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Curriculum

All students are entitled to and receive the same educational opportunities of the highest quality.  Education is of value for its own sake and we seek to encourage all students to learn at school, outside school and beyond school age.

The school aims to maximise potential in academic terms.  However, we also aim to provide enrichment activities that broaden a student’s experiences whilst at school.  It is our ambition to encourage our young people to develop into responsible citizens with moral purpose and values that help sustain their everyday lives.  We are committed to all students and believe that each individual matters and should be provided for.

At Newfield School we want all students to enjoy their learning and achieve highly.

We are committed to achieving the highest standard of teaching and learning, which we believe is at the heart of individual achievement.  We have high expectations of all our students and encourage them to take responsibility for their learning.  We recognise the value of varied, active work, and the importance of encouragement and praise in a secure, well ordered teaching and learning environment.

Students with particular needs have individual learning plans that provide them with additional support to enable them to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the school and to succeed.  The progress of all students is monitored against ambitious targets that build on the strengths of each student.

Our curriculum consists of a broad and balanced provision and subject areas are encouraged to further enhance this provision through off-site learning opportunities, including enrichment visits, fieldwork and sports activities.

An extensive and varied extra-curricular programme runs both during lunchtime and after school.

Our students are supported in their development of an understanding of cultural influences and acceptance of cultural difference, values of outstanding citizenship, tolerance, resilience and moral purpose through discrete ethics lessons and core concepts that are delivered curriculum-wide.

Special Educational Needs

Students with barriers to learning, ranging from specific learning difficulties to physical disabilities, will be supported to participate and achieve in every aspect of school life as part of our commitment to all students.  The SEND Department will have an overview of every student to ensure that this commitment is fulfilled and will be in regular liaison with parents at all stages of a student’s career at the school.   

Withdrawal

If a parent wishes to withdraw their son/daughter from attendance at religious or sex education lessons or assemblies, they should write to the Director of KS3 or KS4 before the start of the school year.

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

The school has a strong pastoral system to support students of every year.  We contract independent Careers Advice and Guidance to ensure that all our students can access a high quality of individual support when appropriate.

Key Stage 3 (Y7-Y9)

At Key Stage 3 students follow a curriculum that is varied, engaging and differentiated and designed to meet the needs of individual and groups of students.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of: 

 

  Periods (hours) per week  

  English       

  4

  Maths

  4

  Science

  3

  PE

  2

  Geography      

  2

  History

  2

  Spanish

  2

  DT

 1

  Ethics

  1

  Art

  1

  Music

  1

  Drama

  1

  ICT

  1

  Total

  25

 

Setting in KS3

In Y7 students are taught in the following groupings: 

  Ability Sets    

  Mixed Ability Groups     

  Maths

  Science

  English

  Geography      

  History

  Spanish 

  Ethics

  Art

  Music

  Drama

  Design Technology

  ICT

  PE

 

In Y8 students are taught in the following groupings: 

  Ability Sets    

  Mixed Ability Groups    

  Maths

  English

  Geography

  History

  Spanish

  Science

  Ethics

  Art

  Music

  Drama

  Design Technology

  ICT

  PE

 

In Y9 students are taught in the following groupings: 

  Ability Sets    

  Mixed Ability Groups    

  Maths

  English

  Geography

  History

  Spanish

  Science

   Ethics

 

  Art

  Music

  Drama

  Design Technology

  ICT

  PE

 

Setting arrangements are reviewed termly, and transfer between teaching groups occurs when required.

Key Stage 4 (Y10 and Y11)

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum allows students to personalise their educational pathway, selecting from a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications.

‘Progress 8’

The Government has introduced a new measure by which schools and students will be judged. Instead of focussing on Grade Cs in English, maths and three other subjects, the emphasis will now be on a student’s progress (from whatever their starting point) in all their subjects.

The ‘progress 8’ measure takes an average of the ‘Best 8’ GCSE grades (or equivalent) a student achieves, including English, maths, science and one from geography, history and a foreign language. Therefore all students are required to include at least one from geography, history or a foreign language in their option choices.

A small number of students who need an even more personalised curriculum to meet their needs are provided with a more bespoke curriculum, after consultation with their parents.

All students at Key Stage 4 follow a core curriculum comprising English, maths, science (either separate biology, chemistry and physics, or dual award Core and Additional Science), PE and ethics. In addition students make a guided choice of three other subjects from the lists below.

GCSE courses

Art & Design, Computing, Drama, French, Geography, History, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Spanish

Vocational courses

  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Sport

The KS4 curriculum consists of:

 

     Periods (hours) per week               

 English    

  4

 Maths

  4

 Science

  6

 PE

  1

 Ethics

  1

 Option 1

  3

 Option 2

  3

 Option 3

  3

 Total

  25

 

For more information on each subject, please see the links to the left.

Parents wishing to know more about the curriculum at Newfield School should contact Mr Thornely, Assistant Headteacher.