Our mission is to ensure that all students are in a position to follow their true vocation in life and have the opportunity to go to a top university or a prestigious apprenticeship. We work closely with industry, businesses and universities to develop our provision and curriculum. This ensures our students gain the knowledge and employability skills which will give them the competitive edge in the world of work.
The College uses the specialism of Mathematics and Arts as our foundation for a broad and balanced academic curriculum with strong provision for both STEM and creative subjects. This programme is underpinned by a Catholic curriculum which supports the development of both spiritual and personnel virtues.
To provide breadth to the curriculum all students access a programme of non‐examination lessons and activities, comprising Physical Education, PSHE, and IAG, which is supplemented through the tutorial programme and half‐termly Impact Days.
At John Henry Newman Catholic College we run a two week timetable. Each day consists of five lessons of 60 minutes each, and the curriculum is typically structured as follows:
All students follow a three year Key Stage 3 course from Year 7 to 9. The curriculum has been designed to provide breadth and balance whilst enabling each student to develop their particular interests and talents and keep future options open as long as possible. Our curriculum is regularly reviewed to keep abreast of developments in national examinations, Higher Education and new technologies.
Literacy and numeracy are a key focus throughout a students’ learning journey and are delivered through all curriculum areas, and supplemented through tutor time. Intervention is available for students who require additional literacy support in order to enhance their access to all curriculum areas through the Graduate Coach Support Programme. Additional numeracy support is also provided where necessary.
The new style GCSE examinations will require the development of skills to sit terminal exams including extended writing, written accuracy and fluency, and memory development and retention.
|Year 10 & 11 Core Subjects||Year 10 & 11 Option Subjects|
|RE (5)||Art & Design (5)||History (5)|
|English (9)||Business Studies (5)||Media Studies (5)|
|Mathematics (9)||Catering (5)||Music (5)|
|Science (10)||Computer Science (5)||Performing Arts (5)|
|PE (2)||Dance (5)||Physical Education (5)|
|Drama (5)||Product Design (5)|
|French (5)||Spanish (5)|
|Geography (5)||Sport (5)|
|Health & Social Care (5)||Triple Science (5)|
In Key Stage 4, the core curriculum for all includes RE, English, Mathematics, Science,and PE. In addition pupils have 15 hours per fortnight to study three option subjects. Students are encouraged to follow one of three pathways (A, B, or C) depending upon their prior attainment in Ebacc subjects. More able students are encouraged to take triple science and a language, alongside History or Geography. All students on pathway A or B are encouraged to take the Ebacc suite of qualifications. A wide range of optional subjects is offered to complement the core learning, including a vocational option where this is more appropriate.
In the Sixth Form students are required to follow a suitable 16‐19 Study Programme. Study Programmes are designed around students, their targets and ambitions. They are individually tailored and will consist of substantial level 3 qualifications, work related learning, extra‐curricular activity and the continued development of core skills in English and Mathematics. Students are also supported through regular Academic Tutorials and Study Support Sessions.
Qualification hours will comprise of A Levels, Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas and BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas. Students will be entitled to up to 10 hours of taught study for each option subject they choose. Students must study at least three Level 3 qualifications, although some students choose to study four. Other qualification hours include General RE, Core Maths, and GCSE Maths and English retake classes for all students who have not achieved a grade C or above.
|Art & Design (10)||History (10)||Psychology (10)|
|Biology (10)||Hospitality (10)||Religious Studies (10)|
|Business Studies (10)||ICT (10)||Sociology (10)|
|Chemistry (10)||Law (10)||Spanish (10)|
|Drama (10)||Mathematics (10)||Sport (10)|
|English Literature (10)||Media Studies (10)||Core Mathematics (5)|
|Geography (10)||Physics (10)||GCSE English retake (4)|
|Health & Social Care (10)||Product Design (10)||GCSE Mathematics retake (4)|
Please note that curriculum information is correct at time of publication on 1st July 2016, but is subject to alteration in response to any curriculum changes which are made at government level.