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|
|Science||6||Design & technology||3|
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.
Other subjects below are taught in different sets:
- Practical Literacy: Set by reading age (X and Y side of Year.) Set 5 is a “Cultural Capital” set run by the college’s Deputy Principals
- PE: Single-Sex Groups based on prior attainment
- Technology: Mixed Attainment
- Arts: Mixed Attainment
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. Once a group has been established, parents will be informed by the primary schools and invited to attend the college summer school which will focus on literacy and numeracy. All of these students will receive additional 1-2-1 or small group intervention with higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) with the aim of reaching level 4 by the end of Year 7. Progress will be closely monitored by Heads of Learning and members of the College Leadership team.