CATHOLIC VOLUNTARY ACADEMY
The curriculum at St Bede’s follows the national pattern of being divided into the key stages of three and four. Key Stage Three is spread across years 7 and 8 and represents a transition from year 6 in the primary and the establishment of a solid base of preparation for the externally assessed courses of Key Stage Four.
In year 7 students are organised into 5 academic ability sets for English, Maths and Science. Timetable considerations allow for Maths to be set independently but the setting for English and Science classes is based upon prior attainment in both subjects. All other courses are taught in mixed ability groups.
In years 8 and 9 students are organised into 2 parallel populations each of which covers the full ability range. All subjects are organised independently into 3 sets for each population totalling 6 teaching groups over all. These are based upon academic performance in English, Maths, RS, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Humanities. All other subjects have 3 mixed ability groups in each population.
Technology in year 7 is organised into 7 groups and, in years 8 and 9, into 8 teaching groups.
In years 10 and 11 students commence a curriculum based upon the option choices they have made in the second part of year 9. For English, Maths, RS and ICT, students are organised into 2 bands based upon their overall academic ability. Within each band, classes are organised into academic sets. Across the 2 bands there are 6 sets. Science is timetabled independently into 6 sets based upon the students’ ability in Science. All other subjects are based upon the student uptake for each subject. Where sufficient numbers exist, the students are arranged into sets based upon ability.