ARRANGEMENTS FOR SETTING STUDENTS

In year 7 we have two small cohorts of students (maximum of 15 in each cohort) who need extra support for literacy and Numeracy. They have a reading age of 7 years approximately and did not gain a level 4 in their key stage 2 SATS.

They are disapplied from Spanish and Humanities to allow for extra Literacy lessons. They are taught English as a cohort. These lessons are taught by either the SENCO or a primary trained teacher. Each cohort also has the support of two teaching assistants.

These students as they progress into Year 8 will continue to be disapplied from Spanish but pick up Humanities lessons

KS3 Super Sets - Challenging the most able

After a very successful trial of super sets in MFL last year this initiative is being rolled out across all faculties in all year groups.

The aim of the super sets is to challenge our most able students, to create a culture of high academic success and to remove the barriers to learning so that the rate of learning is matched to the ability of the students and not the age or key stage.

In all years pupils have been set according to the following criteria and selected for a place in the ‘superset’

  • Outstanding ability across the skills set
  • Consistent attendance record
  • Behaviour and attitude
  • Homework completion


Selection criteria

It was agreed from the beginning that the criteria to remain in the group had to be strict and the pace of learning had to be maintained- attendance is a limiting factor and causes confusion because the groups are moving so fast. Therefore poor attendance or erratic attendance will result in a student being moved to an able group but not keep their place in the super set.

The strict policy will also mean that some students may have to be moved due to them being unable to keep up with the rate of progress. This is in the best interests of the struggling student and the rest of the class who are flying.

Completion of homework is also vital as it is a reflection of student engagement with the programme. Completion of homework is a non -negotiable.

Students need to engage and be willing and enthusiastic about their progress and achievements. 

KS4 setting arrangements

Students take their KS4 options in year 8 and start a 3 year KS4. In KS4 subjects are divided into Core Subjects and Option Subjects.

The Core Subjects

  • English and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT
  • PE
  • PSHE/ Citizenship and Religious Studies

Students follow appropriate Pathways; Pathway 1, Pathway 2 or Pathway 3. The following criteria is used to decide which Pathway a student will follow:

  • Performance and attitude over the last 2 years
  • Key Stage 2 results & potential end of KS4
  • Current academic achievement/AP data
  • Predicted GCSE grades and E. Bacc potential
  • Form Tutor opinion
  • Attendance
  • Reading and learning age
  • Preferred learning style
Pathway 1 students tend to be successful in more ‘traditional’ courses and perform well in external examinations. They tend to have a heavier study load in Science and have the potential to achieve the E. Bacc qualification.

As a general rule Pathway 1 students:

  • In English they follow a GCSE specification in both English and English Literature
  • In Maths they also follow a GCSE course
  • In Science students complete either Triple Award- 3 separate sciences or Dual Award Core and Additional Science – 2 GCSEs
  • Students will follow a GCSE course in Spanish
  • Students will select to study either GCSE History or GCSE Geography
  • This meets the requirement for the E Bacc qualification
  • Students will also follow an ICT qualification
  • In addition they pick 2 further option subjects from a given list. 

Students following the Pathway 2 will fulfill the requirements for the Progress and Attainment 8 measure:

  • In English they follow a GCSE specification in both English and English Literature
  • In Maths they also follow a GCSE course
  • In Science they will study GCSE Core Science
  • Students will then be able to pick from 2 of the following choices: Spanish, Additional Science, History or Geography
  • They can then pick 3 choices from the remaining option subjects.


Pathway 3 students have a learning style more suited to practical or applied learning, and are often more successful on modular courses assessed through coursework. They have a slightly lighter study load when it comes to Science.

  • In English they follow a GCSE specification which can lead to 2 GCSEs in English and English Literature.
  • In Maths they also follow a GCSE course.
  • In Science some students may follow a GCSE course, others a BTEC First Award.
  • Pathway 3 students will follow an ICT qualification
  • They can then select up to 4 further option subjects from the list.