Newcastle Academy Curriculum Statement 

Reviewed: September 2017

“Key Stages” are a system of setting out targets within National Curriculum, that are expected to be achieved in the various subject faculty areas at each point of a student’s education. The Key Stages relevant to Newcastle Academy are:

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Year 7 x
Year 8 x
Year 9 x
Year 10 x
Year 11 x

Contact hours

The following diagram represents the number of teaching hours for each subject:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 7 7 8 8 7
Literacy Lessons 1 1
English Functional Skills 1 1
Maths 7 7 7 7 7
Financial Literacy 1 1
Maths Functional Skills 1 1
Science 7 7
GCSE Core & Additional Science  8 8 8
or GCSE Triple Science 13 13 10
Geography 3 3
History 3 3
French 3 3
PSHE 2 2 2 2 2
IT 3 3 3
Technology 3 3
Art 2 2
Music 2 2
Drama 2 2
PE 4 4 3 3 4
GCSE Option 1 (NA for those students studying triple Science) 5 5 6
GCSE Option 2 5 5 6
GCSE Option 3 5 5 6
GCSE Option 4 5 5
TOTAL HOURS 50 50 50 50 50

Key Stage 3

A common curriculum is followed with all KS3 students being taught:

English Mathematics Science Technology ICT French Art
Geography History PSHE Music Drama PE

In addition, students also study financial literacy and literacy lessons, following the accelerated reader programme. Assessment of progress is by teacher assessment.

Key Stage 4

All KS4 students follow a core curriculum of:

GCSE English Language GCSE English Literature GCSE Mathematics Functional Skills Maths
GCSE Science – either separate Sciences or core and additional Science PE (non-exam) PHSE (non-exam)

Subjects available to take as an option in Key Stage 4 are:

Art* Business Studies Computer Science
Construction* Design Technology* Engineering*
Food Technology French Geography
Health and Social Care* History ICT
Media Studies Music* PE
Performing Arts Photography*

If your child is on the core and additional pathway for science, they must choose one of the following as part of their options: French, Geography, History or Computer Science.

*Subjects that are taught in a cross federation class in partnership with Clayton Hall Academy

Progress 8 – The New Progress 8 Measure

As of 2016, all students are measured on how much progress they make from when they start in Year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of Year 11.

This will be known as Progress 8…

Progress 8 will be based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects. For each student the eight subjects must be a combination from the diagram below.

The Progress 8 score will always be determined by dividing the points total by 10 (the eight qualifications with English and Mathematics counting double), regardless of how many qualifications your child sits or in which subjects.

For more information on Progress 8, please watch this VIDEO from the DfE