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Curriculum Overview

The North Gosforth Academy Curriculum is knowledge-rich, providing depth and breadth to our students' learning experience. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students and of society and prepares our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 

At the heart of our curriculum is our RICH ethos. Through all areas of the curriculum, we aim to guide students to be:

Resilient – demonstrating resourcefulness, perseverance and a readiness to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world with confidence, energy and enthusiasm;

Industrious – demonstrating high aspirations, a commitment to excellence and a strong work ethic;

Curious – demonstrating a lifelong love of learning and discovery;

Honourable – demonstrating fundamental British values of mutual respect, tolerance, compassion and the rule of law.

The curriculum includes:

  • opportunities for students to acquire and develop skills in speaking and listening, literacy, numeracy and ICT;
  • personal, social, health and citizenship education, reflecting the School's aims and ethos; this includes an emphasis on community cohesion and British Values
  • spiritual, moral and religious education;
  • appropriate IAG (careers guidance);
  • appropriate programmes of study and support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities;
  • enterprise and vocational education.

Subjects Offered

KS3

The KS3 curriculum is designed to give Y7 & 8 students a challenging and stimulating beginning to their secondary education.  The curriculum builds upon skills and knowledge gained in KS2 ensuring continuity and progression in transition from primary school.

KS4

In KS4 (Y9 – 11) students have the opportunity to study for a range of Level 1 and 2 qualifications. All students study for GCSEs in English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, as well as Core PE, Ethics & Philosophy and PSHCE, and can choose option subjects from a broad range of additional Level 2 option courses.        

KS5

KS5 provision is based at Gosforth Academy with the exception of the VTCT Beauty Therapy course

Option Systems

At the end of Key Stage 3 (Summer Term of Year 8) students are guided to choose 4 option subjects appropriate to their abilities and interests from a range on offer at Key Stage 4.

In addition, students also choose a one year option that is studied in Year 9 only and then assessed and certified at the end of the year. The key principles here are that students:

  • experience success and enjoyment on an intensive, accredited course
  • develop skills that help them prepare for them for the demands of KS4                             

Enhancement Curriculum

In addition to the formal curriculum, students have the opportunity to pursue interest courses in their fortnightly enhancement period.  They choose from a wide range of activities such as: sports leadership; upcycling; ‘bake off’ and many more.