The classes throughout the school consist of a mix of ages. Apart from Kindergarten where their is a mix of 3 year groups, all other classes have a mix of 2 year groups. Subsequently there is to a certain extent a mix of abilities in most classes. However as pupils tend to move up the classes based on a number of factors including their academic ability, their social and personal maturity and their previous school experiences, the range of abilities in classes are partially minimised. Due to the small nature of the school and the free interaction of all classes with one another, pupils generally do not mind what class they are in, as long as their class is appropriate to their abilities.
Nevertheless, however carefully each class is arranged there will inevitably be differences in ability. To ensure that all pupils are receiving an appropriate level of education and are being sufficiently challenged the school has adopted a number of approaches:
- Inclusive Discussions As most classes are whole class discussion based the teacher is able to ensure that all pupils are involved.
- Group Activities The teacher carefully chooses each group when undertaking a class activity to ensure that each pupil is engaged at an appropriate level.
- Individual Activities & Tuition Due to the small numbers in each class, throughout the school day and most lessons the teacher is able to sit down with each child and help them reach their full potential levels.
- Assessments By consistently monitoring pupils through assessment and indivual tutition each teacher is able to identify the appropriate level of homework and extra support each pupil needs.
- Ability Appropriate Levels of Homework The more advanced ability and older pupils are given higher levels of homework to ensure that they are always being sufficiently stretched. There is a high level of expectation with regard to their work. Younger pupils in the same class are given age appropriate homework with the expectation level based on their particular age and ability. At all times all pupils are encouraged to believe that they can and will academically progress at a steady and consistent rate.
- Role Models & Mentors Due to the mix of ages in each class older pupils are encouraged to help and mentor younger pupils. This gives them a strong sense of responsibility and power, as well as helping them to embed their own knowledge. For the younger pupil they have the benefit of older role models whom they can look up to and learn from. We try to ensure that each child throughout their time with us experiences the benefits of being both an older and younger member of a class.