Dear Parents and Carers

Qualifications gained at the end of Key Stage 4 are an essential springboard for students' development and play a part in shaping future educational and career opportunities. However, the English education system is in an unprecedented era of change. Students will be studying for harder “more rigorous” GCSEs that will be training them to be part of a “high skilled, highly-educated society”. In response to this, our curriculum will allow students to combine a core of English Baccalaureate subjects with others from a broader range to ensure that they keep their future options open. This will enable them to start training and apprenticeships leading to successful professional careers as well as University should they so wish.

It would be in the best interests of your child if you would take the time to read this booklet, use the data sheet, as well as attend the GCSE Information Evening. We will also be inviting you to the 1:1 interview your child will have with a senior leader. If you have any further questions, which remain unanswered, then I and other members of the Senior Leadership Team will be more than happy to answer them.

Please note the deadline for the return of these forms is Tuesday 5th March 2019.


R Naylor

Vice Principal - Curriculum