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Southmoor Snippets ISSUE 16 SUMMER 2017


! s s e c c u S m r o F h t x i S – S S STOP PRE I hope Snippets finds you enjoying the summer. This issue is packed with news of enriching activities enjoyed throughout the term. Successes were recognised with record numbers at our Awards Evenings and of course it was exam season! At the time of writing some excellent A Level results are just in…. Early analysis of our A Level results is showing some very pleasing outcomes with 80% of entries achieving grades A*-C and almost 1 in 4 students achieving 3 A Levels at grade A*-B! This means that we are now placing our students in some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Congratulations to all of those who will be leaving us for such universities as Cambridge, Glasgow, Durham, York and many more. It is great to know that we have played our part in creating a new generation of veterinarians, research scientists, psychologists and biomedical boffins! • Around 1 in 4 achieved 3+ A*-B • Half achieved 3+ A*-C • 79 of 84 leavers are going straight to university • One third of our leavers are going to the most prestigious universities (Russell Group)




Pupils at the Polls

DR. P Ingram

During personal development time pupils have been given a taste of political party manifestos culminating in casting their own vote. The results were a little different to the General Election but far more in line with the Sunderland South result!

Discovering Disneyland In June, due to their excellent attendance and behaviour records, over 100 Year 7 and 8 pupils embarked on the much anticipated Disneyland Paris trip. Pupils had a fantastic time exploring the parks and enjoying the attractions. The trip was such a success that plans are already underway for a similar visit next year.

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Trust Talk By Dr J W Brown, Chair of Directors Southmoor Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) has made great progress since its inception in 2015. The enormous success of our new Sixth Form has supported a real rise in student numbers within the Sixth Form and lower down the school. I am pleased to say that at a time when most schools are unable to fill every place on offer we are significantly over-subscribed in our new Year 7 intake. The Sixth Form itself continues to grow as local students from across the city take advantage of what we have to offer as the only non-faith school Sixth Form in our local area. It is a particular pleasure to note the numbers of our students who are now obtaining places at the most prestigious universities to follow some of the most sought-after careers. Lastly, at a time when a reduction to education funding has such a high media profile, parents should be reassured that through diligent management we have the means to maintain standards in the immediate future.

Presenting our Student Leaders Congratulations to our new Student Leaders of the School Council,

Poppy Butler and Lauren Green. Poppy and Lauren beat off some very tough competition from their fellow Year 13 students to be elected to the two seats available as Student Leaders. They now

prepare themselves for chairing meetings of our school council

where they will listen to the issues and ideas of their peers from the Sixth Form and lower school. The rest of our School Council positions will be filled in the new school year, so watch this space!

Awarding Success Towards the end of term we staged the first of our annual House Awards Evenings. We welcomed parents to join us in celebrating the amazing achievements of their children. The evenings were a great success and a special thank you must go to the Performing Arts Team for the amazing live music and entertainment.

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• Amazing Results Day News • Awards & Accolades • Amazing Trips Out • Transition Report • Enrichment Day 2017 • Fascinating School Visitors • Year 11 Prom • What’s Happening at the Sixth Form • Sports Spot

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Young Physicist of the Year Makes His Mark Congratulations to James Maynard of Year 12 who was nominated as Southmoor Academy’s ‘Physicist of the Year’. James attended Durham University where he was presented with this prestigious award along with students nominated from other schools in the area. As well as the presentations, the evening involved viewing exhibits by university undergraduates and a talk by Professor Carlos Frenk.

Helping Out with Health and Happiness Our school nursing team have been providing pupils with information and freebies about health and happiness. Being mindful of your own mental health and well-being is becoming more important in our busy and stressful modern world. The team encouraged pupils to be aware of these difficulties and practice the ‘five a day’ actions that can help them lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Emergency Services Day Towards the end of term we focused on careers when branches of our local public emergency services visited the school. Every pupil was given the opportunity to explore the vehicles and equipment as well as speak to professional staff from the Fire, Police and Ambulance services. They also got the chance to find out about the important work of the Police dog unit.


