North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020 North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2021

What to expect

Enabling pupils to achieve their best

Our schemes of work are broadly based on the national curriculum but as an independent school we are free from its constraints. This enables us to develop our own extension material to stimulate the enquiring mind, to include the compulsory study of a modern foreign language, and to adopt a unique, skills-based approach in Year 7.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our superb teaching facilities include a multimedia library, ICT and intranet resources, science and language laboratories, art and design studios, and specialised food technology classrooms.

Emphasis on individual development

An emphasis on individual development includes a comprehensive assessment and reporting system with regular feedback on your child’s progress. We expect pupils to take responsibility for their own academic potential by channelling their energies and managing their time effectively, supported and encouraged by our highly qualified and experienced staff.

Establishing skills

In Year 7 the curriculum is designed so that all subjects help establish essential academic skills including;
– reading in a sustained way to achieve understanding
– writing with precision to express meaning
– listening to one another and speaking eloquently
– developing practical skilfulness
– acquiring a range of social and study skills

A broad academic experience

In Years 8 and 9 the curriculum aims to provide as broad an experience of academic study as possible before students start making their own choices. Pupils study maths, English, three sciences, geography, history, religious studies, two modern foreign languages, Latin, IT, art, design technology, food technology, music and PE.

A balanced range of subjects

In Years 10 and 11 we aim to provide a broad and balanced range of GCSE subjects. The core curriculum subjects are English language; English literature; maths; biology, chemistry and physics  (leading to either a double science award or three separate GCSE subjects); a modern foreign language of the student’s choice and religious studies.

Three further optional GCSEs (or two if separate sciences are chosen) enable pupils to craft a curriculum that reflects their individual interests and strengths. Pupils can choose any combination of three subjects study from art and design, design technology (resistant materials), food technology and music; geography and history; business studies and computing; French, German, Spanish and Latin.

We review the curriculum regularly to ensure that the courses and qualifications offered are the best and most appropriate for our students, therefore the subject choices outlined may vary in future.

Our GCSE curriculum provides a firm foundation for study in the Sixth Form at GSAL, which offers an academically rigorous and diverse programme.

Why I chose GSAL

Watch the video below to see why other students decided GSAL was the best choice for them.





Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.