In the junior school, there are generally four classes in each year group. Every attempt is made to keep these classes as small as staffing will allow. In Year 8, the placement of pupils in classes is made following a detailed assessment of information received from the contributory primary school. Pupils are also tested in Maths and English and are taught in banded ability classes although no binding judgement is made on pupil ability and any pupils identified as misplaced will be reassigned.
All pupils follow a broad, balanced curriculum and their performance and progress are continually monitored. Class setting is used in some subjects to allow for enhanced study by more academically gifted pupils and to adjust teaching methods for special educational assistance as required. These arrangements are designed to allow pupils to develop in line with their current abilities.