Key Stage 3
On entry into the school at the age of 11+, students are divided into three mixed ability populations, known as population A, B, and C of equal size and each representing the full ability range. In Year 7 and Year 8 (Key Stage 3), all students follow a broad and enhanced National Curriculum.
In Year 7 the majority of students will take two languages, by Year 8 this will reduce to about half of the year group. However there is a very small number of students who do not do Languages in Year 7, this group of students can become slightly larger during Key Stage 3.
All Key Stage 3 subjects use the same 9-1 assessment criteria used for GCSE subjects at Key Stage 4, so there is a continuity in how students are assessed across the two key stages.