Curriculum Statement

Principles

At Newbridge High School we offer a curriculum which:

  • Is broad and balanced
    All students should have the opportunity to follow all subjects of the national curriculum at KS3, including PSHE. They should be able to develop intellectually, creatively, socially and physically.
  • Provides enjoyment, boosts self-esteem and raises aspirations
    the curriculum should motivate all students to want to learn
  • Promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
    All students should develop as rounded citizens through the totality of their educational experience.
  • Encompasses the acquisition of personal, learning and thinking skills
    All subjects will emphasise the teaching, learning, assessment and progression in cross curricular skills.
  • Emphasises the importance of Literacy and Numeracy
    All students are able to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in Literacy and Numeracy through discrete lessons and across the curriculum.
  • Enables students to understand the connections between different subjects
    All students should increasingly experience a curriculum which includes the study of some themes that cross traditional subject boundaries.
  • Prepares young people for the future
    All students should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve as highly as possible at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Curriculum structure the curriculum is delivered through a 25 lesson a week timetable, each lesson lasting for 55 minutes. In addition there are 4 sessions a week with the tutor through which Personal Health and Social Education is delivered. The balance of time is as follows:

SubjectNumber of lessons in Year 7/8Number of lessons in Year 9
English44
Maths44
Science33
Art Design and Technology (ADT) (includes Computing, Food Technology, Product Design and Art)32
Humanities (includes History, Geography and RE).33
Health, Careers and Citizenship11
Modern Languages (French in all years)23
PE32
Performing Arts (includes Drama, Music, Media and Dance)22
Modular studies01

In all subjects we aim to build on the learning that has taken place in the Primary School at Key Stage 2. Broadly we follow the national curriculum at Key Stage 3, although we also aim to prepare our students for GCSE at the end of Year 11, and have planned curriculum and assessment milestones in all subjects with our partner schools in the Ashby and Coalville area. Assessment is continuous through formative tasks and through end of course summative assessments.

Greater specialisation and choice is built into the Year 9 curriculum through Modular Studies, in which students can take a range of additional courses within PE, ADT, Performing Arts and other areas of the curriculum.