Year 7

In September 2018, we admitted 238 students into Year 7.

These students were placed in eight mixed ability form groups.  Although a few adjustments may be made to these groups, students normally remain in the same form group throughout their five years at Bottisham.

In Year 7 all students follow a common course: there are 50 lessons in a two-week cycle which are divided as follows: 

English 7 Creative Design (Art, Dance, Drama, Music) 6
Maths 8 Computing 2
Science 6 Design & technology 3
French 5 PE 4
History 3 Enrichment 1
Geography 3 Religious Education 2

 

 

 

 

 



Students are  placed in broad ability bands for all subjects except art, drama, music, creative design and physical education which are mixed ability.  The banding is carried out on the basis of the National Curriculum Assessments and Teacher Assessments carried out at the end of KS2.  All students will aim to progress by one National Curriculum level during this first year. 

x band y band Description
Upper Band
7 Hawking 7 Rattle

These are true parallel groups with even gender and ability slplits.

Students in these groups have an average scaled score of more than 101*

* This criteria may change each year depending on the year group.

7 Rowling 7 Malala
7 Dyson 7 MacArthur
Lower band
7 Dweck 7 Goodall These are true parallel groups with even gender and ability slplits.

Students in these groups have an average scaled score of less than 101*

* This criteria may change each year depending on the year group.
7 Sanderson 7 Branson

Other subjects below are taught in different sets:

Banding will be monitored closely over the first few weeks and movements made in the unlikely event that  students appear to have been misplaced.  Students arriving with incomplete data will be placed in a ‘best fit’ set with their abilities being assessed as a matter of priority over the initial weeks of term.

Students failing to achieve expected levels of achievement during KS2 will be identified by primary schools during the summer term. This group will be a key focus for the college on entry. Progress will be closely monitored by Heads of Learning and members of the College Leadership team.

Malcolm Baker
Director of Transition (Year 7)
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Julie Linsey
KS3 Pastoral Support Worker
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Amanda Turner
Lead Transitions Teaching Assistant
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