Running so very late for my partial tests, I’m kind of swamped doing research for my translation courses, since I need a vague grasp of how the educational systems in both Britain and USA are structured. On the upside, I finally figured out what the bloody hell your A, B, C, D, E, F grades and your GPA actually mean. That had been bugging me for years.
Anyhow, my question is simple: Headmaster, Principal and Dean. I need at least an idea of what each title means and what are the differences between them. Like, is one above the other, a synonym, a British/American equivelent of the other and so on.
My high school and college (both in Michigan) use Es as the failing mark, while my grade school and law school use Fs. No school uses both.
Principals are in charge of American grade schools and high schools. I believe Headmasters are the British equivalent. Deans head up departments at American universities. For instance, Dean Revesz is in charge of NYU Law School. In my experience, the heads of entire universities are titled Presidents.
I went to a private school. It was separated into Lower School (Pre-K through 5th), Middle (6th-8th), and Upper (9th-12th). Each School had its own principal. There was also a Headmaster that was the kind of boss over the whole school (well him and the Board of Trustees). In my case, the Headmaster was a kind of CEO. We also added deans my last couple of years, namely Dean of Academics and Dean of Students (disciplinarian). I think the Deans handled more of the day to day stuff that the principals used to do when it was a smaller school, but there’s a good chance they were largely superfluous positions too.
Headmaster is the British word for Principal, simple as.
And as for confusing grading, in the UK GCSE’s (compulsory tests taken at age 16) add an A* grade above A and a G grade below F. And a U grade for below G. At least they did when I took my GCSEs (er, 10 years ago).
Many jobs require GCSEs at A*-C level in English and Maths, some up that requirement to 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths). This is ironic as nowadays (especially when they’re getting paid £30 a week from Gordon Brown to stay in school) most kids who achieve that just stay on for A-Levels anyway.
And you’re pretty much bang on with the England & Land-of-sheep-and-dirt/Scotland differences.