A CROSBY school has axed history and geography from its curriculum, writes John Siddle.
St Michael’s CE High will stop teaching history from September, with geography dropped one year later.
The school, which has 819 pupils on its books, has denies it ditched the traditional subjects as a means of improving its GCSE pass rate.
An integrated humanities GCSE will combine elements of both subjects with aspects of sociology and economics.
The school – formerly Manor High School – said a decline in students wishing to study the subjects to examination level was behind the move.
Parents are understood to be concerned with the timing of the announcement – which came after Year 9 pupils had submitted ‘options’ forms – lessons to continue studying to examination level. Students wishing to study GCSE history have been told they will be unable to do so in school hours.
Headteacher Yvonne Sharples admitted history, taken at GCSE level by only a third of teenagers nationally, “was not everybody’s cup of tea”.
She said: “We take every opportunity to ensure there is a balance of academic and vocational subjects on offer. Inevitably, not every student will get their first choice.