Curriculum Intent, implementation and Impact 2020 onwards:

North Durham Academy’s core values of inclusion, progression, and excellence are at the heart of our curriculum intent; it is firmly designed with the intention of putting every student first. The Academy fosters a culture of aspiration in which all students aim to achieve their full potential both in academic excellence, and beyond, by providing a diverse curriculum that allows students to deepen their knowledge and broaden their cultural capital. We aim to create an inclusive environment where all students have access to a curriculum that empowers them with knowledge and experiences over a five-year fluid curriculum.

We embrace a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of starting points. As a result, students leave our school equipped and fully prepared for the next stage of their education and the world of work. We are determined that our curriculum enables creativity, emotional resilience and responsibility as a British citizen to ensure all are able to play a positive role in society.

We aim to have a curriculum that:

•  Provides a broad and balanced offer that is bespoke to individual student need and  accessible to all

• Promotes independence and resilience

• Creates a culture of aspiration and success

• Allows students to deepen their subject knowledge in a full range of subjects and skills

• Increases their employability skills for the context of the North of England and beyond

• Encourages outward looking students

The aim of the curriculum is rooted in the understanding that knowledge and skills are essential for equipping students for later life. Therefore, we will enable all students to achieve outcomes that match or exceed their potential through accessible, knowledge rich and enjoyable learning experiences.   

Over a five-year period, every student will have the opportunity to experience a broad and balanced, knowledge, skill and experiential based curriculum. The subject curriculum will incorporate, and be enhanced by, enrichment and cultural opportunities that will develop a love of learning and intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom.   

Our curriculum is also organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and to be successful in their learning so that they can be:

• Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.

• Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

• Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

Our LIFE lessons, Enrichment Programme and Tutor Programme are designed to ensure that students:

• Are confident resilient individuals

• Continue to develop their literacy, digital and numeracy skill

• Understand the importance of the rule of law and the justice system

• Understand the democracy and political system in the United Kingdom

• Develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering and other forms of responsibility that they will take with them into adult life.

• Are well equipped to think critically and debate various issues

• Are taught how to manage their money on a day-to day basis and plan for future financial needs

• Understand and respect individual liberties

• Understand a range of different religions and have a tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs

• Have appropriate sex and relationship guidance.

The Curriculum plan and model for 2020 onwards:

Provision is in place to ensure that all students have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects. The pathways that students can follow cover an extensive range of subjects in the arts (art, photography, drama, music, dance), technologies (resistant materials, graphics, food, engineering, motor vehicle maintenance, ICT and computing), MFL (Spanish), geography and history and Life (SRE, RE, Citizenship, Careers, SMSC and British Values).

Medium -term plans are in line with the national curriculum, planned coherently and sequentially and take account of prior learning with an aim that students build continuously on previously acquired knowledge and vocabulary; this enables students to know more and remember more. 

Our curriculum is regularly reviewed and adjusted to ensure the learning needs of each student are fully met. 


Our priority will always be to maximise students’ chances at achieving standard and strong passes in English and maths to secure future life chances. Selection of subjects in Year 9 will be guided choices and our model enables flexibility in Year 11 to experience new subjects or consolidate learning in current and new subjects.