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Before the students start in Year 7 we take into account all the information we have available - SATS, primary school information etc.  We will place students into tutor groups (D, S, T, C & G).  

In Year 7, students will be taught in tutor groups other than English and Maths which are taught by ability.

We teach a broad and balanced curriculum which ensures every student is able to fulfil their full potential.   Every student will study English, Maths, Science, Design Technology (Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials), Computing, Dance, RE, Geography, History, ICE (Individual Character Education), Art, PE and either French or Spanish. 

Across the curriculum a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed so that all students are provided with opportunities to be motivated and stretched according to their aptitude and ability.  Regular and varied assessment tasks will be set, the results of which are shared with parents each term.

A Year 7 parents evening is organised to keep you informed of your daughters progress and any next steps needed.

We also have a set program of trips and visits throughout the year to further enhance their learning experience. 

The RSL (Raising Standards Leader) and Deputy RSL are always on hand to answer any issues you may have whether academic or pastoral and their role is to help your daughter achieve their potential so that they excel in all endeavours. 

A high standard of personal appearance is expected. The checking of general appearance is the responsibility of all teachers in the first instance, however all staff are to check that students are wearing the correct uniform in lessons and around the College.

As your daughter enters Year 8 the lessons will stay the same however the rigour and challenge will continue and increase.  Like Year 7, progress is continually monitored.  Where students are not making expected progress then interventions will be put in place. 

A Year 8 parents evening is arranged to discuss progression and next steps.

In Year 8 we start to look ahead at options and will start to introduce careers provision so students are equipped to make well informed choices. 


The most up-to-date copy of DSTC Uniform expectation for Years 7-11 can be found here:

Key Stage 3 Grade Sheet Information

The Grade Sheet is split into sections:


Minimum Expected Target Grade – this represents the minimum target grade your daughter should achieve by the term stated, in order to be making Expected Progress from her Key Stage 2 Attainment.


Aspirational Target Grade – these are grades represent a challenging target for your daughter to aspire towards. There are occasions when this will be the same as the Minimum Expected Target Grade.


Attainment Grade – This is your daughter’s current grade in each of her subjects. This grade is colour coded to show you the progress she is making towards her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She is currently working at a grade below her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She is currently within 1 Fine Grade of her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She has met her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She is currently working at a grade above her Minimum Expected Target Grade.

4 – Attitude to Learning – The Attitude to Learning score is a measure of how hard your daughter is trying in her subjects. Please see the table below for details.

5 – Homework – Homework is graded using the same scale as attitude to learning. This is a measure showing how well your daughter is working on her homework. Please see the table below for details.