The school will operate a combination of sets and tutor classes next year in the same way as it has during the current academic year. Please be aware that the academic profile of the school is very high: over 90% of pupils arrive at St Leonard’s having met national standards at KS2 and over 60% of pupils are significantly above national average in terms of prior attainment. We set children so we can tailor teaching to the needs of all children; please note that being in a particular set does not limit what a child can achieve. Given the very high academic profile of the school the material and courses followed across all the sets is very high. It is very common, for example, for pupils in the ‘middle’ sets to achieve grades 7, 8 and 9 at GCSE. It is for this reason we re-named the sets 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, rather than 1, 2, 3, 4 as in reality, all classes are following material and courses at a very high level.
Year 7: For the majority of the timetable, pupils are taught in their Tutor Class. For Maths, the tutor classes are paired with sets 1a and 1b which reflect prior attainment at KS2.
Year 8: Maths, Science, RE, English and Languages are set in Year 8. The pupils in tutor classes L, E, O and N are split into 4 different sets; pupils from A, R, D and S are split into another 4 different sets. The sets are called: 1a, 1b, 2a and 2b. The sets are based on a combination of internal data, external data from primary school and external cognitive tests.
Year 9: Maths, Science, RE, English and Languages are set in Year 9. The pupils in tutor classes L, E, O and N are split into 4 different sets; pupils from A, R, D and S are split into another 4 different sets. The sets are called: 1a, 1b, 2a and 2b, except for Maths where they are called 1a, 1b, 1c and 2 as pupils start to prepare for maths CGSE with sets 1a, 1b and 1c preparing for the higher tier maths GCSE papers. The sets are based on a combination of internal data, external data from primary school and external cognitive tests.
Key Stage 4: In Year 10 and Year 11 pupils are placed into two separate halves of the year group: X and Y. These groups are of equal ability. For each of the four core subjects: English, Maths, RE and Science, these halves are then split into 5 different classes. In maths the sets are called: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a and 2b. This reflects the higher / foundation pathways with pupils in set 2a and 2b following foundation material and pupils in set 1a, 1b and 1c following higher material. In all other subjects the classes are labelled: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b and 3. The sets are based on a combination of internal and external data.
Reviewing: The decision on setting is at the discretion of the school and the departments involved regularly review sets. Setting is always done on a ‘best fit’ model, and it might be the case that over time some pupils ‘out-perform’ some pupils in the set above. This does not mean that they are in the wrong set, indeed a high performance might mean that their needs are being met in their current set.
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