Questions most
asked by parents

What are the timings of the school day?

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday


  • 08:25-08.40 Registration

  • 08.40-09.40 Lesson 1

  • 09:40-10:40 Lesson 2

  • 10:40-11:00 Break

  • 11:00-12:00 Lesson 3

  • 12:00-13:00 Lesson 4

  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch KS3 & Yr 12

  • 13.00-13.30 Form Time  KS4 & Yr 13

  • 13.30-14.00 Form Time  KS3 & Yr 12

  • 13:30-14.00 Lunch KS4 & Year 13

  • 14:00-15:00 Lesson 5

  • 08:25-09:30 Lesson 1

  • 09:30-10:30 Lesson 2

  • 10:30-10:45 Break

  • 10:45-11:45 Lesson 3

  • 11:45-12:45 Lesson 4

  • 12:45-13:15 Lunch All Yrs

  • 13:15-14:35 Enrichment

32.5 hours per week

From September 2023 we will have the following school timings which now include movement time.


Who is my first point of contact if I want to discuss anything relating to my child with the school?

The form tutor


How is the school structured?

  • Executive Headteacher

  • Head of School

  • 1 Orbis Deputy Headteacher

  • 2 Deputy Headteachers

  • 3 Assistant Headteachers

  • Heads of Year for each year group

  • Personal tutors


Can I take my child 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. Term-time holiday 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 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 child?

The best place is the schools website. You will also get information electronically.


How are students rewarded?

Positive behaviours are acknowledged for a wide range of aspects both in and out of the classroom as shown below. We organise rewards trips at the end of the school year for the top 40-50 points scorers in each year group.


What is expected from my child at the different Key Stages of her experience at Southfield?

Please look at the curriculum area on the school website where you will find details for each subject


What differences/changes can my childr 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 does setting/streaming work at Southfield?

Students are set in year 7 based on data obtained from primary schools. These sets are then reviewed at October half term where students are moved based on internal assessments. These internal assessments take various forms including written, online and teacher judgement. Sets are then reviewed throughout the year and changes are made as required. Again, this is done based on internal assessment. There is always a set review at the end of the academic year ready for the following September.

Please be aware that students in all sets can make good progress. Progress is an individual measure for every individual child and is not the same as attainment and not linked to any other student. Therefore attainment on assessments, which can be compared to other students, is used to make set changes.


How is my child'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 progressing compared to their expected attainment. This is not linked or compared to any other student.


How does the school communicate with parents?

We use Arbor and primary carers will receive any school letters and other communications electronically via email. 

Parents can also log into the Arbor 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 child’s subject teachers.

For all the latest news the best place to go is the schools website or follow us on twitter @SouthfieldSch or our Facebook Page


What happens if the school bus is late?

If the bus is late then the girls should sign in at reception, via our Lewis Road entrance.


What is the procedure if my child is ill?

If your child is ill then parents should contact school to let them know and then provide a note on their child’s return. If we haven’t heard from parents that their child is ill then they will receive a text message or a phone call to confirm the reason for the absence.  When leaving a voicemail, 01536 513063, please state child's name, form and reason for absence,


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 Weduc payment account online. Students may bring packed lunches but these should be eaten in the canteen.