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St Michael’s CE High School drops history and geography from GCSEs

“This year one particular subject only had six students wishing to study it. We would be heavily criticised by the local authority for allowing such a small group to be part of our curriculum.

“However, such is the commitment of the school and the teacher concerned we are prepared to offer these young people the opportunity to study their chosen subject as an extra-curricular option.”

A source close to the school told the Crosby Herald the decision to axe subjects could be a way of “massaging” A-C grades.

In 2007 only 23% of students achieved five A* to C grades including Maths and English, rising to 43% last year.

The source said: “All the kids got their options sheets and filled in what subjects they wanted to study to GCSE. The forms were returned but now the school has pulled subjects.

“It’s really bad management – you can’t just tell the kids that they can’t study their chosen subjects. A lot of parents are fuming. They think of history as a traditional subject.

“There is a national trend of axing harder subjects from the curriculum as a way of massaging a school’s GCSE A-C grades.”

Under the proposed humanities syllabus, students could study aspects of politics and history, such as student tuition fees reform. Aspects of geography would emerge in issues such as consumer waste and citizenship.

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