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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 Music and/or Performing Arts
Mathematics Religious Education Geography
Physics French and/or Spanish Computing and Media
Biology History Art
Design Technology

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Physical Education (including Dance) Food Technology
PSHE and Citizenship

The students gain experience of a variety of subject areas in a broad and balanced programme of study.

All pupils in Year 7 must also attend a 30 minute lunchtime reading session each week

Key Stage 4
All students will study:
Religious Education Double or Triple Award Science Biology
English Language and Literature Mathematics Chemistry
Physical Education PHSE and Citizenship Physics
Students study a Modern Foreign language and three further subjects from:The Option System – Route A
Art Geography History
Business Studies Music Sport
Design Technology

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Food Technology A second Modern Foreign Language
Performing Arts Computer Science
Students study a vocational option, the equivalent of two GCSEs, from the following;The Option System – Route B
Art and Design Health and Social Care Business Studies
Engineering Sport

Then they add an extra GCSE from:

Geography History Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish)

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 Design and Technology

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Mathematics Further Mathematics Core Mathematics
Music English Language and Literature Physics
Spanish French Business Studies
Religious Studies

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

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

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 Badminton Basketball
Climbing Clubbercise Cricket
Cross Country Dance Dry Rowing
Fitness Football (Boys and Girls) Gymnastics
Hockey Netball Rounders
Rugby (Boys and Girls) Sportshall Athletics Table Tennis
Tennis Trampolining Weightlifting

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

Languages and internationalism

At Cardinal Hume we have developed many close international connections, and a commitment to develop links with schools around the world for the benefit of all our pupils. We have recently enjoyed Comenius projects – a British council funded exchange project in partnership with schools from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland and Finland. We also have close partnerships with schools in India and Uganda, and staff from across the curriculum are involved in international teacher training to develop languages in school.

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 another 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 with the school’s own adventure club: Edmund Campion Outdoor Club (ECO). 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. Recent sports tours include trips to Holland, Italy, Malta and Cologne.

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, School of Rock, The Wedding Singer, Grease and Return to the Forbidden Planet. 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.

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.

For further information about any specific content of the curriculum please contact Mr Errington, Assistant Headteacher 0191 487 7638 or info@chs.bwcet.com