I'm a secondary teacher, seeking advice from primary colleagues. We chose to send out son to village first school, acting head at time sold it as a family style school of 45 where all look out for each other. Son joined in September and loves school, made friends, really happy and we have been happy and supported him and school wherever we can. He has been working in top of three tables in a group which are now his friendship group. School has two classes, class 1 is reception and year 1 and part way through year some naughty year 1s moved to class 2. On Wednesday we received a letter to say that our son would have same teacher next year with no other info or explanation. The next day our son comes home to say all of his friends have gone to class 2 and he and 5 others stayed behind. We asked him about it and worked out that the class had been separated by age, our son was born in May. we went to see the class teacher who swiftly passed us on to the head. She could not give us a reason why our son was the only one of the top ability group not to move up and only one of his friendship group too. The answer we got was that it had always been done by age, she said she told us this on the way round ( which she didn't) and the specific reason was our son would have been the next to go up. I'm not a whingy parent who wants her child in top class just because and I would have been quite happy for him to remain where he was if he had an academic peer and a friend, but I was cross that they hadn't warned us what was going on, the kids didn't know what was going on in advance. And also that had they made the cut off one person above there would has been his friend and academic peer in the same class as him. Head seems stuck on age not ability which I understand is what some primaries do, but to not even consider our son now left with all low ability kids and no friends is ridiculous! head has now decided as one pupil is coming down that as next person to go up is our son that we can decide. She then added that all naughty boys are in the other class so she would leave him where he is. Feel a bit like we are on a TV reality show waiting for someone to tell us it's all a joke. advice please...... if head says that school policy is to split a class by age, can I ask to see something like that in writing? It doesn't appear in handbook or on school policies page and none of other parents can recall this policy being shared verbally on being shown round. how do I complain without falling out with her? our son now doesn't understand why naught boys have gone up and he has been praised for being good and trying hard and now he is bright enough to know he is with lower ability and not with friends and doesn't understand what he has done wrong.