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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 ourcurriculum 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 Academy’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


The KS3 curriculum is designed to give 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.All students follow the appropriate National curriculum programmes of study plus a differentiated language element of either a second MFL or enhanced literacy and numeracy focus. The subjects studied are English (including dedicated library lessons to develop a love of reading), Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French or Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Computing, Music, Art, Technology (including DT, Food Technology and Textiles), PE, PSHSE, Citizenship and Philosophy & Ethics.

Whilst our curriculum remains broad and balanced throughout year 9 with students continuing to study all National Curriculum subjects, at the end of year 8, they are guided to choose 4 subjects in greater depth. These courses are crucial for laying strong foundations and developing the necessary skills for success at GCSE.                   

One of these choices is for a 2 year accredited course in Ethics & Philosophy, I Media, Childcare, Health & Fitness or Travel & Tourism. 

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 year 11


In KS4 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 provision is based at Gosforth Academy

Enhancement Curriculum

In addition to the formal curriculum, we have devoted 2 periods to curriculum enhancement.

In years 7 and 8, students opt from a range of extra-curricular activities during this time.  Examples of courses are: Bake Off; Choir; Journalism; Upcycling; Sports Leaders.

In years 9 and 10, students use this time to support their 2 year accredited course. Following completion of the course in the summer of year 10, students follow the KS4 Ethics & Philosophy curriculum.

In year 11, there is a programme of activities designed to support students in every way with the next steps of their learning journey.