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The Henry
Beaufort
School

Year 8 Feedback on Straw Poll 1

Dear Parents

Following on from Straw Poll 1 on the 21st November 2019 you will notice that there have been a few changes to the options form which I would like to take the opportunity to explain. All of these changes have taken place in either block B or C.

In block B you will notice the removal of GCSE RE and GCSE Textiles. GCSE RE has been removed due to an exceptionally low number of students showing an interest in this subject in this block. GCSE RE however, remains on Straw Poll 2 in block D where it proved to be much more popular.

As a school we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible quality of specialist teaching and learning for our young people. From September 2020 The Henry Beaufort School will not have a specialist Textiles teacher so we have therefore taken the decision to remove this option from the options form. Students can however, still take the textiles route through the Design and Technology GCSE, please see page 16 of our ‘subjects at a glance’ link for details.

As two subjects have come out of block B, these have been replaced by GCSE Business Studies and GCSE Engineering. We are really excited to be able offer GCSE Business Studies again, following its absence from our curriculum for the last three years. As this is a brand new subject, it is not yet included in our ‘Subjects at a Glance’ document. This will be included before the Christmas Break.

In block C you will notice the removal of GCSE Computing. GCSE Computing has been removed due to an exceptionally low number of students showing an interest in this subject in this block. Computing however, remains on Straw Poll 2 in block D where it proved to be much more popular.

Many students wrote about their concerns regarding the range of subjects available in block C. Having read all of these comments we have taken the decision to replace Computing with two different subjects; GCSE Food and GCSE Photography. GCSE Food has proved exceptionally popular in this year group and for that reason it now appears in two blocks: B and C.

Straw Poll 2 will be completed on Wednesday 15thJanuary 2020 during Personal Development day and if you wish to view the form beforehand it is available in the options section of our website.

Finally I would like to thank all parents for their patience and support so far in this process, it is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Miss Shelton

Assistant Headteacher

 

Update - 9th January 2020

 

It has become possible for us to offer a further Option of GCSE PE in block D. This will be reflected on the Straw  Poll 2 form that the students will complete next week.