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GCSEs are changing – what does it all mean?

GCSEs are changing

The first of the new specification GCSEs, graded 9-1 rather than the more familiar grades of A*-G, will be awarded this August. Students have sat the new maths and English GCSEs for the first time this May/June. As well as the grading being different, the style of assessment questions have also changed bringing new challenges to students and teachers alike. As a result of these changes, GCSE maths and English performance this year cannot be compared to previous years.

New Year 11 students who will sit most of their GCSE exams in May-June in 2018 will have nearly all their GCSEs as the new 9-1 specifications with only the exceptions being technology subjects and psychology. Because HVC students get a one year GCSE option in Y10 and Y11, some students may still have a mix of A*-G and 9-1 grade GCSEs until May 2021.

Click here for more information about the new GCSE grading system.

Information for parents – New GCSE grading

Information for students – New GCSE grading


Year 10 Tutor and Post-16 Information Evening

At a Year 10 tutor and information evening in June, parents heard a short presentation from the Principal, David Willis, about how HVC will be supporting helping to inspire our students through this period of challenge and change.

Click here for a copy of his presentation: Y10 parents evening – June 2017

As well as various Post-16 providers being available for students and parents to speak to and to ask questions (including Derbyshire and Sheffield Sixth Form Schools, apprenticeship providers and colleges), Kevin Lennox, HVC’s independent advice and guidance counsellor, was available to speak to parents.


Year 10 Work-related learning day

On Wednesday 21 June 2017, Year 10 students had a special day prior to their week’s work experience or work-related activities week. Students worked with Chimp Management Ltd, whom some students have already been working with, on short-term goal setting and finding the resilience and motivation to put in effort to achieve long-term goals.

For more information about Chimp Management Ltd, see their website: http://chimpmanagement.com/

Students had the opportunity to meet many members of HVC Alumni, as well as local employers to find out about different employment sectors, from highly structured career routes like medicine to career experiences like setting up your own enterprise and self-employment.