The world is changing faster than ever and it is essential that the way we educate our children adapts to the implications of those changes. Today’s children are the first truly digital natives; they have more information at their fingertips than previous generations could have amassed in a lifetime.
The Newcastle High curriculum acknowledges this; it is designed to provide the girls with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need in the years to come. It is innovative and exciting with academic rigour and excellence at its heart.
Our curriculum is rich in the Arts and strong in Humanities, Sciences and Languages. Sport is for all. Breadth and depth of intellectual challenge is a strong feature.
As well as subject specific lessons, the Newcastle High curriculum promotes a cross-curricular approach that enables girls to make more sense of their learning. Knowledge and skills in one subject area are used to reinforce learning in another. This means, for instance, that skills acquired in ‘English’ do not just stay within the English lesson. It is so liberating to be able to encourage the girls’ to discover and learn the facts and figures through independent learning and use the lessons to explore the how? and why?, to solve problems and discover solutions by using knowledge gained in Mathematics, Science, Geography or other subject areas. This allows genuine discussion and enables personally significant learning to become commonplace.
In Years 7 – 9, the girls study a wide range of subjects which include Art, Dance, Drama, Latin, Geography, History as well as a Modern Language, English, Mathematics and Science. They also undertake a cross-curricular Deep Learning Enquiry.
In Years 10 and 11, the GCSE years, the core subjects are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and a Modern Foreign Language. They have a wide range of GCSE options to choose from and also built into their timetable is Physical Education, Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). In Year 10 the girls enjoy lessons in Complementary Studies which can range from Art History to Entrepreneurship while in Year 11 they embark upon an AS Level in Critical Thinking to strengthen their skills in developing and presenting an argument.
At Newcastle High, we do not teach to a formula intended to accumulate marks in examinations, we inspire girls’ learning and encourage them to expand and deepen their understanding. This broad approach to education ensures that the girls enjoy school and develop important life skills which will support and help them to achieve outstanding results at GCSE and beyond.
Deputy Head (Academic)