Sep 25

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We will soon be starting our new football training partnership with coaches from Durham University. The University run a very successful football with excellent coaches being made available to our students as part of a new partnership for this year. The training is open to all ages and abilities – boys and girls – and is free of charge. Anyone interested should register with Mr. Marr or Mr. Thomson at the PE Department on Monday at 3.15pm. Pupils will need to bring their normal PE kit, football boots (if they have them) or trainers.

Year 12 and 13 have already had a taste of this excellent opportunity at their first training session. We hope to see plenty of football crazy pupils from lower school ready to do the same!

Sep 25

Building Bonds at Derwent Hill

Year 12 embarked on the traditional ‘Welcome to Sixth Form’ expedition to The Lake District. Dozens of students and staff ventured to Derwent Hill for a packed few days of camp fires, kayaking on the lake, high rope challenges and gorge walking as well as games and bonding activities. Conduct was impeccable with a great sense of camaraderie already developing amongst one of our biggest year groups ever – just what we expect from our sixth formers!

Aug 16

Yet More Success Stories for the Sixth Form at Southmoor Academy

Early analysis of our A Level results is showing some very pleasing outcomes with high levels of students achieving grades A*-C with notable successes in Biology, Geography, History, Maths, Music, Law& Psychology.


This means that we are now placing our students in some of the most prestigious institutions in the country.  Congratulations to all of those who will be leaving us for such universities as Oxford, Sheffield, Newcastle, Durham, Leeds and University of Arts in London and many more.  It is great to know that we have played our part in creating a new generation of archaeologists, nurses, research scientists, pharmacists, psychologists and lawyers!

Individual successes include: Michael Beattie who goes on to study Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Ballilol College – Oxford, Kiera Simpson who goes on to study Graphic Design at University of Arts in London and twins Elliot & Thomas Hall who are off to the acclaimed Newcastle & Leeds Universities respectively.

Over 70% of our students are going straight to University (with many of those being Russell Group Universities) with others taking up apprenticeship and employment routes, we wish them every success.


Jul 16

Final Fling for Year 13

Year 13 students gave themselves a send-off in style by enjoying their Prom in the impressive surroundings of Lumley Castle. Sixth Form staff and students enjoyed their last big get-together before those all-important results arrive in August.

Jul 16

Year 12 Activities Day

Year 12 students took the chance to have fun and unwind after a busy first year in Sixth Form. Students enjoyed their chance to have fun with a giant inflatable assault course before finishing off the day with a barbecue cooked with usual finesse by ‘Head Chef’ Mrs Gilberston. Bring on Year 13!

Jul 16

Law Abiding Students

Year 12 students visited the University of Law in Leeds where they took part in activities including exploring confessions and rights when arrested, PACE (police and criminal evidence act), writing an opening argument for the defence and they even became the defence barristers for The Bridgewater Four! They then rounded off the visit with a debate on ‘Should the UK Police be armed’.

Humayra Begum won a one-week work experience placement at Plexus (a Leeds based solicitors) and Jake Frost and Matt Liddle McGhee took the floor as keynote speakers. All students won prizes / freebies and had a fantastic day meeting barristers and practising solicitors.

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