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One of the most difficult decisions pupils have to make whilst at School is what subjects to drop as you start your GCSE courses. For some it is easy to decide which subjects to give up but for others this is an agonising decision. To help pupils and parents understand the process and the courses available the School provides an Options Booklet additionally I gave a talk to Year 9 parents prior to their attendance at the parents meeting last week.

Many of you will be aware of the changes that are occurring with the examination system and whether we are in favour or not of those changes they have been made. From September 2015 new courses in English language English literature and mathematics will be taught. When examined in 2017 they will be graded on a scale of 1 to 9 (with 9 being the top level). All other subjects will continue to use the A* to G classification to identify levels of performance. As other subjects start their new specifications (most in 2016) they too will adopt the new grading system. Those with long memories will remember that the old O levels used to be graded on a scale 1 to 9; only 1 was the top grade in those days! Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing).

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