Life at South
The Performing Arts are a high profile component of school life. We have a sophisticated music technology centre which complements our choirs, orchestra, dance band, brass band, string ensemble, recorder group and rock band. Intrumental tuition is offered by visiting teachers and the school runs many musical opportunities, allowing students to perform to local, regional and national audiences.
The superb facilities for performance have been put to excellent use. From productions of Romeo and Juliet to musicals such as Grease, students have performed at the highest level.
Dance groups perform at local and county festivals and we hold a 'Dance Fest' at which students perform disciplines from ballet to cheerleading.
Inter-House competition is another dynamic and exciting feature of the school and the annual Eisteddfod - which showcases over two evenings excellence in music, drama, dance and sport, with more than 500 students participating, led by highly competitive Sixth Form House Captains - has to be seen to be believed.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an integral component of the South Experience for large numbers of students. For some parents, the school's reputation in this area of our work alone has become a deciding factor in their choice of school.
Sport also plays a huge part of life at the school and the annual ski and snowboarding trips are very well supported. Sixth Form tours to Honduras, South Africa and Egypt have featured exotic habitat investigations, including suba diving, and football tours have seen our students compete with peers in Barcelona.
In our classrooms warm relationships between staff and students pervade. We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning and develop the character education of our students both in and outside of the classroom.
Our teachers aim to differentiate subject content in order to meet the needs of all learners and we are constantly developing our assessment technique in order to give our students the best possible feedback.
We expect all of our students to complete work out of school hours, regardless of ability. Our homework timetable is needs driven, where teachers give appropriate tasks to reinforce learning that has taken place in the classroom. Individual teachers will give deadlines for homework and there are sanctions in place for students who fail to complete work.
We aim to offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum where they can specialise and develop their own interests, whilst retaining a broad subject knowledge and skill base.
In Year 9, students study a wealth of subjects in order to give them a taster of some of the subjects they may want to take in Years 10 and 11. During the Spring Term, we begin discussions with students and parents to enable them to make the right choices for further study and parents are invited to attend a Key Stage 4 Personalised Pathways evening to discuss options with subject teachers.
Further information on how the curriculum is structured (e.g. time allocation per fortnight, subjects which make up the core curriculum offer and optional subjects) is detailed in the school’s Curriculum Policy (see link below) which is reviewed on an annual basis.
Year 10 & 11
Our expectation is that students ‘step up’ their work ethic and time spent studying when beginning their GCSE Pathways in Year 10 & 11.
These two years will focus on any controlled assessment or course work students may have to complete, alongside preparing them for the end of year examinations.
Student’s progress is carefully monitored throughout the academic year and we ensure that students who are fulfilling their potential are supported appropriately.
At South we want all students to achieve examinations results that they can be proud of and that reflect their true ability and work ethic.
Courses and Subjects
Further details for the courses available in Years 10 & 11 are available in the ‘Personalising Pathways’ booklet below, along with a list of the Key Stage 4 subjects available.