Higher ability classes are offered at each Year level. Students suited by ability, disposition, information from contributing schools and standards of achievement may be offered places in these classes or the mentoring programme.
All other students, including many with higher ability but who are better suited to “broad banded” classes, will be in classes of mixed ability.
Much care is taken in placing students with homeroom teachers who might best meet the students’ learning styles, social needs and/or interests.
Generally students will remain with the same class group and homeroom teacher for both Years 7 and 8. Students, parents and teachers may, for a variety of reasons opt for a change in the second year – all are consulted prior to changes being made.