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This is the curriculum overview from the July 2014 Parental Handbook.
You can also view our Neale-Wade Curriculum documentation.

Year 7 - Students are set in classes according to ability in English and Maths.  In all other subjects students are set in broadly mixed ability sets.  Other subjects studied are Music, Drama, Art, Foreign Languages, DT, PE, Geography, PSHE, History, Religious Studies, Science and Computing.

Year 8 & 9 - Students are set in classes according to ability in English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, PSHE, RE, Languages, DT and PE.  Students are grouped in broadly mixed ability classes in Art, Drama, Computing and Music.

Where appropriate some movement between sets may occur depending on individual student progress and circumstances.

Year 10 & 11 – Core Subjects

Students are allocated to one of two half year groups (Neales or Wades) and all study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and PE.

Students also follow one of two pathways and study the types of subjects as below:

1) Traditional Pathway – Students study a language and either Geography or History as well as two  other GCSE subjects.

2) Mixed Pathway – Students study either a language or a humanities subject, a vocational course and  two other GCSEs.

PSHE at Key Stage 4 is delivered through a series of collapsed conference days studying topics such as Healthy Living, Post 16 Choices and Careers and Citizenship. If you have any queries about sex and relationship education, then please contact Mrs Cutchey at


Key Stage 5:

Year 12 & 13 - Students choose subjects from one of three pathways dependent on their GCSE grades:

1) Traditional Pathway – Students study 4 AS levels in Year 12 and 3 A2 levels in Year 13.

2) Vocational Level Pathway – Students study a combination of vocational Level 3 courses and AS Levels in Year 12 and 13.

3) Vocational Level 2 Pathway – Students study a Level 2 vocational subject as well as GCSE Maths and English.  They also complete a work skills course.


The Academy has a dedicated exams office that co-ordinates coursework and examination dates.

Students receive personalised exam timetables in advance and regular updates on the exams notice board.  It is strongly recommended that students get into the habit of regularly checking the board for confirmation of times, rooms and seating plans as these are subject to change at any time.

If you feel your child needs any special considerations or support when taking their exams please contact Ms Bennett in the exams office for further information at

Post 16 Education:

At Neale-Wade we offer a wide range of traditional A Levels and Vocational Level 3 courses plus a limited number of Level 2 qualifications.  We have a purpose built centre comprising of a common room with kitchen area and new, indoor and outdoor, private study facilities with wireless capabilities. Neale-Wade students complete enrichment lessons; these can be selected from a range of qualifications and activities and aim to widen students’ education and experiences.

Neale-Wade has an active Post 16 Council that is peer elected and organises and promotes a large number of social and charity events during the year.  These range from sporting activities and theatre trips to dressing up days and selling remembrance poppies.