time will be available for enrichment activities, such as trips to museums and visits to Universities
Some disadvantages are:
There will be a reduction of Key Stage 3 curriculum time
The number of subjects a pupil studies in Year 9 will reduce a little
If we do not make these proposed changes we may need to consider other courses of action to find additional curriculum time such as:
Reducing the number of option choices available to pupils
Reducing time allocated to non-examined areas of the curriculum such as PE
Please use the link provided below if you wish to communicate with me any views or questions you may have regarding this proposal.