We are consulting on potentially changing our Year 9 curriculum so that students continue with all of their subjects rather than choosing any GCSEs to take between Year 9 and Year 10.
While we are confident that children get access to the full national curriculum, the major benefit of this is that every child will continue to be able to learn all of the foundation subjects (Art, Music, Computing, Design and Technology) for a further year. In addition to this, they will also be able to continue the study of Drama. We had intended to consult on this prior to 2021, but it is now especially important given the recent disruption to education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and that many of our children will not have had the experiences they should have.
However, there are downsides. At the moment our children are able to leave Kingsmead with eleven GCSEs or equivalent. Two of those are the early-entry ones that they can study and complete before the end of Y10, then complete a further one of their choosing in Y11. This not only allows access to a very wide variety of course choices right up to Y11, but means pupils easily combine their personal interests with a challenging ‘Ebacc’ curriculum. This helps us to fulfil our mission of giving every child access to a university course or professional career of their choosing. It means our pupils can choose to follow their own path. It also means that they get to experience GCSE exams a little earlier and go through the formal process before Y11, and experience our children told us was hugely helpful to their wellbeing.
If you are a Kingsmead pupil and have a view on this, please let us know here. Pupil View
If you are a parent and have a view on this, please let us know here. Parent View