It is important that all students have the opportunity to be taught in classes that challenge their abilities. Setting in subjects allows students to be taught according to their abilities and create an environment that stretches their knowledge, understanding and potential. Reviews of subjects’ setting procedures happen each year.
Maths and English are the only subjects that have setting in Year 7. All other teaching, apart from Design Technology who have smaller group sizes for workshop purposes, is in mixed ability form groups of about 28 pupils.
Maths, English, Languages, RE, and Science have setting in Year 8. These subjects set with four forms together, making four sets. English and RE set together, the other subjects set on their own. Geography and History are taught in combined teaching groups of mixed ability. All other subjects are taught in form groups
Maths, English, Languages, RE, and Science have setting in Year 9. These subjects set with four forms together, making four sets. English and RE set together, the other subjects set on their own. Geography and History are taught in combined teaching groups of mixed ability. All other subjects are taught in form groups
Other Subjects at Key Stage 3
Design Technology is taught in smaller mixed ability groups of about 17-20 from Year 7.
Key Stage 4
English, Maths, Science and RE all set separately in Years 10 and Year 11. For these subjects the year group is divided into 2 groups of four sets. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability classes.
How is setting a student decided?
Setting is based upon a student’s academic performance and ability. This is decided by teacher’s judgement of a student’s current performance and prior attainment data. For example, in Year 7 a student’s KS2 maths result will be taken into account when deciding the set for that student. If a student believes they are in a set that is not appropriate for their level of ability then they can discuss this with their class teacher. Parents can support this process by contacting the teacher or Head of Department.
Movement between sets
Movement between sets can take place when the subject teacher and Head of Department believe it should take place. This process is not very common as the majority of students are placed in the correct set according to their ability at the start of the school year. When movement does happen, parents and students are involved in the discussion of a possible change of set before it takes place.