Student Council Convene

Our student council held their first meeting of the year with representatives from every year group (excluding Year 7 and 12 who will have their own representatives elected soon) and lead by our head students in Year 13. This was a chance for them to discuss issues important to our pupils with our school leaders, including our new Headteacher, Mrs Maw. The main topic of discussion this morning was ideas on how to further improve our school yard and communal areas to make them more comfortable and enjoyable spaces for our students. Our insightful council had some fantastic ideas and we’re looking forward to working with them further throughout the year.

Achieving Sixth Formers

Congratulations to Year 13 drama students who won the music & performing arts award as part of the Sunderland Young Achievers Award for their performance showcasing the issues of gender based violence in the community. The students conducted themselves with maturity and skill, both presenting an entertaining performance and addressing poignant issues for adults and children, young and old in our local area and school. Well done!

Welcoming Praise

We were delighted to receive a lovely bouquet of flowers this week from an appreciative parent to one of our new Sixth Form starters. Mrs Keeley had this to say about her daughter’s experience starting with us:

“My daughter’s previous sixth form took her place off her due to ill health, we approached Southmoor sixth form for her to start Year 13 and the whole experience from start to finish was amazing. You instantly get a sense of acceptance and that you matter and everyone is so friendly and can’t do enough to help.

Every staff member involved with the process I can not praise them highly enough and the atmosphere in the sixth form is one of belonging to a family. As an education setting I highly recommend them and I certainly could not fault anything.”

We pride ourselves highly on putting our students first, so to receive recognition such as this really helpsus feel good about the things we do to support our students.

Getting to Know Year 12

We spent our first week getting to know our new Year 12 students, fully inducting them into Sixth Form, introducing them to their first lessons in their new subjects and of course…having some fun! We hope our new sixth formers have enjoyed their first few days and we look forward to seeing more from them throughout the year.

Jeans for Genes 2021

This Friday we will be once again jumping into our denim in support of the national charitable initiative ‘Jeans for Genes Day’. The organisation helps disorder-specific charities and patient groups to deliver inspiring projects and support services for children affected by a genetic disorder in the UK. Students may make any monetary contribution they wish to wear their jeans and any type of footwear for the day. Students are still required to wear the correct full uniform (including a school tie and blazer) from the waist upwards. All other uniform requirements regarding jewellery and make-up etc, still apply.

Young Achievers Award 2021

We are once again delighted to report that Southmoor students have once again impressed  with another successful night at the Sunderland Young Achievers Awards. Our passionated students picked up the following awards and commendations which took place at the start of Summer.

Sport (14-20 years)  Ethan Brown – Highly Commended

Music and Performing Arts (Group)  Southmoor Academy Year 13 Drama Students – Winner

Volunteer (14-20 years)   John Brown – Winner

Matilda Barry – Highly Commended

Well done to you all!