Curriculum Change letter for Year 9

Dear Parent/Carer (Year 9)

I am writing to inform you that it is our intention to change your child’s curriculum as they progress into Year 10 and beyond. These changes have been enforced by the extended closure of the school due to the current pandemic. I would like to outline these changes and allay any fears you may have over any potential impact.

Given the current government guidelines, it is very likely your child will not be returning to school until September at the earliest. This means that our Year 9 learners will have missed around 4 months of school and, therefore, we have made the decision to postpone their option GCSE entries for 1 year. This means they will sit these examinations along with the other core subjects at the end of Year 11.

The appendix shows you what the curriculum will look like at Harrow High School for your child in Years 10 & 11. We believe that our learners in Year 9 would be strongly disadvantaged if we persisted with our current model and entered them for the option examinations in Year 10. This then means they have more time to prepare and should consequently reduce stress and anxiety going into the examination period in Year 11.
Please note though that this model means your child will do one less GCSE subject (9 instead of 10). This will not, however, have any bearing on their chances of successfully progressing to our 6th form or any other college even if they wish at that stage to study Business Studies, Psychology or Sociology. The benefit of this means that they will get 2 more periods of English and 1 more of Science across Years 10 and 11.

I do understand that this a highly uncertain time for us all and I want to assure you that we have not made these decisions lightly but we do strongly believe we have made the most positive pathway for your child given the current circumstances. Please feel free to e-mail me should you have any questions or comments regarding this decision.

Yours sincerely,
J Buchanan
Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum & Timetabling

Year 9 Curriculum change letter June 2020