How learning is organised

Number of places
The school currently has places for 132 students. There are two classes of 11 pupils in each year group, covering Years 7 to 12 (ages 11-17). There are 22 places in each year group.

Class sizes and staffing
Each class of 11 pupils is taught by a teacher and a Teaching Assistant (TA). In some cases there may be two Teaching Assistants if any students in the class have an ongoing physical condition that affects their learning, or require transitional or additional support agreed with the relevant Local Authority.  This structure differs from the primary mainstream model of an individual Learning Support Assistant attached to particular student for a certain number of hours, and allows students to be grouped flexibly in order to meet their needs.  There are sometimes additional adults working alongside the teacher and TA, for example creative professionals, specialist sports coaches or speech & language therapists.