Goole High School announces structure change for 2013
A vision for the future of education in Goole has been unveiled by the town's secondary school headteachers, as part of plans to move Goole forward.
Attending the annual general meeting of Goole Renaissance recently, Goole High School Co-headteachers Danuta Tomasz and Dave Flowitt, explained how, from September 2013, the academy will follow the small school model that will cater for all levels of ability and ensure that every student achieves their full potential in whatever career path they choose to take.
However, while looking to the future, the headteachers have given assurances that the school's heritage will not be wiped away, confirming that the original Edwardian school building and its gardens fronting Boothferry Road, will retain its heritage during the £8 million of restoration work. Inside, however, it will be equipped to serve current and future generations of learners.
Under the umbrella of the Goole High School Academy Community Trust, all students will attend the Prep School housed in the original building, between the ages of 11 and 13. Then, at the age of 14, they will be given the opportunity to follow three different options.
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Students in the University School will follow a traditional academic curriculum with pupils studying the core subjects of English, maths and the three sciences, in conjunction with optional subjects covering the creative arts and humanities.
In the Vocational School, students will cover the core subjects as well as focusing on design, construction and engineering, hospitality and catering, hair and beauty and public service.
In the Create Studio School, which is to be built on the school site and will open from September 2013, academically focused students will follow a core curriculum and will have the chance to additionally apply themselves in business, design, engineering and logistics. They will learn in a work-based environment with a mix of design workshops, laboratories and an open office settings and with practical learning backed up with extended periods of work experience.
At the age of 16 it is intended that all students will have successfully completed a suite of relevant qualifications that will include at level 2 English and maths qualification at grade C or above; where relevant, up to three level 2 science qualifications at grade C or above; and, where relevant, a level 2 qualification in a language at grade C or above and a portfolio of other recognised qualifications, experiences and skills, including leadership and citizenship.
Commenting on the new model, headteacher Mrs Tomasz said: "It has long been part of our vision to create a separate preparatory school that will allow our younger students to get a thorough grounding in the basics before moving on to taking their qualification subjects.
"We want them to develop the qualities and skills to be independent and successful learners and to understand how they learn so they can choose the pathway at 14 that suits them most and in which they can succeed."