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    A ninth-former

    Hello,

    Do these phrases sound natural to British English speakers? How can I use the word 'class' in this context?

    I am a ninth form.

    I am in the ninth form.

    I am a ninth former.

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    Re: A ninth-former

    Today, it would be 'I am in year nine'. When I was at school it would have been meaningless - the highest form was the sixth form; the 'sixth form' was divided into two years - 'Upper Sixth' and 'Lower Sixth'. People in either year were called 'sixth formers'.

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    PS Sometimes it could last a little more than two years. Because entrance exams for Oxford and Cambridge used to be taken in December, pupils aiming for Oxbridge sat the exams in their 7th term rather than their 4th.
    Last edited by BobK; 29-Apr-2012 at 12:36. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: A ninth-former

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    PS Sometimes it could last a little more than two years. Because entrance exams for Oxford and Cambridge used to be taken in December, pupils aiming for Oxbridge sat the exams in their 7th term rather than their 4th.
    My school had a seventh form for those destined for glory.

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    Re: A ninth-former

    Ours didn't have any kind of infrastructure (uniform, school year, time-table...). I just showed up for the occasional lesson.

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