Tuesday 17th October 2023

Dear Families,

Year 10 Triple Science - D Band

I am writing to inform you of the changes that we are making for Year 10s currently studying Triple and Combined Science. After completing the results analysis, we believe that students will be able to access 8,8 to 9,9 in Combined Science rather than the lower grades across all Triple Science awards. Better outcomes will lead to a wider range of pathways at Key Stage 5. We are actively encouraging students to continue their studies of Science at A Level and they will be able access the courses with either a grade of 5,5 in Combined Science if they take the higher papers or if they sat the equivalent in the Triple Sciences.

From September we will teach two classes (D1, D2) Triple Science. Students will need to be engaged and motivated to succeed as there is limited curriculum time to complete the content. It also relies on students working hard and independently on revision to reach their potential. Students studying Combined Science will have the opportunity to sit the higher paper and use the gained knowledge from Triple content to help improve their outcomes.

To assist us in our decision as to who should continue to study Triple Science, students will be assessed and monitored throughout this academic year. We will also take into account the students previous academic record alongside their classwork and commitment to Science. There will be an end of Year 10 assessment in the summer term. Their teachers will tell them what content to revise with plenty of time to consolidate their studies. The aim will be to report the outcome of that assessment to you in the reports before the Summer break and the new classes start in September.

If you or your child have any questions, please talk to their Science teacher in the first instance.

Yours faithfully

Sarah Luxon

Head of Science