Curriculum

The broad and balanced curriculum at New Line Learning Academy is designed to provide all pupils with a high quality education appropriate to their needs in order to prepare them academically, socially and personally for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of further or higher education, employment and adult life.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – Year 9)

All pupils are taught:

  • National Curriculum Core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science.
  • National Curriculum Foundation subjects – Art, Design and Technology, Food and Cookery, Mandarin, Spanish, Geography, History, Dance, Drama, Music, Physical Education.

Pupils are placed in mixed ability tutor groups. At Key Stage 3, setting occurs in English, Mathematics and Science. All other subject areas are taught within a mixed ability structure.

All pupils in Year 7 take part in one Literacy Lab lesson each week. This lesson is designed to develop and enhance the literacy skills of our learners so they can access their studies more successfully and confidently.

In Year 7 and 8 we have introduced a Grammar Stream for pupils who have been identified as being Upper Prior Attainers.  Pupils in the Grammar Stream are taught the majority of their lessons in this group. We also have an Endeavour group for pupils who have found the transition from primary school to secondary difficult.  Pupils in the Endeavour group receive the majority of their lessons from a specialist KS2/3 teacher and remain in this group until they are ready to make the transition to mainstream lessons with the rest of their cohort.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 – Year 11)

Key Stage 4 is introduced in Year 9, with courses commencing in Year 10. Our Pathways process is based on the interests, abilities and aptitude of pupils. It offers a range of GCSE and Level 2 Vocational qualifications. No pupil is forced to study a non-core subject or down a curriculum route they do not wish to follow. At KS4 all pupils will study/follow:

  • The core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science to full GCSE level. Level 2 Finance has been introduced into our core curriculum this year as we believe having the required knowledge and skills in dealing with finances during adult life and being money literate is essential for our pupils. These core subject account for 19 of the 30 lessons pupils receive a week
  • Subjects offered in our option structure include Spanish, Mandarin, History, Geography, Business, Health and Social Care, Food and Cookery, PE, Art, DT, Music, Dance and Drama. These subjects account for 9 of the 30 lessons pupils receive per week
  • Core PE for which they will receive 2 lessons a week

At Key Stage 4 mixed ability tutor groups are retained. Setting continues in English, Mathematics and Science. The option groups are generally mixed ability.

‘P6’ Curriculum

This academic year, we have introduced a new ‘P6’ curriculum into Key Stage 4.  This is for pupils who are not able to study a traditional level 2 pathway, therefore to force them down this route is wrong and would ultimately lead to failure. Pupils in the ‘P6’ curriculum are taught in small groups and study a range of Level 1 courses, both vocational and non, which are accessible and will lead to them securing qualifications across a wide range of fields that will enable them to access college and apprenticeships.

Year 9 Options Booklets

The booklets below will provide details on all of the subjects available to students when progressing to Year 10. These details include information on how the subjects are assessed, the amount of coursework involved and what is to be expected of the students. 

If you have any queries regarding a subject, please contact the subject head of department. 

Year 7 Curriculum Table 

Subject Periods Per Week
English  5
Maths  5
Science  4
History 2
Geography 2
Literacy Lab 1
Spanish or Mandarin  2
PE 2
Dance 1
Drama  1
Music 1
Technology 2
Art 2
Total 30

 

Year 8 Curriculum Table 

Subject Periods Per Week
English 5
Maths 5
Science 4
History  2
Geography 2
Spanish or Mandarin 2
PE 3
Dance 1
Drama 1
Music 1
Technology 2
Art 2
Total 30

 

Year 9 Curriculum Table 

Subject Periods Per Week
English 5
Maths 5
Science 6
History 2
Geography 2
Spanish or Mandarin 2
PE 2
Dance, Drama, or Music 2
Technology 2
Art 2
Total 30

 

Year 10 Curriculum Table 

Subject Periods Per Week
English 6
Maths 5
Science 6
Finance 2
Option A 3
Option B 3
Option C 3
PE 2
Total 30

 

Year 11 Curriculum Table 

Subject Periods Per Week
English 5
Maths 5
Science 6
PE 2
Option A 3
Option B 3
Option C 3
Option D 3
Total 30