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Our students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which: 

  • Ensures students are supported in achieving the best possible outcomes for them. 
  • Encourages students to participate in a wide variety of activities that help to widen their experiences. 
  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students.  
  • Prepares students at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 

We deliver outstanding teaching and learning in this wonderful environment, where students develop the ability to be resilient, resourceful, reflective individuals who work collaboratively to reach their full potential and who are equipped with the skills, knowledge and qualities needed for success in the rapidly changing world that they live in.

Every subject benefits from specialist rooms and resources which enhance the fantastic learning experience. Subjects are grouped into 3 faculties according to common areas of knowledge and understanding. Each faculty is led by a senior member of staff who ensures consistently high standards and facilitates the sharing of ideas about teaching, learning and our student’s progress. 

  • Core Faculty – Maths, English,  Media and Science 
  • Humanities Faculty – Geography, History, Religious Education, Social Sciences, Business Studies and Modern Foreign Languages 
  • Performance Faculty – Art (Fine Art, Photography and Textiles), Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Physical Education, Dance and Music

Individual Education Needs (IEN)

All students, across the ability range, have individual learning needs, and one of the main tasks of NLS teachers is to try to differentiate between the needs of individual students and to try to respond appropriately as a teacher to each student through high quality wave one teaching.  Where appropriate additional classroom support is provided by teaching assistants, who work closely with the teacher to meet student needs. Priority for such support is given to those students on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Register of the school. All of our teaching assistants receive In-Service Training to enable them to support the specific needs of our students. 
By negotiation with parents/carers, some students will be withdrawn from class to work in the Learning Support Room, where they will be supported individually or in a small groups. Alongside the support given in class and in the Learning Support Room, students may be invited to take part in our Numeracy and Literacy Intervention Programmes, which run throughout the school year. Staff in the Learning Support Room also support students who have other needs such as mobility/health problems, EAL and the school has ready access to the Local Authority’s Early Intervention Service (EIS) for further assistance and specialist back-up.  
 All students are grouped by ability in English and Maths from the start of Year 7, and the school ensures additional support for the group of students eligible for the Year 7 catchup funding as appropriate.  

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact us at

View information on our sixth form curriculum 


Student experience is enriched by a whole host of extra-curricular activities and clubs for students of all abilities. As well as clubs in subjects such as Science, Maths, Drama and Computer Science we also offer a wide range of opportunities to take part in sports and arts based activities.

We have a wealth of dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced staff who run regular trips and excursions, providing wonderful opportunities for memorable learning experiences. 

Please view our current extra-curricular activities for Autumn Term 2021.

Enrichment and Wider Curriculum

We offer our students a range of other learning opportunities throughout their time at NLS such as school trips, workshops and performance events etc.  Please view the enrichment and wider curriculum offer for 2021-22.