When my dd started in year 7 the school had an express group - based purely on SATs results, so all the children in there had 3 level 5s. The class had all their lessons togther, whereas the rest were streamed for core subjects and then mixed ability for PE, Geography, art etc. This was very popular with the parents of children in the express group and they did not want it to be partly dispanded in year 9. However as a parent of a child who had 2 level 5s in science and literacy and one mark off a level 5 in numeracy - I felt my dd was disadvantaged. She was very aware that her friends in the express group were doing more work and being pushed. I think what annoyed me was that over the two years there was no movement between groups and also that it was blanketed across all the subjects. Thankfully she is now in the top sets for everything for GCSEs - just took a long time to get there!
Thanks a lot Millie33
This might have been some time back. as recently I heard that SATS don't include science any more.
I might be wrong.
Its good to know that the high ability groups can be called by various names in different schools.
so may be I need to concentrate on her overall ability if the schools are looking for 3 level 5's