Visual Arts at Gosforth Academy


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, but have included the following in previous years.

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.

Engineering in Education  Scheme (EES)

EES gives students a chance to work on a real life project with a leading engineering company. This is a unique opportunity to understand how professional engineers operate and importantly, challenge students to meet the standards of success set by a leading engineering company. This is a highly competitive but very rewarding and insightful experience for all involved.

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 Scheme. We encourage all students to become involved in helping the lower school and wider community. We also offer a variety of opportunities for the budding volunteer within school.

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.

Finance Society

Very popular with students studying subjects in the business department and those looking to study or related degree at University. Lectures from a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, visits to universities for seminars and work experience offered to activity participants were all successes last year.

Medicine Society

Set up originally by successful applicants for medicine degrees at universities. The society supplements our formal support for exams and interviews by involving alumni to offer informal advice and tips.