In the primary phase, pupils learn in mixed ability classes with ability grouping used within the curriculum, particularly in phonics and maths. Pupil progress is monitored closely with termly assessment points informing targeted stretch, challenge or support to ensure every pupil achieves their best.
At the Secondary phase students are grouped according to ability from Year 7 using their KS2 results and other relevant data. There are three bands of ability with several classes in each band. Students have all their lessons in their band; subject leaders decide how students will be grouped within the band. In some subjects students are taught in tutor groups, in others ability sets. Students’ progress is monitored continuously and they are promoted or demoted to ensure that they are always in the most appropriate class. Given that students are grouped with students performing at similar level, this allows us to maximise the progress in their learning that all students make, as we can make sure we pitch our teaching in a focused way for the whole class.
This is for the most academic students. Approximately 70% of any cohort will be in the Fast Track. Within the Fast Track there are at least two classes for High Achievers, the most academic students of all.
This is for students of average ability. Approximately 20% of any cohort will be in the Upper Band.
Middle Band This is for students in need of support in various ways. In general, Middle Band classes are smaller than Upper and Fast Track classes. Most will be supported by a Learning Support Assistant. Some students will have Additional Needs, others will have English as a second language