We are an exciting and vibrant school in the heart of Islington. After the amalgamation of two primary schools (Charles Lamb and Ecclesbourne) The New North Academy was born.
We boast really fantastic facilities, including a purpose-built dance studio, sports and drama halls, equipped with professional sound and lighting, and a building that provides lots of space and light to support learning and working.
Our Early Years setting is designed to encourage exploration, discovery and physical development in a natural, homely space and in recent years we have further developed our large outdoor spaces to reflect the same approach.
We are very aware that our children have limited access to green spaces, and parents too have voiced concerns around the safety of some of the local spaces, so we have worked really hard to create natural, green spaces here at New North. We are delighted to have partnered with some amazing charities who will be helping support our vision by funding a woodland classroom space in the playground this year!
Our school is a stimulating place to learn, with an enthusiastic, committed and caring team of professionals.
At New North, we are passionate about what our children CAN do, and our curriculum is built around ensuring children become: Literate and numerate; Ready, responsible and resilient learners; and Well-rounded and socially responsible.
Our school approach and ethos is built on four key values - Respect, Responsibility, Fairness and Integrity - which we aim to ‘live by’ in all that we do. Every member of our school team embraces the huge responsibility of preparing your child for a world we can only imagine, so that they can contribute to the world around them as successful, enquiring and confident individuals.
We want our children to be high achievers; to have a thirst for learning and motivation; to explore the world around them, but also to be fantastic citizens and kind, thoughtful, giving members of our local community.
Our School Day
At the New North Academy the school day begins at 8.40am when the gates to the playground are opened to welcome our children for the day. The doors to the building open at 8.45am, allowing children in to classrooms to be met by their class teachers. These 15 minutes before registration gives the children the opportunity to get themselves organised and prepare for the day ahead. They will also join in an interesting ‘welcome’ activity to get everyone ready and focused to learn.
At 9.00am the gates and doors close in time for a prompt registration.
The timetables below show a typical day for each key stage. These will change from time to time, allowing for the flexibility needed in the exciting and varied life of a primary school.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)
The morning lasts between 9.00am and 12.30pm, with a playtime between 10.45am and 11.00am. During the morning the children learn English, (which will include reading), maths, and one other subject. This varies depending on the day and the current topic for each year group. This will include religious education.
Lunch is between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.
The afternoon sessions are between 1.15pm and 3.10pm.
The children in Years 4, 5 and 6 share an exciting timetable throughout the week. Each afternoon is split in to two separate sessions and each class has the opportunity to learn in a different learning space, with teachers leading in different curriculum areas. Currently these are: Science, history/ geography, Spanish, ICT, music, art, P.E. and P.S.H.E. Our children in Year 3 also have the opportunity to learn these subjects within the comfort of their own classroom and with their own class teacher.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 – 2)
The morning lasts between 9.00am and 11.45am, with a playtime between 10.15am and 10.30am. During the morning the children learn English, (which will include phonics and reading), mathematics and one other subject. As with key stage 2, this will vary depending on the current topic and will also include religious education.
Lunch is between 11.45am and 12.30pm.
The afternoon sessions are between 12.30pm and 3.10pm. During this time the children will learn about all areas of the curriculum including science, history/ geography, art, D/T, P.E. and games, P.S.H.E, I.CT and music.
Early Years Foundation Stage (Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2)
The morning lasts between 9.00am and 11.45am. During this time the children experience and wide range of interesting and stimulating activities and experiences, which take place in both the inside and outside learning spaces.
Lunch begins at 11.45am. The reception class go for lunch in the hall at 11.45am and the nursery has lunch in their own classes. The afternoon lasts between 12.30pm and 3.15pm with further activities and experiences.
After School Enrichment Activities
For many of our children and families, the day does not finish here. The school runs a wide range of activities throughout the week, both after school and at lunchtimes, designed to capture children’s imaginations, offer wider opportunities and enable them to pursue their own particular learning passions. The majority of Afterschool Enrichment Activities run between 3.10pm and 4.15pm, but this can depend on the activity being delivered.