At Longbenton High School our vision is that, throughout their time with us, students evolve as individuals to be the best that they can be and give their very best to others. Our intent is that we afford our students all the opportunities available to demonstrate skills through both a broad and engaging curriculum in their academic subjects and the ethos that the school has through its pastoral care.
We have high expectations of all of our students and create opportunities for them to develop as learners and to be challenged by their experiences in school. Assessment underpins our whole curriculum but takes many forms; we look to adapt and personalise the curriculum for each student so that they are on the best pathway to success for them.
We regularly review the curriculum we offer to ensure that we are giving all of our students the best chance to be successful; recent changes include amending the KS3 Curriculum to reflect the changes at KS2 and KS4, introducing Accelerated Reader for all pupils in Year 7 and Year 8, changing the curriculum for a small number of pupils in year 11 so that it better fits their needs and introducing new courses such as Photography GCSE and Politics A level.
We aim to offer the broadest range of subjects to all students and ensure that they have sufficient curriculum time to be successful in all that they undertake. We don’t limit the choices that students can take by enforcing an Ebacc curriculum for all as we recognise that creative and performance subjects are real strengths for many of our students and areas in which they can excel.
The extracurricular opportunities offered to all are wide ranging and enable our students to discover and develop new interests and talents. We offer activities such as Duke of Edinburgh, Sailing, Surfing, STEM Club, TICE, Orchestra, Choir, Qurious Dragerns, Drama Club, Creative Writing, Chess, Table Tennis, Peer Mentoring, Skiing, Debate Club.
We want all students to leave Longbenton having developed socially, morally, spiritually and culturally as well as having achieved their potential academically. Throughout their time at Longbenton we support students to have the confidence to believe they can achieve their very best; we do this through a comprehensive PSD programme, careers guidance from our own staff and Connexions, tutorial based activities and assemblies. We also provide additional support for identified students such as mentoring and group work sessions.
Longbenton High School offers a curriculum that allows all students to be challenged to achieve their very best. Students follow the Key Stage Three curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 though in English, maths and science they commence some of their GCSE study in final term of year 9.
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Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and 8, students follow the full range of National Curriculum subjects.
English, Maths, Science, French, Spanish, Art, Design Technology, Food Studies, Textiles, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Personal and Social Development. Students in Year 7 are taught French those in Year 8 study both French and Spanish. Additional support is provided for a small number of students to develop their literacy skills in place of a second language.
During year 8 all students undertake an option process to reduce the number of subjects which they study in year 9; this enables additional curriculum time to be given to subjects which students may go on to study at GCSE. Students choose three subjects from Music, Drama, Spanish, DT, Art and Food Studies
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
At Key Stage 4/GCSE, all students study for GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science (either Combined or Triple). The additional four subjects which students study are chosen through an Option process in year 9. Whilst we encourage students to follow an Ebacc curriculum if it is appropriate for them we recognise that this is not the appropriate route for all of our students.
Current year 10 subjects are : French, Spanish, Creative i-media, Business Studies, Computer Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Physical Education, Art, Photography, Design Technology, Food Studies, CACHE, Triple Science, Music, Drama, Applied Studies.
A small number of our most able students sit GCSE Further Maths as an additional qualification.
Two additional subjects, Physical Education and RSD, are taught as non-exam courses.
Key Stage 5
Beyond GCSE, most students study three subjects to Advanced Level. However there is an option for those who particularly want to study a fourth A Level such as Further Maths.
All courses now follow the linear model of examinations.
Students also have allocated lessons for Sixth Form enrichment.