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Ability groupings and setting

English

  • Year 7 – taught in tutor groups
  • Years 8 and 9 – taught as mixed ability groups (but not tutor groups)
  • Years 10 and 11 – grouped into higher groups and middle groups from the beginning of Year 10.

Maths

All years are set from September.  Some changes happen throughout the year for all year groups based on assessments and professional judgement but it is a personalised approach and it is not usually necessary to make large scale changes.  There is a Year 7 assessment in the first half- term and some changes may happen at that point.

Science

  • Year 7 - tutor groups for the first unit and then a decision made from that point regarding setting
  • Year 8 - sets based on Year 7 performance data
  • Year 9 - sets based on Year 8 performance data
  • Year 10 - sets based on Year 9 data
    Year 11 - set as for Year 10
  • Setting for all groups is reviewed at the end of every term with adjustments made as necessary.

Modern Foreign Languages

  • Year 7 - taught in tutor groups
  • Year 8 French – taught in sets
  • Year 8 second Modern Foreign Language – taught in tutor groups
  • Year 9 French – taught in sets
  • Year 9 second Modern Foreign Language – taught in tutor groups
  • Year 10 and 11 linguists are taught in sets, unless there is only one group of the language running

Humanities (Geography/History/Beliefs & Ethics)

  • Taught in tutor groups throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 for all three subjects, although if there is more than one class studying the same subject at the same time then setting may take place.
  • In Years 10 and 11, groups are mixed ability in Geography and History since both subjects are option choices for students.  However, if there is more than one group within an option block then setting will take place across the groups.
  • Beliefs & Ethics groups in Year 10 are mixed ability and some are set in Year 11.

 Art/Drama/Music

  • At Key Stage 3, students are taught in their tutor groups for all four subjects.
  • At Key Stage 4, groups are mixed ability for each subject.

Design Technology

  • At Key Stage 3, each half-year group is divided into smaller groups of 20 students which are randomly generated from the student database.  The groupings change year to year.
  • At Key Stage 4, groups are mixed ability in Food Technology, Graphics and Resistant Materials since these subjects are option choices for students.  If more than one group within an option block then setting may take place.

 PE and PSHE

  • Year 7 - have a six-week generic programme at the start of the year for staff to gauge students’ practical ability.  Students are then organised into three groups - higher ability boys; higher ability girls and a mixed ability mixed gender group.
  • Years 8 & 9 – students continue in the same groups as in Year 7, although there is normally movement of students between groups based on performance levels throughout the year.
  • Years 10 & 11 – Students can choose to take the Sports Leader Award.  If they do choose to do so then one of their two core PE lessons per week will be based on this course.  The other lesson is an option in which students make a choice from the selection of sports/activities available.  If students do not choose to take the Sports Leader course then one lesson is an option and the other lesson’s activities are set by the PE team.
  • GCSE PE – as option choices usually generate more than one group in an option block, setting takes place.
  • PSHE – mixed ability in all year groups 
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