Frequently Asked Questions


Will my child's class remain the same each year?

Mixing Cohorts at Abbeymead Primary School:

At Abbeymead Primary School, we reserve the right to mix cohorts of pupils as they move throughout the school. This will not automatically be the case, but will be reviewed annually to consider the needs of the cohort. 

Mixing cohorts involves rearranging class groupings, providing students with the opportunity to engage with new classmates and teachers as they progress through their primary education.This will usually take place at the end of an academic year ready for the following September.  

 Benefits of Mixing Cohorts:

  • Social Development:

    • Promotes social development by allowing students to interact with a broader range of peers. It encourages the development of new friendships, collaboration, and the ability to work effectively in different group settings.

  • Adaptability and Resilience:

    • Exposure to different teaching styles and classroom environments fosters adaptability and resilience in students. It prepares them for future academic challenges and helps build the skills necessary to navigate diverse learning experiences.

  • Broadened Perspectives:

    • Provides students with a wider perspective on various subjects and topics. Interacting with different teachers and classmates enhances their understanding of different teaching methods and learning styles.

  • Transition Readiness:

    • As students progress through their primary education, the practice of cohort mixing prepares them for the transitions they will experience in secondary education. 

  • Enhanced Classroom Dynamics:

    • Contributes to dynamic and inclusive classroom environments. It ensures that students are not confined to a single social group, fostering a sense of unity and cooperation within the entire school community.

  • Facilitates a Positive Learning Environment:

    • Introducing new dynamics at the end of the academic year keeps the learning environment fresh and exciting. It prevents stagnation and maintains a positive atmosphere, encouraging both teachers and students to approach education with enthusiasm.

Your Support Matters:

We understand that change can be a significant factor for both parents and students. Your support during this period is crucial in ensuring that the transition is smooth and positive for everyone involved. Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us directly.

We believe that the practice of cohort mixing at Abbeymead Primary School contributes to the holistic development of our students, and we appreciate your collaboration in creating a nurturing and vibrant learning community.