Academic Life

Our aim is to enable our students to leave New Forest Academy appropriately qualified and as mature, caring members of society.

We have introduced greater flexibility into our curriculum to enable students to follow courses that match their ability in subject areas. This has had a positive impact on students’ achievement.

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 fulfills National Curriculum requirements and provides all students with a broad education leading to greater focus at Key Stage 4. During Years 10 and 11, students choose from a wide variety of option subjects (both GCSE and BTEC). We provide high quality Information, Advice and Guidance. All potential curriculum and career pathways are considered for each student. Our aim is to ensure that all students during their educational life can make fully informed choices about the next Key Stage.

We believe that choice, flexibility and progression are key elements of our curriculum offer as we support, challenge and inspire our students to achieve their potential.

Our Curriculum Intent and Drivers

Curriculum Intent Slides

A broad, balanced, varied curriculum.

At New Forest Academy we believe that a curriculum is not just the timetable that students receive but the way in which we want our learners to flourish. We believe there are key ingredients for success to be embedded into our broad, balanced and varied curriculum. These are: Challenge; Choice, Creativity and Collaboration.

Students also follow a comprehensive Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW) programme. Students use 100 minutes across the week effectively, following a bespoke age-related programme to educate themselves on wide range of global issues and risks. This takes place every morning during the tutor period, following a range of themes and topics on a local and global level. Whole school assemblies are held weekly and often presented by professionals and visitor specialists. Retrospectively, students embed their learning in a variety of means to consolidate their learning of the weekly topic. This is achieved through the use of videos, discussions and other interactive materials and resources. The objective of the programme is to allow students to make informed decisions in society, understanding the risks that they pose, whilst developing skills and attributes to be successful learners.

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, students will continue to study subjects required by the National Curriculum, but follow a guided choices process to enable students to follow the most suitable route for their own individual needs. The GCSE courses currently offered are:

  • English

  • English Literature

  • Mathematics

  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and combined)

Students are able to choose from the following list of subjects: French, Art, Catering , Geography, History, iMedia, 3D Design, Photography, Computer Science BTEC Sport, BTEC Health and Social Care, Drama and Dance.

Please see details of our most up to date curriculum offer for key stage 4.

Through both Key Stages specialist support is given to students with learning difficulties.

Key Stage 3

Consistent with the requirements of the National Curriculum students in Year 7, 8 and 9 study: English; Mathematics; Science; French; Geography; History; Beliefs, Ethics and Values; Physical Education; Art; Technology; Drama; Music and Computer Studies.

To View our 5 year curriculum map overview please follow the links below:

For more detail on the topics each curriculum area follows please click here (coming soon).

At New Forest Academy we ensure that homework set is meaningful and purposeful which is linked to your child's lessons. There is no prescribed timetable but we would expect core homework to be set weekly and other subjects where relevant. This could include many longer topic based work. Please see our Learning and teaching page to see how homework may be marked, assessed or fed back on.