Health and Sex Education
Ensuring that children have accurate information about their bodies, including changes at adolescence and facts about conception and childbirth is part of the National Curriculum which all schools are required to teach. We do this sensitively in Science lessons but believe that there is more to understanding human relationships than knowing the facts. All pupils are therefore taught Sex, Health and Relationship Education as part of their Citizenship Course. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from this element of the curriculum.
Language for Learning
Enabling students to have the language skills required to learn effectively is a priority at Northgate High School. We aim to ensure that our students have the ability to use both written and verbal communication so they can understand and interact confidently with the world around them.
In using the resources included in this section of the website, we hope that students will take greater responsibility for their own language development and strengthen their independent learning skills.
However, these resources are not solely for student use: many of them can be used by parents and carers to support students’ development and actively engage them in embedding the skills they learn at school.
The Music Department has a thriving extra-curricular programme led by a team of enthusiastic and specialist musicians. Every child who plays an instrument or has tuition in or outside the school is expected to attend one of the many ensembles.
The Northgate High School Concert Band meets once a week after school and performs at many community events including the Royal Norfolk Show. Musicians from our feeder schools are invited to join our ensembles during our Junior schools’ visits and any Ensemble Days running throughout the year.
Other weekly activities are String Group, GCSE Ensemble, Brass Group, and Northgate Voices. Pupils are encouraged to audition for other cross-curricular events which occur throughout the year, including the school musical production and variety shows.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Religious Education and Worship are delivered in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed at the school on request. All pupils take a GCSE examination in Philosophy and Ethics in Year 11. Regular assemblies occur which are of a broadly Christian character. When a group is not involved in morning assembly, pupils are involved in thought-promoting work based on the Theme for the Week. Parents wishing to withdraw their children from Religious Education or the devotional part of morning assembly are invited to discuss the matter with the Headteacher.