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Very proud of our students receiving these today! https://t.co/DOTm8tlYeq


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Amazing students always going over and beyond https://t.co/briaRrOI47


Very proud of our exceptional students who are giving up their Saturday morning to help in the community! They truly are exceptional! https://t.co/CbLj8BuAZT


I hope everyone is taking the time to complete the first task on our FHS advent calendar of kindness today! https://t.co/M73ooF8v0h


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Exciting projects coming up with 👏🏼 This week we completed a waste audit with their to see how well the students are using their bins and where improvements can be made https://t.co/UC3xQgovWG


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Exciting day at looking forward to getting back to to try out some new strategies https://t.co/3qKBTrD67h


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Dawn Clark

Received this yesterday very proud of my baby!! https://t.co/4IPQqc7vLX


A reminder that we finish at 12pm on Monday 3rd December for staff training. Buses and taxis have been notified.


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Thinking about trying ? ‘A Taste of Teaching’ is a series of open school events to inform and advise potential trainees https://t.co/gD8jLnlZSR


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Magna Carta Primary Academy

Susan Barker Essex County Council: Save Stansted Library! - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/q89buqdRK8 via We have signed this petition because libraries are the life blood of a community- or at least they should be.


A reminder there is a cake sale tomorrow as part of our anti-bullying activities. Students will need cash as we are raising money for anti-bullying charities. https://t.co/tqh6OhEK3z


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Emma Somerville Simply Signed BSL

Loved teaching to kids! They learnt so quick! https://t.co/XTZ3AOWQhL


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Extra Sixth Form Open Evening from 4.30-6.00pm tonight. To attend please email staffjbr.herts.sch.uk. More info see https://t.co/LcYtF03CK6 https://t.co/LIqZKVdYR9


Odd sock day for anti-bullying week. Don’t be a bully - its not cool! Choose friendship and not hate! https://t.co/XGdJsQxqnB


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When year 11 have been working so hard they deserve rewards https://t.co/F01QJqiu8p


It was a honour to lay a wreath on behalf of the FHS school community today. https://t.co/AJPb3KDEc5


If you are interested in a career in teaching we have an information morning on 11th December 9.30am - 11.30am https://t.co/W7PCaXADVI


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This is the amazing charity we are proud to support. https://t.co/4QT8EZpSsk


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KS4 Curriculum Information

Aims of Our Curriculum

Forest Hall School is committed to providing a broad, balanced, accessible and inclusive curriculum for all our students.  It is our aim to provide equally for the needs of all our students and offer support, where necessary, to allow access to the full curriculum.  We aim for excellence for all and are committed to ensuring that students can enjoy their studies and achieve success.

We want to make sure that each student has a positive learning experience; we believe that our curriculum will motivate and engage students, challenging them to achieve to the very best of their ability.

We will ensure that, where possible, all students have the opportunity to study their preferred courses and they are provided with the necessary information, guidance and support that will enable them to make these important choices.

Curriculum Change

All GCSE curriculums will change over the next two years.  At GCSE, English Language, English Literature and Mathematics there have been changes to the curriculum from September 2015.  The courses will be much more academically demanding and will be assessed by an examination at the end of year 11 only.  Due to these ongoing changes, some of the information in this booklet may change over the next few months as specifications are accredited and decisions about courses are confirmed.


The English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc) was introduced as a performance measure for schools in England in the 2010 performance tables.  It is not a qualification.  The measure recognises students that have achieved a C/5 grade or better in five subjects from GCSE English, mathematics, history or geography, two sciences, computer science and a modern foreign language.  Students who are considering entry to a top university would be best advised to choose the E-Bacc subjects.  All students, where possible, should do this too, for breadth and balance in their chosen courses.

Progress 8

Progress 8 will be introduced for all schools in 2016 and will replace the 5A*-C measure.  This is a great step forward for schools as it will calculate a student’s progress throughout the GCSE course regardless of their ability.  Progress 8 encourages students to have a broad and balanced GCSE portfolio.  There is strong governmental advice about the expected spread of subjects needed for all students regardless of what they wish to do, to keep them competitive in the future.

The Progress 8 measure will be based on a student’s eight best subjects within the following criteria:

A double weighted GCSE mathematics

A double weighted English.  This can be either GCSE English Language or English Literature; whichever is the highest grade, as long as you are entered for both qualifications

The three highest grades from the E-Bacc subjects – biology, chemistry, physics, core and additional science, computer science, geography, history, French or Spanish

The best three grades from any of the remaining subjects included within the “open group”.  This could be three GCSE qualifications and can include the other English option not already counted.

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