Years 7, 8 and 9 – Key Stage 3
On entry into the school, students are placed in registration groups or forms. Each group has a Form Tutor who closely monitors and is responsible for students’ general welfare and progress in learning. The students have a base or form room where they meet for registration at the start of each day and for the tutorial period of personal and social education. This continues in years 8 and 9. Each half term the form tutor formally reviews progress with each individual student.
Students are arranged according to ability. In general, three classes in each half of the year follow the same curriculum with one class in each half following a curriculum that has a reduced Welsh and modern foreign language provision. The curriculum time gained is then redirected to support students with additional learning needs. English, Mathematics and Science adopt a system known as setting which groups students together according to ability.
Years 10 and 11 – Key Stage 4
The same core subjects and options are offered to all students. Students are provided with guidance from their Form Tutors and subject teachers to
ensure that they choose wisely and follow a curriculum that is appropriate to their level of ability. Parents/Carers are kept fully informed and there are many opportunities to find out about courses on offer. All students follow a programme of activities designed to support the learning core (English, Mathematics and Science) and Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. Students are set according to their ability in English, Mathematics and Science.