Why would we? Kimichi School will never allow the pseudo-importance of grades and results to impact negatively on the mental health of our young people.
94% of Head Teachers have reported that “young children were at risk of developing mental health problems as a result of the pressure placed on them to pass the tests” with 84% also agreeing that those with SEN are equally adversely affected.
At this time, every year, our diary becomes filled with parents frantically looking for alternative education for their children who are suffering as a result of the pressure of SATs.
Why do schools even administer these tests? You’d need to speak to the Department for Education (DfE) about that as these tests form part of a school’s statutory assessment duties. The Government use this data to track the progress of young people on a national level and rank the schools accordingly. Then, when the student arrives at their chosen school in Year 7, they use this data to place them in academic sets. Right?
Wrong. The new school will, more often than not, re-test all of the new intake. Stress, arguments at home, tears at bedtime, refusing to go to school … all of this caused by tests that are arbitrary and serve no purpose other than the placement of the school in a league table.
We are Birmingham’s only independent music school – a place where music is taught every day alongside standard GCSE subjects that you would expect.
Kimichi accepts students from the age of 9 with no admission criteria other than a love of music AND we have enlisted the services of mental health professionals through our well-being partner, Medatis Ltd. Our fees are much lower than all local independent schools and we often take students on with an affordable payment plan for those who need it.
With open days on 8th & 11th May and an open door policy, why not visit us and find out more?