Year 7 

  • The year group is split into two equally sized populations of equal ability – A and B 
  • Each band is then sub-divided into 4 form classes (SAIN and TMRY) 
  • For English, Drama and MFL, the students are set from the October half term (the sets are the same) 
  • For Science and Maths, the students are set from the October half term (the sets are the same)  
  • Students complete CATs baseline testing during the first half term – this information combined with transition data from the primary schools is used to set the students (pre-pandemic KS2 information would also be used to inform our decisions) 
  • Design & Technology is taught in smaller mixed-ability groups 
  • All other subjects will be taught in mixed ability tutor groups across two bands 
  • Approximately 50% of their time is taught in sets, the rest in mixed ability form groups 

Year 8 

  • Year 8 continue in the same populations as Year Seven 
  • Geography is now included in the Maths and Science sets (the sets are the same) 
  • RE and History are also now included in the English and Drama sets (the sets are the same) 
  • MFL is now set independently 
  • Design & Technology continues to be taught in smaller mixed-ability groups 
  • All other subjects will be taught in mixed ability tutor groups across two bands 
  • Approximately 70% of their time is now taught in sets, the rest in mixed ability form groups. 

Year 9 

  • Year 9 continue in the same populations as Year Seven 
  • English and RE continue in the same sets 
  • Maths and Science continue in the same sets 
  • Year Nine are now able to make a small amount of choice via “mini” options: 
    • students choose 3 out of 4 from History, Geography, French and Spanish 
    • students then have 1 choice from the creative/tech suite of subjects 
    • finally, students are able to make one final “free” choice 
  • Within the option blocks, subjects are grouped together to enable setting 
  • Approximately 80% of their time is now taught in sets, the rest in mixed ability form groups. 
  • We are clear that this is not a 3-year Key Stage 4 but an opportunity to explore some new subjects and to spend more time in some curriculum areas 

Year Ten 

  • The year group now moves to three ability bands for RE, English, Maths, Science and PE – S (upper), T (middle) and M (lower) 
  • Students continue to be taught in sets within each band for the core subjects 
  • Students are guided over the course of the year to choose three options from different pathways linked to their ability band: 
    • The vast majority of students study 1 modern foreign language, 1 humanities subject and have a further free choice from the GCSE suite of subjects, including Triple Science and this route culminates in 9 GCSEs 
    • A smaller cohort of students study 1 modern foreign language or 1 humanities subject and have a further two free choices from a suite of GCSE and vocational subjects, culminating in 9 GCSEs 

Year Eleven 

  • This curriculum will roll forward with the same approach as in Year Ten (outlined above)

Sixth Form 

  • Each year group is split into five equally able form classes (SAINT) 
  • Students are taught in these mixed ability groups for the core curriculum 
  • The vast majority of students starting Year 12 enrol on 3 A Levels from 4 option blocks, with a small group of the most able opting for 4 A Levels  
  • The most able are being encouraged to study an Extended Project Qualification or a Thinking Skills AS Level alongside their 3 A Levels