As part of the transition process we ask all pupils to nominate two friends that they would like to be with in the tutor group. We also use the information from the primary schools to guide us on which students work well together in the teaching groups. We confirm tutor groups in June, before term starts. We listen to students’ preferences and so combine the need to be with some friends, but also mix with new children as well. It works well each year and we can tweak a few class lists as we go along if necessary.