A Taste of Southmoor Over 200 Year 5 pupils from local feeder primary schools took part in our recent taster days. Pupils experienced lessons including Science, Music, Art, Languages and English to give an insight into life at Southmoor. The pupils had a fantastic experience – including sampling lunch in our restaurant – and were a credit to their primary schools. We look forward to greeting them again next academic year when further transition activity days have been planned.

Alumni Art Former Sixth Form student Emily Kitching has successfully completed her Art Foundation Course at Sunderland University which culminated in her work being exhibited in the foundation studios at The National Glass Centre. Emily completed her A Level in Fine Art at Southmoor last year and is now specialising in ceramic art. We wish her all the best.

Star Gazing Students Students recently had the chance to visit the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre to learn about important research into astro physics and cosmology. The visit included a tour of the facility (operated by the University of Manchester) which included the impressive Lovell Telescope which is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world!



Budding Ballerinas Southmoor pupils Sophie Lally, Beth Carney and Chloe Greenhow beat off tough competition from 250 young hopefuls to be chosen to appear in the prestigious English Youth Ballet’s production of the classic ‘Swan Lake’. Well done girls!

An Uplifting Visit In June, we welcomed the RAF to give a special presentation to Year 8 and 9. We learnt about careers available in the RAF before observing fun demonstrations on the basic principles of flight. Pupils were wowed by this very dynamic presentation that had everything from a camera drone and giant air cannon, to virtual reality and even a miniature jet engine! Thank you to our friends from the RAF for visiting us.

Displaying Pride in our School We are currently revitalising our corridors with a range of new display materials. These include our ‘Southmoor Way’ ethos, ‘British Values’ displays, an honour roll for our ‘Principal’s Awards’ and posters made up of excerpts from our Principal’s blog so that pupils and visitors are aware of the fantastic news and events that happen each week.

In Foreign Fields


Towards the end of Summer Term, budding historians visited the First World War battlefields and memorials in Northern France and Belgium. Students were able to immerse themselves into what the conditions would have been like for soldiers during the Great War. Pupils visited key places such as the memorials at Thiepval, Tyne Cot and Note Dame de Lorette. They were also able to visit trenches at battlefields at Vimy Ridge and Dixmuide. During a poignant moment, pupils paid their respects by laying personalised wreaths during the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate.

Learning About Life We once again hosted our annual Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education Drop-Down Day. The actionpacked event involved pupils participating in a range of activities tailored to their age group focusing upon health, wellbeing, relationships, staying safe, politics and finance to name but a few.



Chemistry at Work Fourteen of our Year 8 students have attended the ‘Chemistry at Work’ event at the University of Sunderland. The aim was to show alternative career options after studying Chemistry rather than just the stereotypical laboratory jobs associated with the subject. Students took part in three workshops including Psychology, Casualty Effects and Cosmetics.

Primary School Pop-In Our pastoral team accompanied by current Year 7 pupils visited primary schools to spend time with Year 6 pupils joining the Southmoor family in September. The visits were a huge success and certainly helped build the confidence of our new pupils in their transition from primary to secondary education.

Supporting Bradley On the penultimate Friday of term, our staff and pupils wore football and coloured tops in memory of local boy Bradley Lowery. Proceeds are to be donated to the worthy Bradley Lowery Foundation to help children who suffer from Neuroblastoma. Everybody at Southmoor Academy would like to wish the family and friends of Bradley the deepest condolences through this difficult time.



Prom Perfection Year 11 donned their sharpest suits and finest frocks for their end of year prom at the Stadium of Light. Guests enjoyed pop-star themed tables and props, as well as a confetti cannon count-down and an awards ceremony that culminated in the crowning of Prom King and Queen.  A fantastic evening was had by all and we look forward to seeing our Year 11 students again on results day in August.

