Woodside Technology College in London is different from a lot of other British Secondary schools. It's a specialist technology school, so students use technology in all their lessons, not only in I.T. There are computers in all the classrooms. They use modern gym equipment in P.E. and digital equipment in music lessons.
Students start at Woodside Technology College when they are eleven years old, and they wear a uniform until they are sixteen. The school day starts at nine o'clock and finishes at four o'clock.at one o'clock, students have lunch in the school canteen, but many students bring sandwiches. There are six lessons every day and students usually study nine or ten subjects. There are five compulsory subjects: English,maths,science,technology and P.E.
When they are sicteen, students take their GCSE exams, usually in eight different subjects. After that, they can leave school, or they can study for A Levels.Students take their A Levels when they're eighteen, usually in three diffenet subjects.
Gemma's a student at Woodside. She says, 'I love it here. The teachers are really good. My favourite subject is music and today, we're going to use the digital equipment. I'm seventeen now, so I'II take my A Level exams in English, maths and music next summer.' 'If I pass my A Levels, I'II go to university and study music technology, I want to be a sound engineer.'
GCSEs: national exams that british students usually take when they are sexteen years old.
A Levels: national exams that british students can take when they are eighteen years old.