We look forward to welcoming students back to the Academy, and hope that they’ve had a well-deserved, restful break. As you’ll be aware, we follow a mixed-middle approach rather than using ability sets at KS3. This means that students are instead grouped with peers who have similar strengths and areas for development, allowing our staff to better tailor learning to each child’s needs.
Year 7 students joining the Academy last term have been initially taught in their Tutor Groups, allowing them to settle into Academy life, and for us to get to know them better before determining the most appropriate groups. We are really pleased with the exceptionally positive start that Year 7 have made, and look forward to them moving to their new groups from Monday 1st November. Students will be provided with their updated timetable, and their Personal Tutor will be able to answer any questions that they may have.
We continually monitor and review how all of our students are progressing, and as such, changes continue to be made from time-to-time as students tackle and excel in new challenges. Students moving to more appropriate groups in other Year Groups will also receive new timetables.
Source: Q3 Great Barr News