In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups, while in Year 9 they are taught in banded groups. All groups have four periods per week of 50minutes.  The students follow a balanced Science course following the Exploring Science course but based around the QCA scheme of work.  The modular organisation of the course allows student attainment to be regularly assessed by end of unit tests.  Year 9 students study a KS3 to 4 transition course to prepare them for studying the GCSE course from January of Year 9.