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Collaboration to keep range pf A'Level subjects.

Collaboration to keep range pf A'Level subjects.

Two years ago, a diminishing budget saw one Essex comprehensive take an unwelcome step – cutting the number of A-level subjects on offer to its pupils. “My rule of thumb was that if less than 10 students opted for a particular A-level subject, I couldn’t afford to put it on the sixth-form curriculum,” says Neil Gallagher, principal at Clacton County High School.

But from September the school will be offering a broad curriculum of 15 subjects to its students, thanks to a collaboration with the University of Essex and four other local schools experiencing the same problem.

The group of five academies – also including Clacton Coastal Academy, The Colne Community School, The Philip Morant School and Thurstable School – are given access to 20 teaching spaces at the university two days a week, meaning students come together on common ground to take their pick from a longer list of A-levels.

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