The school is broken into three phases, enabling us to tailor all aspects of our curriculum and enrichment; Transition (Years 7 and 8), Pathways (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13).
Transition from Primary school into Secondary school is extremely important here at Southgate School. It is such a fundamental aspect of making students successful, independent and enthusiastic learners throughout their school life. The happiness of our students is of paramount importance and we pay particular attention to how students settle in and enjoy their Transition period between Years 7 and 8.
Students are inducted through a very structured process. They have their own facilities – playground, common room and separate lunchtimes at different times to the older students.
Students are empowered through the skills they learn in Transition to build on their success and develop their confidence. Our Sixth Form students provide leadership to our younger students through a very successful peer mentoring scheme.
The curriculum offered is balanced and challenging, and is taught in a number of interactive and engaging styles underpinned by robust tracking and monitoring. We run extensive programmes for Gifted and Talented students, Study Support Sessions and Homework Clubs.
Our Transition work is widely recognised as being of the highest quality and a model for other schools as referenced by Ofsted. We value our partnership approach to Transition with both students and parents, pupils settle in to school life quickly and they rapidly make excellent progress.