In the first form boys are assigned to one of two broad bands by ability, with up to 30 of the most able boys being placed in an accelerated group which follows broadly the normal curriculum followed by all first formers, but which is expected to work at a faster pace and complete Key Stage 3 in the second form in English, French, Mathematics and Religious Education. Pupils in five of the six form groups study Latin until the end of the third form when it becomes optional.
The banding is monitored and reviewed in the first, second and third forms. In the first and second forms, pupils are taught in their form groups for all academic subjects. In the third form, pupils are set separately in each subject according to ability and aptitude. In the third form the accelerated group starts GCSE courses in English, French, Mathematics and Religious Education and is presented for the public examinations in these subjects in the fourth form, a year early.
Up-to-date and more detailed information about the curriculum and courses is published in the Further Information section of the prospectus.