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 scaled score of 100 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 – Challenging the most able

Using KS2 SAT scores, QLA of SATs papers and primary school teacher assessments we set our students in two equal bands with the exception of our top set in one band which is comprised of the highest achieving students in both maths and reading SATs papers.

The aim 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.

Setting in KS3 is fluid and changes to teaching sets can be made throughout the year as and when is required to ensure that students needs are met across the curriculum.

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
  • PE
  • PSHE/ Citizenship and Religious Studies

Students follow appropriate Pathways; Pathway 1 or Pathway 2. 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
  • Form Tutor opinion
  • Attendance
  • Reading age

Pathway 1 students tend to be successful in more ‘traditional’ courses and perform well in external examinations.

As a general rule students following Pathway 2 will fulfil 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 Science Trilogy which is worth 2 GCSEs
  • Students will then be able to pick from 1 of the following choices: Spanish, History or Geography
  • They can then pick 3 choices from the remaining option subjects.


Pathway 2 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 additional time in Core Subjects

  • 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 Science Trilogy which is worth 2 GCSEs
  • They can then pick 3 choices from the remaining option subjects.