How is my daughter's progress measured at the school?
Parents receive a progress report (for some year groups this is 2) and a full report each year. The reports show how the students are doing compared to their target grades.
How is the school structured?
2 Deputy Headteachers
5 Senior Leaders
2 Progress Leaders (KS3 & KS4)
Head of 6th Form
There are 3 curriculum area:
Core Skills (includes English, Media, Business/IT, Science, Social Sciences),
Global Awareness (includes History & Politics, Geography, French, German, RS/Ethics, PSHEC),
Active and Creative (Art, Music, Dance, Design Technology. PE, Drama),
Who is my first point of contact if I want to discuss anything relating to my daughter with the school?
Her Personal Tutor (Form Tutor).
What is expected from my daughter at the different Key Stages of her experience at Southfield?
Please look for curriculum
– KS3/KS4 on the school website where you will find details for each subject
What differences/changes can my daughter expect following her move from primary education?
She will have a full timetable and will be moving around the school to her lessons and not be based in one class or area. She will have different teachers for different subjects and is likely to have an increased amount of homework, which will need to be handed in at different times. Due to her timetable she may only see her close friends during lunchtime or at breaks. Initially this may be quite stressful for her and she will need your support and encouragement as she becomes used to the new system and increased workload.
How are the girls set in their classes in year 7?
The girls are in mixed ability tutor groups for the first half term and have all their subjects in that group. After half term they are put into ability sets for most subjects. We use information for the setting from their key stage 2 results, the CATs and how they have got on in their first few weeks.
How does the Canteen work?
We now have cashless catering which makes life much easier! The students are finger scanned at the beginning of the year and parents can put money on their account online. Further information about the cashless catering system.
Students may bring packed lunches but these should be eaten in the canteen.
How does the school communicate with parents?
We now have Parentmail and once parents are signed up they will receive any school letters and other communications electronically. Personal tutors may send a note to parents using the students' planners – this is a good way for parents to send a message to tutors too.
Parents can also log into the Parent Portal. This displays progress reports along with timetables and attendance information.
There is a parents' evening every year when parents have an opportunity to meet with their daughter’s subject teachers.
We also send out a whole school newsletter 3 times a year alternating with a keystage update. For all the latest news the best place to go is the schools website or follow us on twitter @SouthfieldSch or our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SouthfieldSch/
What happens if the school bus is late?
If the bus is late then the girls should sign in at reception.
What is the procedure if my child is late for school?
For any late arrivals, all students should sign in at reception giving a reason for their lateness. If this is happening too often then personal tutors will follow up with parents.
What is the procedure if my child is ill?
If your daughter is ill then parents should contact school to let them know and then provide a note on their daughter’s return. If we haven’t heard from parents that their daughter is ill then they will receive a text message or a phone call to confirm the reason for the absence.
What should I do in the case of longer absence e.g. more than one day?
When you become aware that the absence will be for more than 2 days contact the school office giving an expected date for return.
How can I find out in advance about organised school trips on offer to my daughter?
The best place is the schools website. You will also get information electronically.
Where can I find out about clubs and extra activities on offer to my daughter? I.e. activities timetable
How is behaviour managed at Southfield?
We are very proud of the enviable reputation we have for excellent behaviour at Southfield. We have high expectations of our students and learning is supported by a clear and stepped approach to behaviour management. Find out more
How are students rewarded?
Positive Learning Mindset and Positive Community marks on the student's Positive Reward Cards can be awarded by any member of staff (at their discretion) for reasons including, but not limited to: showing evidence of independence, initiative, integrity, tolerance, team work, determination, kindness, care, helpfulness, acts of good citizenship or other positive social behaviours in and around the school site.
Can I take my daughter on holiday during term time?
For many years parents in England have had the right to remove children from school in order to take them on a family holiday or for exceptional circumstances.
This right was embedded in the The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006.
However the Coalition government is changing these regulations and is issuing the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.
These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.
The old regulations allow headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.
The Coalition Government’s amendments to the 2006 regulations removes references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days.
The amendments also make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers are required to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
For further information click here.
What are the timings of the school day?
08:25 Bell for staff and pupils to go to classrooms for registration
08:40-09:40 Lesson 1
11:00-12:00 Lesson 3
12:00-13:00 Lesson 4
13:55-14:15 Tutor time activity/Assembly
14:15-15:15 Lesson 5
Please note, from September 2018, the timings of our school day will be changing. Details of this can be found under the Parent tab of our website.
What is the uniform policy?
Our uniform will be changing from September 2018.
Our current full uniform policy can be found by clicking here.
Do I have to use a specific supplier?
Our uniform will be changing from September 2018.
Our sports kit will still be suplied by Karl Sports Clothing, follow this link to their site.
What is Accelerated Reader?
AR is one of the ways that progress in reading is supported at Southfield. It is a computer program developed by Renaissance Learning that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice. All students in Year 7 and many students in Year 8 take part in the scheme and will have lessons in the library dedicated to development of reading skills using AR.
Students using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Teachers and librarians help your daughter choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that she can pass the quiz and experience success.
Download the Parents’ Guide to AR
What is the procedure if the school closes in an emergency?
If the school needs to close due to an emergency e.g. due to heavy snow fall, the school will notify parents using ParentMail. Notices will also be placed on the school and NCC website, local radio, Twitter and Facebook.
Local staff will be in school to assist those students who still arrive. Access will be given to the telephone, toilets etc. and students will remain on the premises until safe travel is in place.
If the school closes during the school day we will use the same methods of contact making every effort to keep parents informed and safe travel arranged. If bus companies decide to collect early, all students will be sent home. Students needing to wait for parents will remain on site until travel is arranged.