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Teaching Sets in Key Stage 3 (2009 – 2010) Print E-mail
Misc - Setting
Monday, 05 October 2009 11:19

Hagley Catholic High School is a high achieving school in which the vast majority of pupils are aiming to gain 5 or more GCSEs at Grades A* to C. Every teacher is ambitious for every pupil to achieve and succeed. The purpose of our setting and banding systems is to challenge every pupil to attain or surpass his or her own personal targets.


Year 7

Pupils have been set according to their performance in their Key Stage 2 tests, using decimalised levels such as 5.3, 5.5 etc to achieve precision. For all subjects, the year group has been divided in two halves, each with an equal, balanced ability range.

Each half of the year group is taught in three classes, L1 L2 and L3 in one half and R1 R2 and R3 in the other half. The letters L and R have been chosen simply to represent ‘left’ and ‘right’. L1 and R1 contain approximately the upper third of the year group by Key Stage 2 performance. L2 and R2 contain the middle third and L3 and R3 contain the lower third.

For Technology and Expressive Arts pupils are still organised into Left and Right halves of the year group but are taught in four mixed ability groups which rotate through the options available.


Years 8 and 9

These pupils were tested formally in English, Mathematics and Science at the end of Years 7 and 8 and these results were converted into decimalised levels for all three subjects. These three results were then combined and the year group was ranked by their overall test performance. The year group was then divided into an upper ability ‘X’ Band containing approximately 95 pupils and a lower ability ‘Y’ Band containing approximately 75 pupils. Within these two bands X and Y, pupils have then been set as follows for the different subjects.

For English, RE, Geography and History, pupils have been placed in ‘Literate’ sets. In the Literate sets, the three upper ‘X’ band sets are all mixed ability, so 1, 2 and 3 are of equal ability and are not in rank order of ability. The first two sets in the Lower ‘Y’ band, sets 4 and 5, are both mixed ability and are equal to each other in ability. The sixth set is a special, smaller set.

For Mathematics and Science, pupils have been placed in ‘Numerate’ sets. In the Numerate sets, the three upper ‘X’ band sets are set by their numerate ability, so 1, 2 and 3 are in order, with Set 1 the most numerate and so on. The three sets in the Lower ‘Y’ band are set by ability, so sets 4, 5 and 6 are in order of ability in numeracy.

For French, ICT and Learn to Learn, in the Upper ‘X’ Band, two sets of equal ability have been created, called L1 and R1 (standing for Left and Right), followed by a third set. The three sets in the Lower ‘Y’ band have then been strictly set by ability, so sets 4, 5 and 6 are in rank order of ability, with a special, smaller sixth set.

For Expressive Arts, Technology and PE, the year group is still organised into two halves, an upper ability ‘X’ band and a lower ability ‘Y’ band. The X band has four mixed ability teaching groups and the Y band has four mixed ability teaching groups.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2009 11:45

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