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.