While the UK government continues its consultations with Ofqual and various education advisors about its intention to reform the National Curriculum’s GCSEs from 2015, initiatives take by the Academic staff at Worth School in recent years have ensured that the School is leading the way in offering rigorous curricula in both GCSE and IGCSE.
Worth School’s Deputy Head (Academic) Anne Lynch said: “The School has taken a highly proactive and considered approach to the introduction of IGCSEs and we are already well in the frame as market leaders in bringing in the IGCSE curriculum alongside GCSEs, with about half of academic subjects offered in each.
UK entries for IGCSE have exploded in 2013, with numbers up 115 per cent on last year’s sits, and at Worth School the introduction of the IGCSE curriculum in Sciences and Modern Languages has proved to be particularly successful.
“In Spanish IGCSEs the pupils at Worth School have achieved 90 per cent pass rate at A*-A this summer,” said Mrs Lynch. “In Biology the 73 per cent pass rate at A*-A has been so strong that we have had to add an additional set at AS in Year 12 this term, as it became clear that we had a higher number of prospective medics in the making.”
Results in Mathematics IGCSEs have also gone from strength to strength. This summer, Worth School had one pupil achieve an outstanding 100 per cent, with nine other pupils gaining at least 95 per cent and 19 achieving 90 per cent.
“This year’s results really reflect the approach we have been taking over the last few years regarding IGCSE and GCSE curricula. Overall, we must ensure that our qualifications are fit for purpose and that is about establishing an ideal preparation to take pupils into their IB Diploma or A Levels,” added Mrs Lynch.
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