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What We Mean by 'Class of,' 'Years at School' and 'Forms'

Use this guide to understand the terms 'Class of,' 'Forms' and 'Years at School' to make sure you're connected with the right group of Old Cornelians.
17 Apr 2023
OC News

'Form' v 'Years at School'

If you were at school earlier than the past couple of decades, you will have identified with your 'Form' group rather than your 'Year' group,' which is the term used now. To register on OC Connect, you will be asked for your Years at School using the 'Year Group' format, which is explained below (you may note that these are not the same as 'Key Stages'):

First Form - Yrs 1-3
Lower Second Form (L2/Lii) - Year 4
Upper Second Form (U2/Uii) - Year 5
Lower Third Form (L3/Liii) - Year 6
Upper Third Form (U3/Uiii) - Year 7
Lower Fourth Form (L4/Liv) - Year 8
Upper Fourth Form (U4/Uiv) - Year 9
Lower Fifth Form (L5/Lv) - Year 10
Upper Fifth Form (U5/Uv) - Year 11
Lower Sixth Form (Lv6/Lvi) - Year 12
Upper Sixth Form (U6/Uvi) - Year 13

'Class of' Explained

Your 'Class of' is the year that you and your cohort would normallly have left Upper Sixth Form, or Year 13. It is not necessarily the year that you left secondary education (if you left at a time before it was required to stay in education until age 18) but rather the year when you would have been 18 years old at the end of the school year (for our purposes, that is in the Spring/Summer). We use this designation because not all students are the same age in a year group, and not all students leave at the end of Year 13.

So, for example:

You attended school from Lower Second Form (aged 8, in 1963) through Lower Sixth Form, (aged 17, in 1972). The group that you travelled through your educaiton with would have been 18 in the Spring/Summer of 1973, so you are all in the Class of 1973 (thank you to a member of that Class for that example!).

OC Connect uses your Date of Birth, the years you were at school and your year groups at school to calculate your 'Class of' automatically. That way, we can be sure you are invited to the correct reunions and you can connect with your friends in your cohort.

St Leonards - St Leonards/Mayfield - Mayfield: Aren't We all Old Cornelians?

In a slight departure from previous practice, we are asking you to identify which school(-s) you attended when you register on OC Connect. We know each part of your school experience is important to you, so it is important to us to pay attention to these. While all of our old girls are Old Cornelians and part of a large alumnae community, we'd like to recognise that some of you may have attended St Leonards, Edgbaston, Layton Hill or Harrogate so that we can celebrate what these schools mean to you with bespoke events and communications.

Still not sure your information is recorded correctly? Just email Narelle on and she'll sort it! 

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