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Class allocations

Classes for 2022/23.


Today your child will be informed of their class and teacher for the academic year 2022/23.  A slip to update you on who their teacher will be next year will be included with reports issued today.


Class groupings are an operational matter and are based on multiple and complex factors, including (but not exclusively):


  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision and needs
  • Ratios of pupils supported for English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Balance of academic abilities and needs
  • Gender weighting
  • Accommodation of new pupils


We take all reasonable steps to place children into known friendship groups, but this is not always possible.  However, all children (other than new arrivals) are placed in a class where they have peers they know, even if it is not their best friend.  Children do get to meet, play, and engage with other friends at break and lunch time, even if they are not in the same class.  New friendships are fostered and built throughout the year, and this is often refreshing for the child long term.


Whilst most children are excited and positive about the new academic year, some children find the planned changes in classes and teachers worrying or unsettling initially.  Parents are asked to support their child positively if they are disappointed or would have had another preference of class.  They should be reassured at home to ease any anxieties or apprehensions and not have them underpinned by parents offering or stating that they will seek or make a change.


It is not possible or realistic for individual representations to be made and non will be given at this time.  All classes are monitored and moderated carefully throughout the year and only in very exceptional circumstances would changes be made in consultation with staff and with consideration to all.