Academics






As the global environment becomes increasingly competitive and technologically advanced, the York Castle High School has re-positioned itself to remain relevant in the global arena. We are cognizant of the need for us to prepare students for a digital environment, and it is our aim to partner with our stakeholders at all levels to provide learning experiences and an environment that facilitates high academic achievement. Over the years, the school has maintained a distinguished academic record, and we will continue to strengthen our academic culture and climate to enhance learning and achievement at all levels.

As our society continues to experience a decline in values and standards, we must partner to develop a school culture and climate that embraces altruistic values and encourage our students to display noble ideals. Together we can partner to develop a student centered, empowering, performance driven and holistic learning experience for our students at York Castle.

The York Castle High School is committed to the development a world class teaching and learning experience that prepares our students to become successful citizens and global leaders. Every effort will be made to satisfy a broad spectrum of academic potentials, and opportunities to explore many different interests and talents while encouraging all students to attain their highest possible level of achievement.
York Castle offers one of the most comprehensive academic programmes in the Caribbean region.

Our Curriculum

The educational programmes at The York Castle High School emphasize the study of the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, business, technical and vocational education. As a Methodist High School, our curriculum also emphasizes spiritual tenets, ethics, values and morals, and co-curricular programmes that facilitate character development and a commitment to service, tolerance and respect for each other.

The York Castle High School endeavours to educate the whole person by developing the intellectual, social, personal, vocational, spiritual, moral and physical dimensions. A wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities complement the curriculum. Our graduates are highly regarded both nationally and globally for their distinguished qualities and attributes honed by the student centered and empowering learning environment at the York Castle High School.

Strong Student Support Services

York Castle High School has a strong support base for our students, and this is responsible for our achievements in both the academic and the co-curricular. We believe that a familiar nurturing and supportive learning environment provides us with better opportunities to unleash and showcase the true potential of our students.

Partnerships

Our curriculum also enables us to strengthen our already successful partnership work with our key stakeholders. The Methodist Church, Parents, Alumni and the Business community fully endorse this

Faculty

Our curriculum and programmes are delivered by some of the region’s most qualified and committed teachers. Strong instructional leadership is provided to our teachers to ensure compliance to quality standards and academic excellence.

Campus Facilities

York Castle High School is located on over 15 acres of land in the cool hills of Brown’s Town. The school provides a number of learning facilities to enhance the learning experience of all students. The York Castle Campus has over 40 buildings that include: three science laboratories for chemistry, physics, biology, as well as technical and vocational labs for visual arts, human ecology, mechanical engineering , technical drawing, building technology and electrical technology. There is also an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre with three fully equipped computer labs, a music room with a range of musical instruments, library facilities, auditorium, health center, cafeteria and a recreational center for athletic and cultural activities.

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Assessment Policy

  • Assessment tasks administered by teachers should be based on syllabus outcomes and content.
  • Assessment tasks should be developed to measure a student’s achievement against the established curriculum standards and objectives.
  • This mapping of student achievement may also allow comparison to that of other students.
  • Teachers should use a wide range of assessment strategies to ensure that individual learning needs are catered for. Strategies used must be relevant and relate to appropriate syllabus outcomes.

Formal Assessment Programme

Heads of Department should ensure that, for each subject, values applied to each task being assessed are allocated in accordance with component weightings contained in syllabus guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education, and the relevant Examination bodies. The Board recommends that tasks near the end of courses be more highly weighted.

All course assessment tasks that have been completed must be included in the final assessment mark. Where a supplementary task has been given due to invalid or unreliable results both sets of marks must be used. The Board of Studies suggests averaging the two marks awarded to each student.

An individual task should normally not be worth less than 10%, or more than 40% of the total assessment mark. Task weightings should increase towards the end of each course. Final Course work assignments for each term should be no more than 40% of the students’ term grade.

Term grades

Three to five tasks of various types are sufficient to assess components of a course for each term. In-class assessment should also be used to cover a range of student learning outcomes. The actual number of tasks should reflect the duration and learning outcomes of the course. Teachers should en-sure that students are given a graded assignment, or task each month.

The assessment process commences during Term 1 of the Academic Year and concludes at the end of Term 3.

Term Examinations

Assessment process should conclude with an Examination at the end of each Semester allowing time for final assessment marks to be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Committee.

Formal examinations are written in December and June for Grades 7 to 10. The work is based on the work done during each semester

  • The grade 7 and 8 examination must be at least 1½ hours long.
  • The grade 9 to 13 examination must be at least 2 hours long.
  • Formal examinations for grade 11—13 students are written in December, and Mock examinations are held in March. Mock examinations should prepare students for their final external examinations based on the all the work to be examined in final external examination. (Exception being work to be completed after the trial examination). The number of papers to be written must be the same as the number of papers in the learning area in the Final External Examination.
  • Student examination scripts must be kept in the students’ portfolio which is retained by the Assessment Chair for at least two years.

External Examinations

All our Grade 11 students are required to sit eight subjects in the Regional Caribbean Examination Council Examinations to meet the academic standards for graduation. Grade 12 – 13 students must sit four subjects including Caribbean Studies/Communication

Internal Requirements To Achieve A High School Diploma

Upon completion of their academic programme of study at the York Castle High School, a High School Diploma will be awarded to students who achieve a passing grade for all eight subjects in their selected academic programme. Students who fail to achieve the standard academic requirement will be awarded a School Leaving Certificate.

Carrying Out Internal Assessments

Teachers should give students at least 1 week notice in writing of an impending assessment task that will be used as a final assessment grade.

Academic Policy

Grading System

  • Term grades are recorded on the student’s permanent high school transcript.
  • Report cards are issued to parents in the second week in February and the third week in July
  • Academic reports may also be sent to parents whenever a student’s work drops below the required academic levels
  • Students who maintain an average of 80% and over are eligible for the Scholastic Honour Roll. Honour roll students will also be recognized at the school’s prize giving ceremony as well as the Principal’s Honour Roll Banquet.
  • Students with averages below 55% will be placed on academic probation.
  • Students who consistently fail to achieve a passing average may also be asked to withdraw from the school.
  • Sixth Formers must maintain a 45% and above average

Graduation Requirements

  • All Grade 10 – 11 students must carry a minimum of eight subjects
  • 40 Hours of Community Service
  • Completion of all School Based Assessment
  • A clean behavioural record free of suspensions, and detentions.
  • 80% attendance and punctuality record.
  • Involvement in two co-curricular activities.
  • There must be no outstanding balances on school fees
  • All rental books must be returned, or paid for.