We get this continually- when the going gets tough in Languages or music or BTEC PE they suddenly appear in Food but start complaining they never wanted to do it- but the other subject was too hard. Then when they never bring ingredients and say written work is boring and CMT complain when they don't achieve target grades. The smarter kids clearly have sussed out where their mates are and ask to drop a " difficult" subject- and ask to be put inet a certain option within Design( but really with their mates) And while I am on my soap box- do you get students newly arrived at the school near the end of year 10 or even mid way through year 11? Long term absentees mysteriously disappear off the register to conveniently make room for the new students( who never have much interest in the subject anyway) but are told to do it to make up their timetable. That's why I am always delighted when I have the full quota in my classes at the start of the year- as I know they cant squeeze in any " drop outs" ....well CMT always try to squeeze a couple of extra's in thinking I can't count.