Curriculum Information for Year 10 Students - 31st March 2020

As you will be aware, students in the current year 10 were due to finish two of their subjects this year rather than in year 11. The subjects that were due to finish are listed below:

  • Art

  • Business Studies

  • Child Care

  • Computer Science

  • Dual Humanities (Geography only for those students studying history and geography)

  • Engineering

  • Hospitality and Catering

  • iMedia

  • Music

  • Religious Education

  • Sports Science


You will have seen in the media that terminal examinations will be awarded based primarily on school data. Teachers will be asked to predict the final grades students would have achieved if the exam and all its elements had gone ahead as planned. There will be a request for evidence to support these judgements and this may take the form of completed coursework, internal key assessments and previous grades and marks. Exam boards will then also take into account further data they hold centrally such as SATs, previous national trends and previous school figures etc. We are yet to receive detail of this. All this information from the school and any centrally held data, will then be used to formulate a grade per subject for each student. We have asked the awarding bodies of the qualifications our year 10 students are taking if this measure will also be applied to them. We have been told this will not be the case.


With this in mind, it is with some reluctance that we have had to change the curriculum for current year 10 students when they are in year 11 next year. We will no longer be running the citizenship course that we had intended to run and will use the four hours of curriculum time allocated for it to continue with the delivery of the subjects listed above for certification in 2021 rather than 2020.


All students will continue to have access to certification in ten subjects, including full EBacc entry. In order to ensure that students are fully prepared for next year, please encourage them to pay close attention to instructions from their teachers that are being delivered via email and google classroom and if you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Mills (rmills@kingsmeadow.org.uk) Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum.


We look forward to us all engaging in a challenging year 11.


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