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Pupils withdrawn from German GCSE class
PUPILS have been withdrawn from a German GCSE class after more than a year of studies at a York school, so they can be given extra lessons in English and maths.
Millthorpe School head teacher Trevor Burton says the move – affecting pupils in one of the school’s four Year 11 German classes – follows changes to grade boundaries in GCSE English Language last year.
He said in a letter to parents that while achievement in all subjects was important, securing a grade C or above in English and Maths was “vital”.
He said: “We are determined to ensure students on the borderline of a grade C go into their English language examination with every advantage.”
He said that next month, pupils would also be completing a maths examination unit and the school was keen to provide additional classroom time to support them in this subject.
But one mother claimed the change had left her child and some other pupils in tears after having studied German since April 2011.
She said: “All that effort has now been wasted.”
She told The Press her own child was already expected to get a grade A or B in English, and she asked why pupils could not have been withdrawn from another subject, such as PE, where months of effort would not have been wasted. But Mr Burton said the school was being flexible and any pupils who wanted to carry on studying German would be able to switch to a different class.
He said this possibility was explained to any parents who took up an invitation to contact the school if they had any concerns, but only one parent had so far done so.
He said the change had been explained directly to pupils at school, many of whom were struggling with German and had seemed relieved they would be given extra tuition over the next six months as the vital English and Maths exams loomed.
He added a similar move was also being considered with pupils in one of the school’s French classes.
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