Academic

Senior School Curriculum

“The curriculum is outstanding and it successfully achieves the school’s aims to foster a love for learning and an independent spirit of enquiry” School Inspection Service 2015

The purpose of the inspirational and dedicated specialist subject teaching at North Bridge House Senior School is to enable all pupils to:

  • Develop enquiring minds and actively relish and sustain a life-long love of learning.
  • Become knowledgeable, exploring concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Think, exercising initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively, making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicate, understanding and expressing ideas and information confidently and creatively.
  • Attain and strive to exceed their academic potential.

As part of the North Bridge House ethos, we aim to provide a well-rounded academic education that allows our pupils to become independent, lifelong learners, who are able to fully contribute to and make informed decisions within society. Our vision is for pupils to be able to pursue their personal academic interests through a relevant, engaging and appropriately challenging curriculum. Ultimately, we want our pupils to leave with the very best skills and achievements so that they are fully prepared for higher education.

We take into account the ability of every pupil, ensuring that the curriculum is personalised to their strengths and weaknesses. A timetabled weekly enrichment programme also provides extra-curricular opportunities for all pupils to explore personal interests within and beyond the curriculum.

All classes are taught by dedicated secondary subject specialists, with a focus on differentiation and a variety of inspiring teaching approaches.

 

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, all pupils study:

English (including a reading lesson), Latin,

Modern Foreign Languages (French in Year 7 and German/Spanish in Year 8 and Year 9),

Maths and Mental Maths, Science

History, Geography,

Art, Design Technology, I.T.,

Music, Drama,

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and P.E.

 

In addition:

  • Year 7 pupils take part in a weekly Choir session.
  • Year 8 pupils take part in a weekly Musical Theatre Session.

 

Key Stage 4 – GCSE

In Years 10 and 11, pupils take:

English and English Literature; French, German or Spanish;

Maths and Double Science GCSEs (Core Science and Additional Science).

 

Pupils also choose three more subjects from:

Further Additional Science (Triple Science),

French, German, Spanish, Latin,

Classics, History, Geography,

Design Technology: Food and Nutrition, Design Technology: Resistant Materials, Textiles

Art, Photography, Media Studies,

Computer Science, Information Technology,

Drama, Music, P.E.

Sport and Exercise

All year groups participate in weekly sport and exercise. A wide variety of sports are on offer using local community providers, as well as our indoor state-of-the-art Sports Hall. Students with a natural interest and ability in sport are actively encouraged to join extra-curricular teams school competitions, such as, Football, Tennis and Netball Tournaments and Camden and London Schools Athletics.