2 1/2 Form Entry?

Gayhurst is a two-and-a-half form entry school. The local  authority has decided that there should be 75 children in each year group. The school hasn’t chosen this intake and it means that we have to manage having a half class of 15 children in each year group. We manage this by providing an additional Reception teacher and classroom, so that there are three classes of 25 each, and then by having a mixed-age class in every two year phase of the school.

Every class in Gayhurst has a rich mix of talents and abilities and mixed-age classes are very similar to others in terms of the range of ability. Having this arrangement also means that children are re-grouped within the classes in their year group every year, so that all 75 children in a year group will very likely have been in a class with all the other children in that cohort by the time they leave school.

The school uses a two-year rolling programme of curriculum topics so that children in a mixed class will not repeat anything they have already covered.