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Class Structure

From Year 1 through to 8, each student will be placed in a mixed ability Tutor group.

In Years 1 through to 4, students are taught within their Tutor groups. Their form tutor will therefore be their class teacher and will teach them for all subjects in Years 1-2 and for most core subjects in Years 3-4.

From Year 5 through to 8 students are no longer taught by general class teachers, but instead all subjects are delivered by specialist subject teachers. Moreover, students are placed into sets for Maths and English, and streamed for some of the other subjects. This enables teachers to better prepare their lessons according to the needs and abilities of their pupils, as some of the subject matter in their lessons becomes more challenging.

Below provides a more detailed breakdown of how classes are structured in each of the Year Groups.

Year group 1 and 2

Students are placed in mixed ability groups with lessons taught by form teachers.

Year group 3

Students are placed in mixed ability groups with lessons taught by form teacher for Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Humanities. Other subjects are taught by subject specialist teachers.

Year group 4

Students are placed in mixed ability groups with lessons taught by form teachers for Literacy and some Humanities. Numeracy classes are set and taught by Mathematics Specialists. Other subjects taught by subject specialists.

Year group 5

The year group is spilt into sets for English and Mathematics. For the remainder of subjects students are placed into mixed ability classes and lessons are taught by subject specialist teachers.

Year group 6

The year group is spilt into sets for English and Mathematics. For the remainder of subjects students are placed into mixed ability classes and lessons are taught by subject specialist teachers.

Year group 7

Children start to fully focus on the Common Entrance syllabus in Year 7. Those students identified as being interested and capable of applying for scholarships to secondary school will form a Scholarship class. The remainder of the year group will be placed into ability sets for Maths, English and Science, and then streamed for the remaining subjects.

Year group 8

As the Common Entrance Syllabus continues in Year 8 the structure of classes remains the same as the year before meaning: those students identified as being interested and capable of applying for scholarships to secondary school will form a Scholarship class. The remainder of the year group will be placed into ability sets for Maths, English and Science, and then streamed for the remaining subjects.