Class Organisation and Grouping
The purpose of this organisation is to give each individual, whatever his/her ability, the opportunity to work at a more appropriate pace and thus raise standards.

Year 7: The majority of subjects are taught as mixed ability groups for the first term, apart from Mathematics which forms sets late in September. Most other subjects are put into sets after Christmas.

Year 8: Pupils are placed into sets which are used for Welsh and many foundation subjects with mathematics, science and English setting their subjects independently.

Year 9: Pupils are placed into sets which are used for Welsh and many foundation subjects with mathematics, science and English setting their subjects independently.

Set Names

Higher Sets:
Welsh and Foundation Subjects - T, D, Y
English - E1, R1, R2
Mathematics - E1, R1, R2
Science - E1, R1, R2

Intermediate Sets:
Welsh and Foundation Subjects - A
English - E2, R3
Mathematics - E2
Science - E2

Foundation Sets:
Welsh and Foundation Subjects - F, S, G
English - E3, R4
Mathematics - E3, R3, R4
Science - E3, R3, R4

- In years 8 and 9 the year group is divided into two cohorts, namely TAF and DYSG to create the timetable. In year 7 similar arrangements are made with the year group split into two or three cohorts depending on the number in the year.
- T, A, F, D, Y, S or G is the teaching group for your child in the foundation subjects (History, Geography, Religious Education, Information Technology, Modern Foreign Language, Art, Music, Drama )
- On the whole, sets T, Y and D are equal with higher attainment grades than A, F, S and G
- On the whole, set A have higher attainment grades than F, S and G
- On the whole, F and S are similar
- In set G, there are pupils who receive additional support.

The Setting Process
Every core subject undertakes a summative assessment four times a year, with humanities undertaking these assessments three times each year. All of these assessments are combined to give an overall attainment for each pupil which are placed in rank order. Pupils are distributed into draft sets based on this. The subject leaders meet and discuss and agree on the set boundaries and borderline pupils prior to draft sets being formed. Subject teachers and heads or year have an opportunity to raise any issues with the draft sets prior to these being finalised.

Full setting occurs at the end of each school year, and at Christmas of year 7. The positions of pupils at the top and bottom of sets is considered at the end of other terms and changes are made where it is clear that the current setting is inappropriate.

Key Stage 4
Pupils are placed into sets in the core subjects (Welsh, English, mathematics, science) with each subject creating their own sets based on subject assessments and the courses the pupils are following. These sets are adjusted slightly during the course, especially in science where different sets follow significantly different courses. You should contact the relevant heads of department if you need more information on setting in their subjects.