St John’s RC Academy (along with every school in Scotland) is undergoing a time of major curriculum improvement. These improvements are needed so that we can enable every child and young person to be ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Under the title of ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ there have been significant improvements in approaches to learning, to teaching and to how we engage children and young people in all aspects of the school community.
The most recent changes involve the introduction of new national qualifications in S4, which are called National 3-5. These replace Standard Grades and will also replace Access 3 and Intermediate 1-2. New Highers have also been launched and these offer progression from the current National 5s.
Some of the changes are about how we assess our pupils. For example, qualifications at National 3 and 4 (and a few at National 5) do not require an external exam. This allows assessment to be gathered on a day-to-day basis and will better reflect what our pupils can actually do, without the distraction of a formal examination. This will also mean that almost all young people in S4 will have fewer exams in April/May. This has an impact on study leave for some of our young people.
As always, we ask our parents and carers to support your child and your school in every way you can so that, together, all our young people can achieve or even exceed our expectations.
We would be delighted to hear your views on how the curriculum at St John’s RC Academy is meeting the needs of your child. We would also be particularly interested at this time to know your views on exam leave. Please let us know in writing and address this to ‘Depute Headteacher: School Improvement’, or call the office and ask for a meeting time.