A Message from the Team

Welcome to the Sixth Form at Southmoor Academy. We recognise that taking the next steps from GCSE in to post -16 education can be both incredibly exciting and also very daunting. At our sixth form, we believe in fostering an inclusive and supportive community, that enables students to achieve academically, while also developing them as individuals who are fully prepared for their future destinations. We have a range of A level and vocational courses that run alongside our exceptional pastoral and progression support , to equip all of our students with the skills, knowledge and experiences necessary for success in the ever-changing world. 

We welcome visits from prospective students and encourage you to come and speak to our staff and see what makes us an excellent choice for your post-16 education.

Mrs K Draper, Director of the Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form Team

Mr Wright was the founding Director of our Sixth Form and has since gone on to become Head of School at Southmoor Academy, Mr Wright is a Oxford graduate with a degree in English Literature and often teaches Literature in our sixth form as well as sharing his valuable insight as part of our leadership team.

Mrs Teasdale is a Cambridge graduate with a background in Natural Sciences. She is perfectly placed to manage our students’ progression throughout the UCAS process supporting each individual throughout this demanding development in their educational advancement.

Ms Zakaidze is part of our dedicated pastoral team there to support our students throughout their everyday life as a sixth form students. As a non-teaching member of staff  she acts in a head of year capacity for either Year 12 or 13, available at all points throughout the day to assist with whatever help may be required.

With a first class degree in History at Durham, a Masters in Education, straight As at A Level and experience with Support progression and the Sutton Trust, Miss porter leads our oxNet programme across the north East as well as supporting our students with their aspirations and applications to their desired destination.



Miss Penman monitors attendance and administers bursaries for students of financial support to ensure that there are no barriers to learning for anyone within the Sixth Form environment. she is also responsible for processing applications into The Sixth Form.

Our Sixth Form Subject Leaders
Our curriculum is practiced by an experience team of teaching professionals ready to help you take your understanding of a particular subject to the next level. Below you will find the list of our sixth form subject leaders who in most cases will be your primary point of contact and learning for any given subject.
SubjectKS5 Subject leader
BiologyMrs Maven
Business and Computer ScienceMrs O’Brien
ChemistryMiss Bainbridge
Performing ArtsMrs Green
EngineeringMiss Chester
English LanguageMr Carney
English LiteratureMr Anderson
Environmental ScienceMr Middelton
Film and Media StudiesMr McBain
MFLMiss Moran
Fine Art and PhotographyMiss McHugh
GeographyMrs Stewart
Health and Social CareMiss Machowiecka
History and LawMr Buchan
MathematicsMr Temple
PhysicsMrs Draper
PsychologyMrs Dias
SociologyMiss Gordon
SportMr Scott