The primary focus of any school is teaching and learning. All other activities are secondary but are necessary for the whole development of a learner. There is a long tradition of academic excellence at NHS and we will continue with this mandate to deliver quality public education to all learners.

Our academic ethos encourage our students in independent thought, interest and self disciplined study, thereby promoting real academic readiness for tertiary study and life in general. It also encourages a high degree of academic self-motivation – one of the many reasons why our pupils are regular winners and finalists in academic competitions. Our pupils take part in numerous academic pursuits beyond the classroom: Maths, Science and Accounting Olympiads, various competitions and Eisteddfods are all extensions of the classroom. Pupils regularly earn places in the top few in national competitions.

Grades 8 and 9 do all 8 learning areas, the only choice being Afrikaans or isiZulu as a first additional language. Our Arts and Culture learning area focuses on the two art forms Music and Visual Arts, which a child can pursue in the FET phase (grades 10-12).

In the FET (grade 10 -12) phase, NHS offers a conventional academic education with a curriculum spanning a wide spectrum of subjects to suit individual talents and preferences. The academic standards expected are high and are reflected in the excellent achievements by our learners and teachers in the public examinations and national competitions.

Subject Choices (Grade 10 to 12)

Compulsory Subjects:

  • English Home Language (Compulsory)
  • First Additional Language (Choose one)
    • Afrikaans
    • isiZulu
  • Mathematics Courses (Choose one)
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation (Compulsory)

You must choose three subjects (Grade 10 to 12)

Subjects GET (Grades 8 & 9)

  • Social Science
  • Life Orientation
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Technology
  • English Home Language
  • First Additional  Language
    • Afrikaans
    • Isizulu
  • Creative Arts
  • EMS

NHS Top 10

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12


6 Years ago, we established the Top Ten Club (TTC) and it has become the pride & joy of Newcastle High School. Since its inception, we followed a flexible approach by adjusting and fine-tuning procedures…