Our academic structure aims to help with a smooth transition 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. More able linguists are also offered an additional language for study in Years 8 and 9, allowing more choice when considering options in Year 10.

Pupils with additional needs are taught in very small groups for academic subjects with targeted support from SEN staff and trained teaching assistants. This support takes place within St Hilda’s – a building that acts as a base for pupils with additional needs.