This statement provides a context against which Universities and other Higher Education providers can consider applicants. The curriculum offer and policies on entrance and examinations apply to students leaving Campbell College in June 2021. This statement also provides information on the College’s learning provision from March 2020 – September 2020 as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures.
Campbell College is an HMC day and boarding school for boys aged from 11-18 years (Years 8 – 14). There are 990 boys who attend the Senior School and there is also a Junior School on the same campus. The school has a mixed ability intake and the 110-strong boarding community is made up of both international and local students. Within the context of Northern Ireland, Campbell College holds the status of a Voluntary B Grammar School and 70% of students are admitted in Year 8 by means of assessments provided by the Association for Quality Education AQE Ltd (CEA assessment) or Post Primary Transfer Consortium PPTC (GL Assessment); 30% of our intake is not based primarily on academic selection.
In Years 8 – 10, pupils are placed in classes of approximately 24 pupils and are grouped according to academic ability, taught by subject specialists. In Year 11, pupils begin a GCSE programme of study and usually select between 7 and 10 subjects at full GCSE, with an additional Short Course GCSE. English Language and Mathematics at GCSE are compulsory, and pupils are strongly encouraged to study at least one modern foreign language and a science subject. Optional GCSE subjects for the current Year 14 (2021) cohort were: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Digital Technology (Multimedia), Digital Technology (Programming), Drama, Engineering, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, German, Geography, History, Hospitality, Music, Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies, Single Award Science, Double Award Science, Spanish, Technology and Design. Pupils also take a Short Course GCSE in Religious Studies (unless this has been selected as a GCSE option) and a Level 1/2 Certificate in Preparation for Working Life. International students often take IGCSE English as a Second Language and many take other language GCSEs, for example, Chinese.
Pupils are admitted to Sixth Form (Years 13 and 14) on the basis of their GCSE results, unless previously educated outside of the UK. They select a curriculum appropriate to their ability and interest, usually studying three or four AS levels or BTEC Level 3 360 GLH programmes in Year 13, and three subjects in Year 14. A minority of pupils leave school with four full A levels and a small minority of pupils take two courses only in Year 14. The following subjects were available at AS and A/A2 level for the 2021 cohort: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Digital Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics, Media Studies (offered at a local girls’ Grammar School), Moving Image Arts, Music, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry. Further Mathematics at A level was not offered for the 2021 cohort. A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business is available and BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas are offered in Hospitality and Sport. Pupils also have the option of taking a BTEC Level 3 Diploma (720 GLH) in Sport combined with one other A level or BTEC subject.
In Sixth Form, international students and those who have not taken GCSE qualifications (usually due to studying abroad) work towards their IELTs qualification.
Campbell College works in partnership with several schools within the local Area Learning Community in order to provide access to subjects not offered within some schools, to share teaching of particular subjects, and provide access to combinations of subjects that cannot be facilitated within schools.
Most of the AS and A/A2 levels offered for the 2021 cohort follow the CCEA (Northern Ireland Examination Board) specification, and as such, pupils are entered for AS level at the end of Year 13.
Some of our subjects follow English/Welsh examination boards (Art and Design, Design and Technology, Computer Science, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History, Media Studies, Religious Studies). The following subjects are only offered at A level and not at AS level: Art and Design; Design and Technology. The following are offered as a stand-alone AS level in addition to A level: English Literature, Government and Politics, History, Religious Studies.
Centre Assessed Grades were awarded in 2020 for all subjects at AS level with the exception of Art and Design, and Design and Technology. Predicted grades for the 2021 cycle are largely based upon Centre Assessed Grades (where these were awarded) but also take into account progress and internal assessment throughout Year 13 as well as progress throughout lockdown and during August/September 2020. Furthermore, individual circumstances have been taken into account where this is relevant to likely outcomes in June 2021. BTEC predicted grades are based upon work submitted within the course so far.
Within the College, a strong emphasis is placed upon engagement with the whole curriculum and pupils within the 2021 cohort have been offered an extensive range of sporting, arts and leadership opportunities throughout their time here. We provide a range of experiences through which our pupils can develop important transferable skills, and within the context of a House system we nurture their own individual qualities and talents and encourage them to make a full contribution to school life.
Impact of Covid-19
Campbell College was closed to pupils from Monday 23rd March 2020 and opened for the current Year 14 (2021 cohort) on Monday 24th August 2020. The College was able to make online learning provision available for Year 13 students throughout the lockdown period until Friday 26th June 2020. This took the form of regular Zoom lessons and extensive use was also made of the College’s Virtual Learning Environment, Firefly. Initially pupils continued with their AS level courses but from the end of April, most classes began to cover material from the A2 curriculum modules. BTEC courses also continued through distance learning. Whilst there was inevitably some impact to pupil learning and variation in the level of pupil engagement, the Sixth Form programmes of study continued throughout this time and a good level of support was offered, both pastorally and academically.