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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 education 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 many different subject areas and our students 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 coupled with enrichment days throughout the academic year.

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 Head of Upper or Lower School 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.

Lower School (Y7-Y8)

In Lower School students follow a curriculum that is varied, engaging and differentiated and designed to meet the needs of individual and groups of students.

The lower school curriculum consists of: 

  Subject

  Periods (hours) per week

  English

  5

  Maths

  5

  Science

  3

  PE

  2

  Geography

  2

  History

  2

  Spanish

  2

  DT and Art

  1

  Ethics

  1

  Music and Drama

  1

  ICT

  1

  Total

  25

Setting in Lower School

In lower school students are taught in the following groupings: 

  Ability Sets

  Mixed Ability Groups

  Maths

  Science

  English

  Geography

  History

  Spanish

  Ethics

  ICT

  Art

  Music

  Drama

  Design Technology

  PE

Setting arrangements are reviewed after each assessment week, and transfer between teaching groups occurs when required.

Upper School (Y9, 10 and Y11)

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

‘Progress 8’

Progress 8 is the measure by which schools and students will be judged. Instead of focussing on Grade 5s 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 Spanish. Therefore, all students are required to include at least one from geography, history or Spanish 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 in Upper School follow a core curriculum comprising English, maths, science (either separate biology, chemistry and physics, or trilogy science which is equivalent to 2 GCSEs), PE and ethics. In addition students make a guided choice of three other subjects from the lists below.

GCSE courses

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

Vocational courses

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

The year 9 curriculum consists of:

  Subject

  Periods (hours) per week

  English

  5

  Maths

  5

  Science

  5

  PE

  2

  Ethics

  2

  Option 1

  2

  Option 2

  2

  Option 3

  2

  Total

  25

The year 10 and y11 curriculum consists of:

  Subject

  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.

Students are set by ability in the core subjects of English, maths, science and ethics and are grouped according to option choices within the other subjects.

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