We deliver the National Curriculum through a three-year key stage 3 and a two-year key stage 4 programme. Within this, however, pupils begin their key stage 4 Science and Maths courses during Year 9. The timetable is structured around 50 one-hour periods each fortnight, with Year groups divided into two equal, mixed ability bands for timetabling. Class regrouping takes place within bands at the end of years 7, 8 and 9.
Pupil to teacher ratios vary between 18 and 30 to one, depending on subject and key stage, with practical classes and those in sets with lower attaining pupils being the smallest.
The pastoral structure, based on 48 mentor groups within 4 houses, does not impact on taught classes but is used for the delivery of Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE) and some Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) elements, such as parts of the post-16 application process.