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Curriculum: Setting Structure

The primary aim of any curriculum is to enable every child to succeed beyond their expectations.

In some subjects setting may support accelerated progress, whilst others achieve greater success when students are grouped in mixed ability classes.

The following information explains the setting structure for our core departments in Key Stages 3 & 4.

When writing the timetable there is often a necessity within a year group to schedule different subjects to be taught at the same time. This is most common in Year 7 where, for example, maths drives the setting for science, IT, RE and PD this year; whilst English drives the setting for French, Spanish, humanities and the creative arts.

All departments assess students at various points throughout the school year. Although we try to keep set changes to a minimum, we may feel that we need to move your child up or down a set to extend or support their progress further.  

Maths - Head of Department: Mr Duncan Moulder

Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)

Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)

As in previous years, the class name will consist of the year group and the side of the year that your child is placed in (L or R). The final part of the class name refers to whether your child is studying the higher scheme of work (1), the intermediate scheme of work (2) or the foundation scheme of work (3) Some classes will also have a P or Q at the end for administrative reasons. If a year group contains more than one class 1, 2 or 3, the students in this class will be roughly at the same level of ability. 

Eg. 7L1, 7L1P and 7L1Q are all year 7 classes that will study the higher scheme of work and are of similar mathematical ability. 

The table below shows what scheme of work each key stage 3 class will be studying:

 

Set name

Scheme of work

9L1, 9R1, 9L1P, 9R1P

Higher

9L2, 9R2, 9L2P, 9R2P

Intermediate

9L3, 9R3, 9L3P, 9R3P

Foundation

8L1, 8R1, 8L1P, 8R1P, 8L1Q, 8R1Q

Higher

8L2, 8R2, 8L2P, 8R2P

Intermediate

8L3, 8R3

Foundation

7L1, 7R1, 7L1P, 7R1P

Higher

7L2, 7R2, 7L2P, 7R2P, 7L2Q, 7R2Q

Intermediate

7L3, 7R3, 7L3P, 7R3P

Foundation 


Years 10 & 11 (Key stage 4)

The decision of which tier of entry a student should be entered for at the end of year 11 is only finally decided in March of year 11. Until that time, we work on the following assumptions. Students in sets 1 to 3 will be learning higher tier work appropriate to their ability and students in sets 5 to 7 will be learning foundation tier work appropriate to their ability. Students in set 4 will learn primarily, the topics that are assessed in both the higher and foundation exams plus selected other topics that appear in either just the higher or lower tier. This way, we can then make a more informed decision as to which tier they should be entered for to maximise their chances of gaining a higher grade.

The table below shows what scheme of work each key stage 4 class will be studying:

 

Set name

Tier of entry

10P1, 10Q1, 10P2, 10Q2, 10P3, 10Q3

Higher

10P4, 10Q4

Higher or Foundation

10P5, 10Q5, 10P6, 10Q6, 10P6P

Foundation

11P1, 11Q1, 11P2, 11Q2, 11P3, 11Q3

Higher

11P4, 11Q4

Higher or Foundation

11P5, 11Q5, 11P6, 11Q6, 11P6P

Foundation


English - Head of Department: Ms Amanda Hughes

Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)

Years 7, 8 and 9 are broadly banded into three ability levels. Students follow centralised schemes of work which are differentiated to match their ability level. 

 

Name

Setting

7L1, 7R1, 7L1P, 7R1P

Parallel top groups

7L3, 7R3, 7L3P, 7R3P, 7L3Q, 7R3Q

Parallel middle groups

7L6, 7R6

Nurture groups

8L1, 8R1, 8L1P, 8R1P

Parallel top groups

8L3, 8R3, 8L3P, 8R3P, 8L3Q, 8R3Q

Parallel middle groups

8L6, 8R6

Nurture groups

9L1, 9R1, 9L1P, 9R1P

Parallel top groups

9L3, 9R3, 9L3P, 9R3P, 9L3Q, 9R3Q

Parallel middle groups

9L6, 9R6

Nurture groups


Years 10 & 11 (Key stage 4)
Students continue to be broadly banded but the numbering system changes slightly. All students access the centralised schemes of work and they will all sit the same papers because there is only one tier of entry for both English Language and English Literature. Year 10 and Year 11 groupings follow the pattern below for the academic year 2020/2021:

 

Name

Setting

10P1R, 10P1L, 10P1S, 10Q1R, 10Q1L

Parallel top groups

10P3R, 10P3L, 10P3S, 10Q3R, 10Q3L, 10Q3S

Parallel middle groups

10P7, 10Q6

Nurture groups

11P1, 11P2, 11Q1, 11Q2

Parallel top groups

11P3, 11P4, 11P5, 11P6, 11Q3, 11Q4, 11Q5

Parallel middle groups

11P7, 11Q6

Nurture groups


Science - Head of Department: Ms Nicky Steen

Year 7 and Year 8

These sets are the same as the maths groups. 

Year 9 

Students in Year 9 will be studying the GCSE course. They are set by the science department numbered 1-6 based on science assessment data from the previous year. Group 1 is the top set.  All students will study the same content (there are not separate courses for higher/foundation or core/triple science) Set changes will occur throughout the year.  

Year 10

PA, PB and QA are mixed ability Triple Science groups.

P1-P5 are all studying Combined Science (P1 is top set) Groups P4 and P5 will be taught foundation tier.

Q1-5 are all studying Combined Science (Q1 is top set) Groups Q4 and Q5 will be taught foundation tier.

Combined Science groups are set according to their Year 9 science assessment data, set changes may occur during the year. Tier of entry decisions are made during year 11.

Year 11

P1, P2, Q1 are the Triple Science groups.

P3-P7 are all studying Combined Science (P3 is top set) Groups P5, P6, P7 will be taught foundation tier.

Q2-Q6 are all studying Combined Science (Q2 is top set) Groups Q5 and Q6 will be taught foundation tier.

Combined Science groups are set according to their Year 9 science assessment data, set changes may occur during the year. Tier of entry decisions are made during year 11.

 

MFL: French and Spanish - Head of Department: Mrs Jill Hargrave

Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

From September 2020 ALL students in these years will study either French or Spanish regardless of their population. The Language chosen in Year 7 will continue to be studied in Years 8 & 9. The Year 7 sets will study French or Spanish as follows: 

7L 

L1 French

L1P Spanish

L3 French

L3P Spanish

L3Q French

L6 Spanish

7R 

R1 Spanish

R1P French

R3 French

R3P Spanish

R3Q Spanish

R6 French

Therefore a student in 7L3 would study French and a student in 7R3 would also study French. However, students in 7L1P or 7R3P would study Spanish.

All Year 7 classes follow the same course books and teachers deliver appropriate material for the ability of the students

From Year 8 onwards, the teachers will choose material from both the Higher and the Foundation versions of the course, as appropriate for the students. This allows plenty of choice to differentiate to meet individual needs. This is especially important in Year 9, where we start delivering the GCSE course.

Years 10 & 11 - Students who have opted to study a language at GCSE.

Students are placed in classes according to which option block they have been allocated. In some option blocks there may be only one French or Spanish class; in others there may be more. The classes will not be setted unless there is more than one French or Spanish class in that block. 

 
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