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Year 7



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 in ability sets. 7D is the 'grammar' stream. 7S, 7T, 7C & 7G are all mixed ability groups.

We teach a broad and balanced curriculum which ensures every student is able to develop their potential.   Every student studies 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.

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 available to answer any issues you may have whether academic or pastoral and their role is to help your daughter progress and developtheir 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.

Year 8

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. 

Year 9



Year 9 is not something to be worried about at all. Your classes will become more focussed on the build up to GCSE but up until your end-of-year exams, most things are just like year 7 or 8.

Some Subjects are specifically geared to make the transition to year 10 and GCSE easier but you also also have subjects which use specialised key stage 3 material.

When you move into year 9, more is expected of you academically and also in behaviour as even though you are still in KS3, you will become role models for the younger students.

You also make very important decisions about your option choices as these will determine your future journey in education and eventually into the workplace and future prospects. You will be fully supported in these decisions through your ICE (Individual Character Education) lessons and Tutor Time.

Key Stage 3 Grade Sheet Information

The Grade Sheet is split into sections:

1 - Minimum Expected 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.

2 - 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.

3 - 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.

4 - Attitude to Learning

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




Student works exceptionally well, is highly motivated and produces work of a high standard.


Student works consistently well, is motivated and produces work of a good standard.


Student generally works well but can lack motivation and may need redirecting back to task. They produce some work of a good standard but this can be inconsistent.


Student is often off task and requires monitoring to ensure concentration. Tasks are rarely completed to an acceptable standard.

This is a cause for concern.

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.




Homework is always completed and handed in on time and displays an excellent level of effort and accuracy.


Homework is usually handed in on time and shows a good level of effort but may not have been fully completed or may contain some errors.


Homework is generally completed on time and shows some effort however it may not reflect a student’s potential.


Homework is less than satisfactory and requires improvement. It may be incomplete, lacking in effort or given in late or not at all.

This is a cause for concern.