The curriculum refers to the learning experiences and academic content delivered through lessons, enrichment activities and beyond the school day.
Use the menu to access the curriculum overview for each subject and access a range of resources to support subject learning.
Our mission is to motivate and prepare our students for a rapidly changing world, by instilling in them the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in life, and to uphold our core values of Aspiration, Integrity and Respect.
High quality Teaching and Learning is central to everything we do
Our curriculum at Newhouse Academy improves and evolves every year to meet the high expectations not only of our students and their families but also our colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers. A curriculum is more than just the subjects we teach. Alongside a raft of excellent qualifications, we ensure that our students develop the necessary life skills to succeed on ambitious pathways when they leave us. We understand the resilience, determination and social skills needed to succeed in the work place and consider these attributes as important as the examinations certificates our students are awarded.
As part of Hollingworth Learning Trust we use our connections with the Teaching School to draw upon the expertise of staff across every department. This is so we can be confident that the subjects we offer are in line with high expectations not just locally across Rochdale, but nationally across secondary education. These high expectations permeate our teaching and learning; our staff development and our behaviour and attendance policies, all of which ultimately lead to students achieving their full potential with us. We know that a truly ambitious curriculum offer is one that works in partnership with families supporting their children throughout their learning both in the academy and at home.
We believe the curriculum can only be right for students when it supports them in gaining their desired and ambitious destinations in further education and the world of work.
We offer a broad curriculum as we believe it is imperative that our students grow holistically. Our offer for all year groups encompasses the academic, artistic, creative and scientific characteristics that all of our students have.
Through an extensive Key Stage Three offer we can be certain that when it comes to making their option choices, students and families are clear on the areas they wish to pursue, the grades they are able to achieve and the career pathways this will lead them onto. With superb facilities for PE, Dance and Drama, Technology subjects, Music, IT, Art and Photography we can guarantee that the passions and the talents of our students will flourish with the opportunities offered at the Hollingworth Learning Trust.
Preparing our students for 21st century careers
- Our curriculum is reviewed regularly as part of strategic planning to ensure that it meets the needs of the cohort.
- At the core of the curriculum is a commitment to provide a broad and balanced foundation which will ensure quality support for life after school.
- We have a strong emphasis on spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which is embedded through our values, positive behaviour support and the curriculum itself.
- We expect all of our students to be highly motivated in developing their curiosity for learning, to show resilience and independence not only in lessons but in the academy and wider community, and we aim to foster a clear enthusiasm for learning, progress and success.
- We have high expectations both in and outside of the academy and expect students to be positive role models both in school and in the community: we expect them to be active citizens with a good understanding of British values.
- Our curriculum underpins all of this and enables students to thrive within all aspects of academic and social development which will in turn enable them to apply the skills they learn across a lifetime.
- Our curriculum will ensure that our students acquire both knowledge and skills in all areas of academic and social development.
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9
To ensure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum we have a strong offer with all students in KS3 studying:
|English||Maths||Art and Design|
|Religious Education||French||Dance and Drama|
|History||Music||PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education)|
|PE / Games||Science|
Key Stage 4 - Year 10 - 11
The KS3 offer continues and expands in KS4 where additional specialist subjects are currently included. PSHCE is taught through a pastoral programme of form time activities and weekly assemblies. We also have support throughout both key stages for CEIAG (careers education information, advice and guidance) which involves the careers service, local colleges, work experience and mock interviews.
We consider throughout the year how our extra-curricular offer compliments the formal curriculum and aim to ensure that students have access to a wide variety of clubs and opportunities. This offer will support not only academic progress with for example intervention and homework clubs, but also skills and talents which students wish to further for example sports and artistic clubs, reading and social groups.
|Biology / Chemistry / Physics (a minimum of one science)|
|Non-Examined Core Curriculum: PE|
|Non-Examined Core Curriculum: PSHCE|
Option choices can change slightly from year to year.
This is the current curriculum offer for key stage 4.
Whilst we endeavour to deliver all option choices, subjects and qualifications may change based on student numbers and staffing implications.
|Religious Education||French / Spanish|
|Business Studies||Computer Science|
|Graphic Design||Food Preparation and Nutrition|
|Art and Design||Photography|
|Music||Performing Arts - Acting or Dance|
|Physical Education||Sports Science|