How We Organise Classes & Groups

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Contents

  1. RWS7
  2. RWS8 and RWS9
  3. Setting in PE in RWS7-9
  4. RWS10 and RWS11
  5. Setting in PE in RWS10-11
  6. Tiers and Entries in Mathematics and Science

RWS7

RWS7 NS

For the first term, all classes for all subjects are mixed ability, based upon information received from primary schools. The Year group is split into two halves for timetabling purposes R and W.

The following informs streaming in Maths and Science only, which comes into effect after the Christmas holidays:

The 60 highest performing students on each of the R and W sides of the school are streamed into one band. This band will be divided into two classes, which will be designated as 7r1, 7r2, 7w1 and 7w2.

It is important to note that the classes within this band will be mixed ability and therefore 7r1 and 7w1 are of a similar average ability.

The remaining students on each of the R and W sides of the school are streamed into our second band. This band, on each side of the school, will be divided into two classes, which will be designated as 7r3, 7r4, 7w3 and 7w4.

It is important to note that the classes within this band will be mixed ability and therefore 7r3 and 7w3 are of a similar average ability.

With the exception of PE, all other subjects to remain mixed ability in all classes.

It is always our policy at Ravens Wood School to continually monitor our Mathematics and Science bands and ensure that students are placed in the correct band for their ability. We have regular calendared dates when set and stream reviews are completed. These are published on the school website as part of the Assessment and Reporting calendar in the “How We Assess” section.

It is possible that your son could be moved between these bands at these scheduled points during the year. If this is the case, individual parents/carers will be informed.

RWS8 & RWS9

 RWS8 NS   RWS9 NS

Students remain in ability sets in the following subjects at the beginning of Year 8 and into Year 9: English, Mathematics, Science and PE.

Please note that in Year 8 English is linked to Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Oracy & Epics, Performance and Religious Studies and in Year 9 is linked to Geography, History, Performance and Religious Studies on the timetable. Therefore, ability sets determined by English will also affect the groupings in these subjects.

All other subjects to remain mixed ability in all classes.

The following informs ability sets in English, Mathematics and Science:

In order to ensure that we can place our highest performing Mathematicians into an additional GCSE in Statistics, we review which students are placed into the R and W side of the school. Your son may therefore change sides at the beginning of Year 9.

Because students have changed sides of the school, we also must reset students based on ability for the subjects listed above. They may therefore be placed into a different set than they were in previously. However, should this be the case they will only be moved up or down by 1 set and this set change will have been confirmed to parents and carers at the end of Year 8.

It is always our policy at Ravens Wood School to continually monitor our Mathematics and Science bands and ensure that students are placed in the correct band for their ability. We have regular calendared dates when set and stream reviews are completed. These are published on the school website as part of the Assessment and Reporting calendar in the “How We Assess” section.

It is possible that your son could be moved sets in these ability based subjects at these scheduled points during the year, however moves will be limited to either one set up or down. If this is the case, individual parents/carers will be informed.

Please scroll down for information on tiers and entries in Mathematics and Science in Years 9-11.

Setting in PE in RWS7-9

As students physically develop at different rates, the PE Department carry out fitness tests in the third week of each term in order to ensure that students are playing sports with peers of a similar ability. The Head of Physical Education, will write to all parents and carers before each fitness test to explain the process and how the outcomes are used to inform set changes.

RWS10 & RWS11

RWS10   RWS11

Students remain in ability sets in the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Statistics, and Core PE.

Please note that English is linked to Philosophy Religion and Ethics on the timetable. Therefore, ability sets determined by English will also affect the groupings in this subject.

In Year 10 and 11, all other subjects are mixed ability.

We will continue to monitor the ability sets in English, Maths and Science after each assessment point throughout Years 10 and 11. It is possible that he could move up or down by one set during these years. If this is the case, individual parents/carers will be informed.

Please scroll down for information on tiers and entries in Mathematics and Science in Years 9-11.

Setting in PE in RWS10-11

In the first lesson in September in Years 10 and 11, students choose which set they want to be in – either a competitive group or a healthy lifestyles group. Students are encouraged to have an active dialogue with their PE teachers and raise any request to change groups directly with the PE Department as their interest in sports, fitness and physicality change.

Tiers and Entries in Mathematics and Science

a) Year 9:

Mathematics: All students in 9rMa1, 9rMa2, 9rMa3, 9wMa1, 9wMa2 and 9wMa3 will study towards the Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics course. All other sets will study towards the Foundation Tier GCSE Mathematics course.

Science: All students will study Triple Science Higher Tier content throughout Year 9. In this non-option subject, a decision will be made at the end of Year 9 regarding which students will continue to study Triple Science in Year 10, and so be placed into the top two sets on each of the R and W side of the school, and which students will convert to Combined Science in Year 10. This decision will be ability based and informed by the Year 9 End of Year Assessment, prior attainment during Year 9, book reviews and their performance in class. The outcome of this process will be communicated to parents/carers at the end of Year 9.

b) Year 10 and 11:

Mathematics: In Year 10, all students in 10rMa1, 10rMa2, 10rMa3, 10wMa1, 10wMa2 and 10wMa3 will study towards the Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics course. All other sets will study towards the Foundation Tier GCSE Mathematics course.

This will continue into Year 11. However, at this stage there is the possibility for students in Set 3s to convert to studying Foundation Tier should they be struggling in Higher Tier. This decision will be informed by the Pre-Public Examination (PPE1) period.

Science: At the end of Year 10 we will review which students will remain studying Triple Science on each of the R and W sides of the school and which students will convert to Combined Science. This decision will be ability based and informed by the Year 10 End of Year Assessment, prior attainment during Years 9 and 10, book reviews and their performance in class.

We give our students the opportunity to study towards Triple Science for as long as possible, and to as many boys as possible, so that we can make a fully informed decision at the end of Year 10.

It must also be noted that should your son wish to take Science subjects at A-level, he will not be prevented from doing so if he converts to Combined Science, provided that he fulfils the entry requirements of the course, which is a grade 7-7 in Combined Science and a grade 6 in his English and Maths GCSEs.

It is the School’s decision, as the examination centre for your son, as to which qualifications your son is entered for and the tier of entry in which they are entered.