Netherhall Learning Campus High
Netherhall Learning Campus offers a unique learning experience that allows students to maximise their potential following a choice of progression routes and accredited courses. Crucially, the development of the Studio school, opening in 2010, will be of particular interest to those with strengths in the Arts or who see their future in the fields of Creative and Media or Enterprise.
Your choice of school is probably one of the most significant decisions you will ever make about your child’s future. Our priority at Netherhall Learning Campus is to give your child the very best start in life.
We offer a tailored curriculum that aims to:
• challenge and inspire
• develop confidence
• ensure the highest possible standard of achievement
• present a variety of opportunities
We would all like our chldren to be successful, but above all we want them to be happy. At Netherhall Learning Campus we work hard to to ensure that our students are able to:
• express themselves clearly
• face an audience confidently
• deal with others assertively, without aggression
• conduct themselves approproately in social situations
• take an active part on the organisation and running of events in school
• contribute to and enjoy trips and visits locally and abroad
• act as ambassadors for the school
Because we are a Specialist Arts College all students have a wealth of opportunity to take an active part in the Creative, Expressive and Performance Arts. There is a rolling programme of 2 and 3D artwork on display around the building and parents are encouraged to view the wide variety of media on offer. All children get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument from steel pans to traditional brass ensembles and the samba band. Many students also enjoy voice training. Regular concerts in front of packed houses give students opportunity to showcase their skills. Drama is an integral part of the curriculum and those who show particular aptitude or enthusiasm can take part in a range of performance activities, including, of course, full scale productions.
The High School students are expected to take a lead in working with and supporting younger members of the Netherhall Learning Campus.
All students, from the play group onwards, wear the same distinctive uniform and senior pupils engage in a number of different ways with children in Key Stages 1 and 2.
This may involve such activities as:
• sports coaching programmes,
• working alongside younger ones in Arts based activities
• organising Arts and Sporting events
• ‘buddying’ or mentoring schemes
• taking part in House competitions
• contributing to the NLC schools council
• taking responsibility for younger members of the school community on the way to and from school
The school is particularly proud of its ‘Value Added’ score which tells us that on average NLC students achieve 1 whole grade above their predicted score. At Netherhall Learning Campus our aim is to ensure that all students receive the grounding to succeed in whatever path they choose.
At Key Stage 3 students receive 25 hours of subject teaching plus tutorial time. Depending on their individual level of progress, they may start working on selected GCSE syllabuses as early as the end of Year 8. They also get the opportunity to work for other qualifications such as the LAMDA grade and Artsmark awards.
At Key Stage 4 we offer a wide range of courses which includes traditional GCSEs, BTec vocational courses and the new Creative and Media Diploma. Students are helped in their studies both in and out of the classroom by specialist teaching and support staff.
Out of hours learning takes place in a local church where students can receive help with homework and areas of study they may find difficult.
The school is fortunate to be able to draw on an excellent range of business, retail and manufacturing links to provide all Year 10 students with at least two week’s work experience. Year 11 students take part in residential courses whichprovide help developing higher order subject skills, give pointers on improving exam technique, encourage team building and raise self-belief and motivation. As caring parents, we know that you want to see your children succeed at school. In an increasingly competitive world, they need to acquire vital skills and qualifications.
The Netherhall Learning Campus staff is committed to ensuring that pupils achieve at the highest levels and meet their potential. For this reason, the most academic have the opportunity to take their GCSEs in Year 10 rather than Year 11. This means that they can either add further GCSEs to their portfolio of qualifications or embark on higher level programmes of study, including AS, giving them an advantage once they start sixth form.
Taking some GCSEs early is also an option for Diploma students; the advantage to them being extra time in Year 11 to complete enterprise projects, get extended work experience and capitalise on business links. A detailed data base provides all staff with a comprehensive picture of the aptitude and potential of every pupil and students are constantly monitored to identify where their strengths and weaknesses might be.
Many of our students will opt to follow a route which takes them from school to sixth-form college and from there to university.
Other students, however, may see their future in any number of different fields. NLC also offers a range of vocational courses in such subjects as music technology, catering, graphics, photography or construction. These areas of study lead to BTec and Diploma qualifications which enable our pupils either to continue their interests at a higher level or to go straight from school into modern apprenticeships.
At Netherhall Learning Centre we are driven by the desire to ensure that our students develop the skills, abilities and personal qualities they need to succeed both at school and in later life.
Whatever path they choose to pursue, they will find a range of support, advice and development opportunities available to them, either from our own staff or through the many agencies on whose expertise the school is able to call. Many students, for example, have benefited from contact with mentors from the world of business and enterprise. These people take a personal interest in the work and progress of individual students.
Pupils who struggle with different areas of learning, receive targeted support from our dedicated Special Needs staff, while others receive help in specific subject areas from our experienced team of Teaching Assistants. Additionally, all students have access to Learning Mentors who work with them to develop understanding of key concepts and improve their overall performance by working on study skills, motivation and approaches to learning.
Netherhall Learning Campus High
Tel: 01484 22(800)1892
Fax: 01484 22(800)1894