Senior Phase Coursing Update

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Currently we are working on preparing our 2020-21 timetable and the allocation of courses for each student. Ensuring that students are spoken with, individually, if their course choices cannot be fully satisfied, is a key part of this.

In the vast majority of cases, student choices can be fully satisfied within the column structure, though in some cases this requires the use of a student’s reserve choice. However, for a minority of students, it is not possible to allocate all of their preferred choices, even with their reserve. Often this is because some of the choices a student has made are only available in one column, which means they’ll be timetabled at the same time, and their reserve choice also clashes with another of their choices.

In normal circumstances, we would deal with these issues in school through a short meeting with each student. However, as we are working remotely, Ms Struthers will call each student to discuss the different solutions and options available to them. Where an email address has been provided to the school, the parent/ carer of each of these students has been contacted. Students may wish to look at the course choice prospectus for this session, to remind themselves of the different subject options available. This is available here.

Our next step will be to look closely at any students intending to pursue a mixture of level 5 and Higher courses, as these students may also need to make changes when the timetable is finalised. This is because some combinations of subjects, across levels, cannot be timetabled together to  provide enough teaching time. Any student who requires changes to their changes, as a result of this, will be informed in the next couple of weeks.

 

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