Academic Overview

At North Bridge House Canonbury, we have created a broad and varied curriculum that prepares students for the shifting global job market. Specialist options complement the balanced range of core subjects for every year group, so that from the outset of their senior education, students have the opportunity to pursue sought after fields of interest.

Students refine their curriculum choices as they progress through GCSE and A-Level to allow for greater specialism and depth of study.  Together with two weekly enrichment sessions, the curriculum at North Bridge House Canonbury targets life skills and personal development as well as academic achievement.

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

As of September 2017, pupils aged 11+ will study:

English, Drama

Mathematics, Science,

History, Geography,

French / Spanish,

Latin / Mandarin,

Art, Music,


PSHE and PE.


Key Stage 3: Pre-GCSE

In Year 9 (age 13+), all pupils study:


Maths, Science,


at least one language,

at least one humanity,

at least one creative subject,

plus two more options.

Subject options include: 

French / Spanish / Mandarin / Latin

Art / Drama / Music

Geography / History


Key Stage 4 – GCSE

In Years 10 and 11 (ages 14-16), pupils select three GCSE subjects of their choice to study alongside the compulsory subjects of English, Maths and Science. They also have compulsory weekly Enrichment, P.E. and PSHE sessions but are not examined in these subjects, unless they have selected P.E. as one of their three GCSE options.

Compulsory GCSE subjectsNon – compulsory GCSE subjectsCompulsory non-GCSE subjects
English Lit. & LangEnrichment
Maths+Choice of 3 subjects+P.E.*
Double/Triple SciencePSHE

* P.E. is offered as both a GCSE and non-GCSE subject. All students do one afternoon of non-examined P.E. a week. Students can also choose to study GCSE P.E. in addition to this.


NBH Canonbury GCSE Options

Students select three subjects to study from the following list:



In Years 12 and 13 (ages 16-18), students typically study 3 or 4 subjects depending on their GCSE results and / or ability.

They can choose from*:

English Literature, Latin,

French, Spanish, Mandarin

Maths, Further Maths, Economics

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

History, Geography,

Psychology, Media Studies

Government and Politics,

Art, Photography,

Extended Project Qualification.


*Courses may vary in availability each year depending on uptake.