Activities & Societies Hero


One of the main benefits of being part of such a large and vibrant Sixth Form is the opportunities that can be offered. These are there on an optional basis for students to select the opportunities that they feel they will enjoy or benefit from. The list of activities changes every year, to fit the needs of the students involved. Below are the activities/ society’s currently on offer.

World Challenge and Operation Wallacea

Each year we students participate in a World Challenge expedition to countries such as Uganda, Northern Thailand, Belize, and in 2019, Cambodia. While there, our students complete community projects such as helping to construct classrooms in orphanages. We also offer Operation Wallacea which is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions. In 2018, the Operation Wallacea locations were Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. There is an expectation that students raise the money to fund either expedition, which helps our students to be responsible and resourceful. Please note that due to Covid travel restrictions, we have not been able to launch any recent expeditions, but we are hopeful to get back up and running in 2023!

Helping and Volunteering

Here at Gosforth Academy there is a real sense of community spirit. Students’ efforts in working in the community are rewarded through our Community Award

Peer Mentoring

Every year, over 100 Sixth Form students take part in one of the mentoring schemes operating in lower school. The largest element (Peer Mentoring) involves students working with GCSE Maths, Science and English students who need assistance in reaching their target grades at GCSE. Other types of mentoring include groups with a focus on reading, effort or behaviour. In all cases, full training is provided.

Social science

Get involved with everything to do with social science! We read books, watch documentaries, and discuss topics such as the criminal mind, gender bias and the strange incidence of a man who mistook his wife for a hat! We meet on Tuesday (week A) from 13:20-13:50 in room 53.

Feminist society

The Feminist Society (FemSoc) meet once at a week at lunchtime to discuss a range of different topics in an open and friendly environment. The sessions are led by the Year 12 and 13 students, and topics have included: tribal markings, honour killings, the beauty industry and women in STEM. Everyone is welcome! Come along on a Thursday (week A) to room 53.

Islamic society

The Islamic Society is a religious society catering non-exclusively to Muslim students through a wide range of activities and events.

One of the main aims of the Islamic society is to provide Muslim students with the necessary means to develop spiritually and learn more about their religion. Through this, we aim to raise awareness of Islam, teaching non-Muslim students about Islam and dispelling misconceptions that have arisen in the current climate. We meet every Friday (week B) in room 6.

Debate club

Meets every Thursday at 1.15pm in room 065. Debate topics cover a wide range of issues from climate change, the use of genetics, drugs in sport to whether or not Britain should still have a Monarch.  Members of the debating society compete in national debating competitions, where in recent years Gosforth Academy has reached the finals.

All post 16 students are welcome to attend and there is no obligation to debate, listening is a good way to learn.