Upon entering the school, year 7 pupils are placed in a mixed ability teaching groups. After the first half term pupils are then banded into three broad groups Y, P and S for all subjects. For pupils that require specialist support there is a discrete teaching group. The year 7 and 8 curriculum is designed to build on pupils' knowledge and skills which they have developed throughout their time at primary school. It is also designed to prepare them for the study of GCSE.
All pupils in Year 7 & 8 will study the following subjects on a two week timetable:
- Religion, Ethics and Philosophy
- French or Spanish (on rotation)
- DT (on a rotational basis)
- IT & Computing
In the Spring term of Year 8 pupils are supported to choose 4 'option' choices for further study at GCSE in Year 9. These are then studied alongside compulsory subjects over three years.