Argyll and Bute Council has responded to concerns about the possible impact of Hermitage Academy’s Curriculum for Excellence model on the 2015 academic results.
The school uses a model, developed in consultation with parents, which means that the majority of pupils study for two years toward Higher qualifications, rather than sitting examinations in S4.
The aim is to allow pupils to focus on the Higher course making use of 8 weeks (in effect an additional term) previously devoted to examination preparation in S4. The model allows pupils to be presented at the most appropriate exam level at the end of the two years. The model reflects the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.
The meeting of full Council (Thursday 22nd October) heard that many pupils achieved considerable success in the qualification exams of 2015, and that the school and Education Service are already taking action in response to concerns of some parents and pupils for whom the approach was not as successful.
To address concerns, and in line with good practice, the school and the Education Service have already begun a review of the model that involves scrutinising the first year of results and consulting parents, staff and pupils.
Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Education said: “The education of our children and young people is a key priority for the Council. Hermitage Academy is supporting many of its pupils to achieve excellent results, develop skills and look to their futures with confidence. We want this for all our pupils.
This review will consider the needs of pupils of all ages. Action will be taken where needed. We want for our pupils the success parents want for their children and young people want for themselves.”
The review is expected to be completed in November and the school will implement any identified improvements immediately during the review
Council also agreed the following points:
- Regular updates on the review will be reported to the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee.
- The review will be scrutinised at the December Community Services Committee and at the following Policy and Resources Committee where any policy changes recommended will be considered for implementation.
Parents or pupils with any questions about the review or concerns are encouraged to speak to the school directly.