The Government believes that schools should offer students a broad range of academic subjects to age 16 and the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) promotes that aspiration. The EBacc is not a new qualification in itself. It recognises students’ achievement across a core of selected academic subjects in getting good passes (grade 5) in rigorous GCSEs or iGCSEs (international GCSEs). The EBacc will cover achievement in English, Maths, Sciences, a language and a Humanities subject (History or Geography).
The school aims to give students an informed choice regarding the EBacc. It advises all students and their parents of its status and the advantages it provides as a solid academic foundation for further study. The school recognises that there are other routes into Higher Education, particularly for those talented in creative or performing arts and that, for a minority of students, other options may be more appropriate; nevertheless, students are advised to give careful consideration before deciding not to follow the EBacc.