The Curriculum


At Cardinal Newman we have a two year Key Stage 3 which is being developed to support progression and the successful transition from Primary School. Our Key stage 3 curriculum Hopes to engage and motivate our youngest students and provide them with a passion for learning. Students will experience a wide range of exciting subjects in which they will undertake fun and active tasks that will promote the development of skills, course content and independent learning. Students should make rapid progress through KS3 at Cardinal Newman.

Each curriculum Area has developed an overview of course content for Years 7 & 8 which can be accessed below:

All students follow a programme that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and aims to challenge and inspire.


As students progress through the school, they will be placed in a variety of teaching groups according to their ability and the needs of individual faculties. In Year 7, most lessons take place in mixed-ability groups, although there is setting in Mathematics and Science. Children with a particular literacy or numeracy need are given more individual tuition as necessary. In Year 8, there is further setting in a number of subjects and as students progress into KS4, there is greater emphasis on grouping according to ability.



Year 9

In Year 9 all students follow courses in the curriculum consisting of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and PE. Students also have a choices curriculum where they can choose five options from a range of subject areas but still ensuring that they follow a broad and balanced curriculum.



Years 10 and 11

All students study a core programme of Religious Education, English, Maths, Science and Physical Education. As appropriate, students are expected to continue with a Modern Foreign Language and a Humanity subject. In addition, students choose up to four additional subjects from a wide range of options. Some students choose to follow vocational courses in a number of subject areas. Nearly all students are expected to achieve eight, nine or ten GCSE passes.



Years 12 and 13 Sixth Form (Ages 16-19)

Most of our Year 11 students return to us after the GCSE examinations to join the Sixth Form. Depending on their results and their future ambitions, they follow a wide variety of courses. There are over 25 AS and A2 courses on offer as well as a range of vocational courses at both Level 2 and Level 3.

All students in the Sixth Form follow a General Religious Education programme and have opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, an Extended Project or Wider Key Skills. We can guarantee our students:

  • A long and proven track record of success in examination results and progression onto higher education and employment
  • Highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching staff
  • A continued caring pastoral system in which students remain in the house system in Year 12 but benefit from distinct personal support from the Sixth Form team in Year 13
  • A true partnership between students, parents and tutors
  • A broad range of academic and vocational courses
  • A wide variety of enrichment activities including retreats, visits to Lourdes and World Youth Day and the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by mentoring younger students