Newport Girls' High School

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16-19 Curriculum

Post 16 study at Newport Girls’ High School is designed to provide all students with a structured and challenging individualised study programme, which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals. All students are expected to undertake a full time study programme including at least 3 full A Level courses. Additionally,  students have the opportunity to take either an Extended Project Qualification, a further A level (usually Further Mathematics) or AS PE. Whilst the A level courses studied represent a substantive part of the study programme, all students have access to an abundance of enrichment activities, including:

Careers and Higher Education

  • Throughout Year 12 and 13 we offer a range of individualised support for student applications through UCAS. We offer advice about course analysis, visiting and choosing Universities, support for Personal Statements in addition to a reference written by an experienced team of staff. Apprenticeship applications are also supported and interview preparation is provided for all, both within class and individually.
  • We offer an individualised, specialised package of support to students applying for courses with additional application demands e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Oxbridge, Law,Nursing, Physiotherapy and Education courses.
  • We have a number of pre-agreed, long term, regular placements with local NHS facilities. This provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn about medical careers in a depth that will place our students in an excellent position for a range of medical careers.
  • We offer a range of careers events throughout the year and the opportunity for individual, independent careers meetings if required.
  • We have established links via our A level subjects with Harper Adams University, University of Birmingham, Aston University, Warwick University, Keele University, University of Southampton and Wolverhampton University. These facilitate visiting lecturers, student conferences, masterclasses and the Gold Crest Award.
  • We have regular meetings to support students with their applications in both medicine (Medsoc) and law (Law society).

Personal Skills Development

  • Students are supported to take additional qualifications such as LAMDA, Gold Crest, Gold Arts Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh.
  • Sixth formers are encouraged to mentor other students both within our school and in local ones. All subjects have subject ambassadors who will offer support and advice where needed.
  • Those who have not participated in the National Citizen Scheme during Year 11 are encouraged to do so in year 12. As a result many have gone on to become leaders in subsequent years, representing the West Midlands NCS nationally and internationally. As a result we have become a Champion school.
  • We offer school and house leadership roles which provide students with the chance to enhance their employability skills.

 Enrichment Programme

  • All year 12 students are enrolled on a bespoke weekly programme that initially focuses on developing a successful A level mindset and skills required to be a successful independent learner. Further modules include personal financial education, stress management and digital literacy skills. This course then turns its focus towards year 13 issues and incorporates some of the taught sessions for EPQ which build Higher education skills and also building personal statements and CV content.
  • As part of the induction programme all of year 12 get the opportunity to go to Liverpool for the weekend with their peers. The weekend is awash with cultural experiences in addition to the friendships they develop.
  • Tutor time is used in order provide additional opportunities and discuss current affairs.
  • A range of clubs are available for students ranging from Punch to Debating Society, from netball to animation.
  • A Health Day is included in the year 13 curriculum to promote healthy living for life
  • A wide range of trips, both national and international, are available to broaden student experiences.