Year 7 Parents Information Video September 2021

Attending secondary school can be an equally exciting and daunting experience for young people and, as such, our transition programme begins well in advance of students joining us in September. Our Director of Transition will have met with primary colleagues, getting an understanding of students’ needs and their aspirations. In July, we then invite all year 6 students into college for two days, where they experience their new home:

  • Ride the school bus
  • Eat in our canteen
  • Meet their form tutor
  • Attend lessons
  • Start to navigate their way around the BVC site

It is our intention that this process gives students every opportunity to feel comfortable, supported and have confidence with which to start their Bottisham Village College journey.

Students will undergo a series of online assessments, as we wish to quickly get an understanding of their strengths and needs. Combined with KS2 data, we shall then work to place students in appropriate study groups.

Year 7


Study Groups (art, English, French, humanities, music, performing arts, RS & science)
  • Mixed attainment classes based on CAT4 assessments.
  • Students who require additional support in literacy and numeracy will follow our nurture curriculum with increased time for the core subjects.
  • Students are placed in attainment sets based on assessments at the beginning of Year 7
  • Students are placed in attainment sets based on prior attainment in PE.
  • Students are taught in their mixed attainment form groups
Creative Design Rotations (Computer Studies, Design & Technology and Food & Nutrition)
  • Students are taught in mixed attainment classes.


Students will follow a broad and exciting curriculum, using a two week 50 lesson timetable, split into Week A and Week B.

Number of lessons per fortnight

Maths English Science French Geography History PSHE REP Performing Arts PE Creative Design  Music Art
8 7 5 5 3 3 2 2 3 4 4 2 2


Details of our curriculum intent in year 7 can be found on our curriculum pages here.

There are many highlights of the year to enjoy in year 7:

  • School trips to Framlingham
  • Year 7 Disco
  • House Enrichment Activities, including “The House Games” in the Summer Term.
  • Extended Schools Activities
  • Sports Fixtures
  • Year 7 Camp in Norfolk

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