Ability Groupings

Our academic structure aims to help cope with the transfer from primary school. Pupils are placed in mixed ability registration groups but most teaching groups are taught according to ability. Beyond Year 7 the timetable is arranged in such a way that departments can set pupils for their own subject area, thus allowing each child to progress at a rate that best suits them in each area.

All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 take all subjects in a rich and varied curriculum that offers many different subject areas. More able linguists are also offered an additional language for study in Years 8 and 9 allowing greater flexibility when choosing options in Year 10.

Least able pupils within the school are taught in very small groups for academic subjects with targeted support from SEN staff and trained teaching assistants. This support takes place within the Study – an area in school that acts as a base for pupils with special needs.

Homework

Each pupil is issued with a planner that is used to record homework set and the due date of that homework. Parents are asked to sign the planner when they are satisfied that homework is completed satisfactorily. The planner is an important means of communication between school and home and we ask parents to check it regularly. In Years 7, 8 and 9 all subjects set homework regularly.

We ask you that you encourage your child to complete the tasks set as we consider homework to be of great importance and we hope that you will check your child’s work. It is essential that pupils develop the habit of planning their own study.

Homework is valued by teachers as a useful support to the work carried out in the classroom and, consequently, should be seen by pupils as an important and relevant part of their school programme.

The school runs a supervised homework club from 3.20pm to 4.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays.

Parents are requested to sign the planner at weekends while tutors sign it on a Monday morning during the tutor period.

All homework set should be checked and evidence provided of the check.

SEN – homework set should ensure that the needs of ‘diverse and vulnerable learners’ are met through differentiated homework and, where appropriate, communication with parents.