North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

Learning & Curriculum

Here you will find details of the school's curriculum, content and approach, by academic year and by subject including details of GCSE options and other qualifications offered at Key Stage 4.

The curriculum at North Shore Academy is an extended curriculum which is personalised to meet the needs of all learners. Flexibility in the curriculum allows for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of both individuals and groups of students as they progress through our Academy.

Our aims are that:

  • All students have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports learning
  • A strong core curriculum ensures that basic skills are embedded so that students are able to access the wider curriculum
  • An extended curriculum ensures all students have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment
  • The curriculum is personalised and inclusive and meets the needs of individual students at every Key Stage

Key Stage 3:


In Year 7 students study English, Maths, Science, MFL, History, Geography, RE/Citizenship, PSHE, Art, D&T, IT and PE.

In Year 8 students study English, Maths, Science, MFL, History, Geography, RE/Citizenship, PSHE, Art, D&T, IT and PE.

Students are involved in literacy programmes such as Accelerated Reading and Sound Training.

With a focus on personalisation within our curriculum, students will undertake differing amounts of each subject in order to meet their ever changing needs and help them to maximise their progress whilst in the Academy.

Key Stage 4:


In Years 9, 10 and 11 students study GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Maths, GCSE Science, GCSE RE, GCSE Geography or GCSE History and BTEC PE plus a combination of other subjects dependent upon the personalised pathway which they have taken.

Pathway subjects include GCSE French, GCSE Computing, European Computer Driving Licence (ICT), GCSE Food, BTEC Construction, BTEC Performing Arts, GCSE Art, GCSE Textiles, and GCSE Film Studies.

Our curriculum offer for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is continually under review to ensure that we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to meet the needs of each student.

New Progress 8 Performance Measure Explained Leaflet

Guided Pathways 2017 Options Booklet (Year 8 into Year 9)