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Aston & Cote

Church of England

Primary School

Principles and Aims for Splitting Classes


We are a village school; our small, family feel is a strength. We currently have one class per year group but in the event that we need to reduce the number of classes we have, the governors have agreed a set of principles and aims when splitting year groups:


  • Wherever possible, we aim to keep the key stages separate – Foundation Stage (4-5 years), Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years)
  • Wherever possible, we aim to keep all class sizes as small as we can in order to maintain a warm, family feel
  • We will base any splitting decisions primarily on age/birth dates
  • We will carefully track the progress of any split cohorts to ensure equality of progress
  • We will ensure equality of opportunity and provision across classes where cohorts are split so that no child is at a disadvantage