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Key Stage 3

The students gain experience of a variety of subject areas in a broad and balanced programme of study.
All pupils in Year 7 must attend a 30 minute lunchtime reading session each week.

All students study a broad range of subjects which include:

English Chemistry Mathematics
Religious Education French and/or Spanish Physics
Physical Education – including Dance Biology History
Design Technology Information Technology Art
Food Technology Music Geography
PSHE and Citizenship
Key Stage 4

All students will study:

Religious Education English Mathematics
Physical Education ICT Double or Triple Award Science:
Biology Chemistry Physics
PHSE and Citizenship
The Option System – Route A

Students study a Modern Foreign language and three further subjects from:

Fine Art Geography Graphic Design Art
History Music Business Studies
Design Technology Sport Food Technology
A second Modern Foreign Language Performing Arts
The Option System – Route B

Students study a vocational option, the equivalent of two GCSEs, from the following;

Art and Design Health and Social Care Business Studies
Sport Engineering

Then they add an extra GCSE from:

Geography History Modern Foreign Languages

They also add ICT and Certificate of Personal Finance (both courses are the equivalent to one GCSE)

The Option System – Route C

Students study two of the vocational courses listed in Route B. (Each course is the size of two GCSEs) They also add ICT.

We offer a broad curriculum to cater for all students who wish to continue with education post 16. The courses offered are:

Sixth Form

1. A comprehensive range of GCE Advanced Level courses available in:

Art and Design Geography Biology
History Chemistry Mathematics
Religious Studies Further Mathematics Design and Technology
Music English Language English Literature
Spanish French Business Studies
Physics Law Psychology

2. Two year National Vocational qualifications (Certificate, Diploma, Extended Diploma):

Art and Design Sport Business
Science ICT Performing Arts
Health and Social Care

A brochure outlining Sixth Form opportunities is supplied to all students in Year 11.

Enriched Curriculum
Sporting Activities

Cardinal Hume School has a wide variety of clubs and teams which run before school, at lunchtimes and after school. These include:

Athletics Rounders
Badminton Rugby (Boys and Girls)
Cricket Sportshall Athletics
Cross Country Archery
Cyber Coach Table Tennis
Dance Tennis
Dry Rowing Trampolining
Fitness Triathlon
Football (Boys and Girls) Ultimate Frisbee
Gymnastics Volleyball
Weightlifting Rock Climbing


Cardinal Hume Catholic School teams are entered into many leagues, tournaments and festivals throughout the academic year. Many pupils have gained district, regional, county and national recognition in their chosen sports.

This is supported by our Gifted and Talented programme where pupils are offered support from their allocated mentor.

We have many leadership opportunities available for our pupils running Sports Leaders Awards at Level 1 and 2 as well as Step into Sport Awards.

We are a SPORTSMARK school.

Bringing Languages to Life

France, Spain and Germany may seem a long way from Wrekenton, but with the Modern Foreign Languages pen-pal club you can shorten the distance to these places considerably.

In recent years pupils from year 7 and year 8 have met at lunchtimes to write letters helped by some of our older linguists.

Travel, Trips and Excursions

International travel remains at the top of the agenda at Cardinal Hume across the curriculum. The History department recently enjoyed a visit to Belgium to mark the centenary of the battle of the Somme and a visit to New York is planned for this year. Outdoor activities are high on the agenda, with regular weekend trips to the Lakes, Teesdale and Northumberland for walking, climbing and gorge-walking. The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is firmly established in school for Y10 and above, offering students fantastic opportunities to develop their personal, social and physical skills, and a team of students is preparing for a forthcoming world challenge trip to India.

Music For All

The Music and Performing Arts department runs a wide range of ensembles and clubs for pupils of all ages and ability.

The school choirs rehearse during lunchtimes, with the orchestra rehearsing every Wednesday after school. Students are usually expected to have reached grade 2 standard to play in the orchestra, but there are no auditions for the choirs. Rehearsals continue throughout the year in preparation for a number of performances; the annual Advent services, the spring cabaret, occasional lunchtime events and other liturgical events in school as well as numerous events around the region to which our pupils are invited.

Instrumental lessons are offered for orchestral strings, clarinet, flute, saxophone, brass and drum kit. All students who play one of these instruments at their junior school are guaranteed lessons when they join us in year 7. There are also opportunities for some pupils to take up an instrument for the first time. Whilst these are heavily subsidised, there is a small charge for instrumental lessons, enabling us to continue to offer an excellent range and quality of tuition. Instruments can be borrowed at no extra cost from the Gateshead Music Service.

Annual Productions

Each summer term the school produces a large scale musical, with performances in the penultimate week of term. The production involves a large team of staff and students who are involved in singing, dancing, acting, technical and back stage work, promotions and art work. Recent productions include We Will Rock You, The Wedding Singer and Grease. Rehearsals take place during lunchtimes and after school, with some weekend rehearsals before opening night. The show is very hard work but lots of fun, and standards are very high – several of our recent stars have gone on to study at top ranking performing arts schools.


There are a whole host of other clubs and activities based in and around a variety of subject or extra-curricular areas available for all students. These include Art Club, Debating Society, Homework Clubs as well as a variety of Sports and Music activities. More detailed information is available on the school website.