Northolt High School: Our Curriculum

The short video below, introduced by Mr Mathews, Deputy Headteacher, explains what the intention of our curriculum is and how we have built our curriculum to match our intention. 



Our curriculum is carefully crafted to meet the needs of our students and the demands of their studies and is underpinned by three approaches:

  • Mastery
  • Interleaving
  • A clear assessment journey.

A mastery approach means that we aim for students to develop a fully comprehensive and confident understanding of knowledge and skills. Part of this involves developing students’ long-term memory so that they are able to retain and refer back to knowledge in order to make new connections and enrich their understanding. Our interleaved curriculum brings different topics together and students switch between these and revisit them at intervals throughout the year. Our clear and structured assessment calendar regularly tests students’ understanding and progress.

At Key Stage 4, students study and are examined in the following subjects: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and either History or Geography. Students also choose options subjects from the following list: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Catering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, Film Studies, French, Health and Fitness, ICT, Music, PE, Photography, Physics, 3D Design. In addition, all students study PE, PHSCE and RE as non-examinable courses.

At Key Stage 5 we offer the following courses at A Level: Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. We offer BTECs in Applied Science and Sport.

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact our Subject Leaders (for queries about individual subjects), Mr Haresnape, Senior Deputy Headteacher or Mr Mathews, Deputy Headteacher.