Newlands Secondary School
In Key Stage 3 and beyond, history and geography will be taught discretely and the social and cultural curriculum will be addressed through a mixture of assigned time and mapped activities taking place within subject programmes. Again, this approach will be enhanced in assemblies, through clubs and societies and with termly cross-curricular challenges for students to engage with, individually and in groups. Key modules will address: the global financial crisis; science and medical ethics; the advance of technology; the role of money and enterprise; the gains from trade and international cooperation; scarcity, the allocation of resources, the cost of industrial advance and environmental crises; and the value of innovation and progress.
In Key Stages 4 and 5, students will be provided with a good range of subject choices that meet their interests and capabilities. At IGCSE, students will be expected to undertake a ‘core’ programme consisting of English Language, one science and one humanities subject (geography or history). Students will also have at least four options available to them to supplement this core, with subjects such as further sciences, modern foreign languages, a further humanities subject and an arts subject (drama, music, art). Students will receive guidance in making choices that reflect their ability, interests, and potential future destinations. All subject teachers will make short presentations during class time ahead of the deadline for IGCSE choices in order to help the students make an informed choice. We will place the greatest value on parents’ and students’ own preferences and we will not restrict access to examinations unfairly.
In terms of choices for the Sixth Form, each student will meet individually with their form tutor and again with a Senior member of staff to discuss the Sixth Form pathways available to them and their choices of subject. Students will also have the chance to discuss their wish to study a subject in the Sixth Form with the subject teacher, either as part of a normal school day and/or with their parents at a parents evening. Students in the sixth form may study BTEC, AS-levels and A-levels or re-sit IGCSEs. All students will be expected to continue education post-16 and the school undertakes to work closely with students and parents to provide the added support necessary for some to make sufficient progress in their higher studies.
*Subject to KHDA approval.