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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the common questions asked by our parents. Please do contact us at whggs@hotmail.co.uk if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for.

Question Answer
What age can my child start at Gujarati school Children can start from the age of 3
Where are the classes held? Classes are held at Watford Grammar School for Boys
What time does class start and finish Classes start at 9.30am prompt and finish at 11.45am, parents are invited to the assembly from 11.45am – 12 noon
Are children encouraged to Gujarati GCSE? Yes, the school has an excellent pass rate
Do I need to stay on site while my children are in class No, we’ll contact you on the number provided on your registration if you are needed or there’s and emergency
How are the classes split? The classes are split dependant on ability
My children don’t speak Gujarati, can they still join? Yes, speaking, reading and writing are integrated into the curriculum
What if my child can’t attend one week? You will need to inform the school as soon as possible to enable the teacher to provide homework and to
ensure your child doesn’t miss critical work

GCSE Gujarati retained!

COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SAVED TO ENSURE DIVERSE CURRICULUM CONTINUES

Government action means GCSEs and A levels in a range of community languages such as Panjabi, Portuguese and Japanese are to continue to ensure young people can carry on studying a diverse range of foreign languages.

The news, announced today by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, marks a significant step for the government in its efforts to extend opportunity to young people and equip them with the skills they need in what is an increasingly global economy.

It follows a government commitment in 2015 to protect a number of language GCSEs and A Levels after the exam boards announced that from 2017 they would be withdrawing several courses. In May 2015, the Secretary of State for Education wrote to the exam boards during the pre-election period to convey her concern about their decisions to stop offering GCSEs and A levels in certain languages.

Since then the government has worked with Ofqual and the exam boards to secure agreement that these important subjects will not be dropped and that qualifications will continue to be provided in these important subjects. Pearson and AQA will continue to offer the languages they currently offer and will also take on most of the qualifications that are being withdrawn by OCR.

As a result of those discussions the following languages will continue at GCSE and A level; Arabic, Modern Greek, Gujarati, Bengali, Japanese, Modern and Biblical Hebrew, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Urdu.

The number of pupils entering for a modern language GCSE has risen by 20 per cent since 2010. Today’s announcement will ensure pupils will continue to be able to learn as wide a range of languages as possible in the classroom.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

“One of Britain’s strengths is its rich, multicultural nature and ensuring young people have the opportunity to study a wide range of languages is integral to that.

“I am delighted that these languages will continue at GCSE and A level. Learning a foreign language opens up a whole world of opportunity and ensures our young people will be able to compete on a global scale.

“I also want to thank those exam boards who have worked with us to protect these languages so we will continue to have high quality qualifications available.”

Pearson and AQA will now work to develop new GCSEs and A levels that meet the rigorous standards put in place by government, ready for first teaching in 2018. To help with the transition OCR has agreed to continue offering GCSEs and A levels in those courses until 2018.

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