Setting Information

Setting information: Sept 2020 onwards

For organisational purposes, students are divided into two parallel (mixed prior attainment) bands named T and G. The students in each band are divided into teaching groups, the size of which vary in different subjects. For example, some practical lessons have smaller groups than non-practical lessons.
Organisation of teaching groups within a band varies between different subjects. Teachers recognise that all students learn in different ways and at different rates. Even within subject areas, student patterns of learning are individualised and not necessarily uniform across topic areas. Consequently, all teachers plan lessons carefully to support all students.

Option subjects

Option subjects do not have attainment sets in any year group.

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Sociology

Core PE

Students are grouped in Core PE based on their attainment. Changes to groups are made regularly, particularly at KS3.

Ebacc subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and History / Geography
The names of teaching groups in English, Mathematics and Science are not indicated by number; instead initials are linked to great writers, mathematicians and scientists.

English and Mathematics

For English, students in year 7 are taught in mixed attainment groups. In year 8 and 9 they are taught in two broad streams. In Mathematics, students are taught in mixed attainment groups in years 7 and 8 and two broad streams in year 9.


All students are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics in mixed attainment groups in years 7 and 8. They will then choose either the ‘trilogy’ or ‘separate science route’ from year 10 onwards and will continue to be taught in mixed attainment groups.

Modern Foreign Languages

Students are taught French / German / Spanish in mixed attainment groups at KS3. In KS4 all sudents have the opportunity to study a second further language as one their GCSE options. There is broad streaming in some language classes from year 10 onwards. However, students are taught the same curriculum and both Foundation and Higher candidates are catered for in all classes.

History and Geography
Students are taught in mixed attainment groups from year 7-11 in these subjects.