Whitley Bay High School

We provide the broadest curriculum and consistently achieve outstanding results

Curriculum

Whitley Bay High School’s curriculum is broad and balanced which appeals to all of our learners allowing them to make exceptional progress. We aim to inspire students to become lifelong learners who are effective communicators and believe our curriculum provides the support students need to achieve this.

Consequently our curriculum enriches our ethos and vision by supporting students to become committed, curious and happy learners who are flexible in their thinking. Outstanding information, advice and guidance to our students throughout their time at the school to ensures they can make an informed decision on suitable pathways once they leave school. 

The following information aims to provide a snap shot of our curriculum, but more information can be found in the school and sixth form prospectuses. 

Students have 48 lessons per fortnight, each lesson lasting for one hour. 

YEAR 9

Subject Hours per Fortnight
 

English 
8 
Mathematics 
8 
Science 
6 
PE 
4 
Geography 
4 
History 
4 
PSE/LEV/RE 
2 
French or German 
4 
Art 
2 
Technology 
2 
Food/Textiles 
2 
An Option Choice from: 
• Music 
• PE 
• Philosophy & Ethics 
• Robotics 
• Dance 
• Drama 
• Jewellery 
• German 
2 

All classes apart from Maths are taught in mixed ability groups. 

A choice of a core Modern Foreign Language is offered. Those students opting for German as their Option choice can continue as dual linguists. 

All students are given the opportunity to have a small degree of decision making in selecting an option subject to study. This helps in their development of independence and will be followed in the January of Year Nine with Option choices for GCSE. 

YEAR 10

Subject Hours per Fortnight

 
English 
7
Mathematics 
6 
Science Triple 
9 
PE 
2
Four Option Choices 
6 per subject 

All classes are taught in mixed ability groups, except Mathematics which is set. Science is taught in mixed ability with the exception of the triple science, a cohort of the 60 most able science students. 

Students select their option subjects following a guidance meeting with a Senior member of staff in January. There are no guided routes and students are advised to do subjects they will enjoy, be successful in and which feed into future career plans. 

OPTION SUBJECTS OFFERED




Art Design Tech, with Systems Philosophy and Ethics
Biology 
Food & Catering 
Health and Social Care  
Business Studies 
Geography 
Child Development 
Design Tech. with Paper & Boards 
History 
Dance 
German 
ICT  
Computer Science 
Drama 
Music 
Art &Textiles 
Design Tech with Timber 
Physical Education 
Diploma of Vocational Education Award / Work Related Learning (double option) 

Diploma of Vocational Education Award/ Work Related Learning (double option) This is a bespoke option allowing students to study Wider Key Skills and Cope level 2. Some students may study GCSE photography or Cope to level 3. As well as accessing work placements and off site provision. 

YEAR 11

Subject Hours per Fortnight
 
 
English 
7
Mathematics 
6 
Science Triple 
9 
PE 
2
Four Option Choices 
6 per subject 

The subjects available at Year Ten continue into Year Eleven  

YEAR 12

Subject Hours per Fortnight


Up to four option choices 
9 per subject  
General Studies 
2 
Extended Project 
2 
Enrichment 
2 
or 
Resit English 
2 
Resit Mathematics 
2 
Further Mathematics 
2 

OPTION SUBJECTS OFFERED




Applied Science English Language  Physical Education
Art 
French 
Physics 
Biology 
Food Technology 
Psychology 
Business Studies 
Geography 
Music 
Chemistry 
History 
Theatre Studies 
German 
Combined Lit/Lang 
Textiles 
Systems & Control 
Mathematics 
Applied Business 
Economics 
Media Studies 
Health & Social Care 
English Literature 
ICT 
Computer Science 

Students opt for AS subjects following a guidance meeting with Senior staff in February of Year 11. Final decisions are made in a second meeting on enrolment day in August. 

Students can choose to complete an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) or an enrichment programme. Those without a GCSE at grade 4 will take the relevant English or Maths resit classes. 

YEAR 13

Subject Hours per Fortnight


Up to four option choices 
9 per subject  
General Studies 
2 
Extended Project 
2 
or 
Further Mathematics 
1 

Following AS results and a guidance meeting students will continue with 3 or 4 A2 subjects, or may opt for a combination of AS and A2 subjects.  

All sixth form students will also attend at least 1 hour of enrichment each week. This can include the study of the following qualifications: 

EPQ 
Core Maths 
Further Maths 
Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) 
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