Our students at John Henry Newman Catholic College pursue a broad and balanced academic curriculum, with strong provision for both arts and science subjects. This programme is underpinned by a wide range of creative and physical activities. To provide breadth to the curriculum all students access a programme of non-examination lessons and activities, comprising Physical Education, PSHE, and CEIAG, which is supplemented through the tutorial programme and half-termly Impact Days. The core purpose of our curriculum is to provide every opportunity for students to achieve, and to provide successful progression onto Higher Education, Apprenticeships or into the work place..
At John Henry Newman Catholic College we run a two week timetable. Each day consists of five lessons of 60 minutes each. Key Stage 3 is split into the Foundation Curriculum (Year 7 & 8) and the Elective Curriculum (Year 9).
The Foundation 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. The Elective Curriculum allows students an element of choice in their studies, and also allows preparation for GCSE courses, and more informed choices to be made regarding which subjects to choose in Year 10 & 11.
The Foundation Curriculum:
|Year 7||Year 8|
|Art (2)||Art (2)|
|Dance (2)||Dance (2)|
|Drama (2)||Drama (2)|
|English (8)||English (8)|
|Geography (3)||Geography (3)|
|History (3)||History (3)|
|IT/Computing (2)||IT/Computing (2)|
|Mathematics (6)||Mathematics (6)|
|MFL (4)||MFL (4)|
|Music (1)||Music (1)|
|PE (3)||PE (3)|
|RE (5)||RE (5)|
|Science (6)||Science (6)|
|Technology (3)||Technology (3)|
|Total lessons (50)||Total lessons (50)|
The Elective Curriculum:
|Business Studies (2)|
|Humanities Option (5)|
|Performing Arts Option(3)|
|Technology option (3)|
|Total lessons (50)|
Literacy and numeracy continue to be a key focus throughout a students’ learning journey and are delivered through all curriculum areas, and supplemented through tutor time. Students who require additional literacy or numeracy support receive intervention in order to enhance their access to all curriculum areas during their allocated MFL curriculum time, as well as during additional bespoke programmes which tailor for their individual needs.
|Year 10 & 11 Core Subjects||Year 10 & 11 Option Subjects|
|RE (5)||Art & Design (5)||Media Studies (5)|
|English (9)||Business Studies (5)||Music (5)|
|Mathematics (9)||Computing (5)||Performing Arts (5)|
|Science (10)||Dance (5)||Physical Education (5)|
|PE (2)||Drama (5)||Product Design (5)|
|Geography (5)||Psychology (5)|
|Health & Social Care (5)||Sociology (5)|
|History (5)||Spanish (5)|
|Hospitality & Catering (5)||Sport (5)|
|IT (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 follow one of three pathways. More able students are encouraged to follow an EBacc curriculum. A wide range of optional subjects is offered to complement the core learning, including vocational options where this is more appropriate. Qualifications are offered at Key Stage 4 which offer a seamless transition into Post-16 study.
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 and BTEC courses. 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, the Extended Project Qualification and GCSE Maths and English retake classes for all students who have not achieved a grade C or above.
|Art & Design (10)||Health & Social Care||Product Design (10)|
|Biology (10)||History (10)||Psychology (10)|
|Business Studies (10)||ICT (10)||Religious Studies (10)|
|Chemistry (10)||Law (10)||Sociology (10)|
|Drama (10)||Mathematics (10)||Sport (10)|
|English Literature (10)||Media Studies (10)||Core Maths (5)|
|French (10)||Performing Arts (10)||GCSE English retake (6)|
|Geography (10)||Physics (10)||GCSE Mathematics retake (6)|
Our curriculum is regularly reviewed to keep abreast of national developments and is correct at time of publication (June 2017).