Google Box Goggles Our Geography department welcomed the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program to promote virtual reality learning. Pupils in Years 7 to 9 experienced virtual reality learning in locations around the world including a tropical rainforest, hot desert biomes and even the Great Wall of China! Students are looking forward to more virtual reality learning experiences in the future.

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We take the time to chat with Miss Dunn, who is joining our Science Department in September after completing her teacher training placement at Southmoor.

Teacher Talk

What are your spare time interests?

What’s your favourite Artist/Band?

What is the best thing about Southmoor?

Who was your favourite teacher?

I spend a lot of time with family and friends. I am a bit of a ‘social butterfly’, therefore, you would never find me bored or doing nothing. I also like getting my nails or hair pampered, which I find very relaxing.

How open and friendly everybody is. Every day somebody welcomes me with a smile or a friendly ‘hello’. What a great way to start the day!

What’s the one thing you can’t be without?

If I’m completely honest it would have to be my phone. However, in my defence, it does include a calculator, map and other very important apps… don’t we agree?

Enrichment Day 2017 We were blessed with fabulous sunshine for our first ever Enrichment Day. As a reward for their excellent attendance and behaviour, pupils embarked on a range of trips including Flamingo Land, Gravity Force trampolining, bowling, cinema and fishing to name but a few. The fun continued in school with everything from giant inflatables to cheerleading sessions enjoyed by the pupils.

It’s got to be Little Mix! They are a guilty pleasure of mine; which reminds me – I still don’t have tickets to see them! I have been caught singing in the car to ‘Black Magic’ on many occasions.

It has got to be my old Performing Arts teacher. He was amazing! He was also my form tutor which was good, as every day he would have to put up with my exaggerated stories about utter nonsense! He also got me through my A levels when the pressure was on; and was there to witness my tears on the day I got my university acceptance letter.



A Warm Welcome Transition Days took place for new Year 12 students coming from Southmoor, Sandhill View and many other schools. Students attended two days of taster lessons, quizzes, advice from Year 13 and, of course, the all-important annual Sixth Form Sports Day Extravaganza. If there was an Olympic medal for carrying a balloon with your face, Cameron Abernethy would surely be a shoe-in for Gold! Our new Year 13 students have also headed off to the UCAS Conference to explore their options further.

A Fond Farewell We have said a final farewell to our Sixth Form leavers with a barbecue, some happy memories and some Carpool Karaoke from the Sixth Form staff. This was followed by the Leavers’ Formal at the Hilton in Gateshead where staff and students danced the night away. We wish them all the best – and look forward to results day!

A New Appointment We welcomed our newest appointment – soonto-be-Dr Katarzyna Kosior. After completing her viva and (we hope) gaining her doctorate in History, Katarzyna will be spearheading the OxNet initiative, whereby Southmoor will become the North East hub for Oxford University’s new outreach program.

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Digest Southmoor Retains the Silverware

It’s not just the brighter weather that’s lifted spirits at Southmoor this term. We became Sunderland Schools’ FA City Cup winners for the second year in a row thanks to the great coaching skills of Mr Henderson and his Year 11 boys team. Well done lads, it’s great to show the city that we have the quality to win competitions consistently.

Students on Track Students recentley took part in the Wearside Schools’ Athletics Competition at Silksworth. They all performed really well and were a credit to the school. The following students performed exceptionally well and qualified for the next round to represent Sunderland in the County Championships: Tia McKitterick - 100m, David Andrews - 800m, Brogan Brown - Javelin, Brooke Brown - Javelin, Aaron Mcgregor - Javelin. Well done to those who took part!

Super Sporting Staff Congratulations to our own Ms Murley, Attendance Manager, who has recently participated in several challenges to raise money for charity including a biplane across the Tyne, the London Marathon and the Sunderland City Half Marathon. Her team raised over £2,600 in aid of The Stroke Association, Grace House and the Royal British Legion. Well done! Congratulations also go to Mr. Anderson of our Maths department who recently took on the Total Warrior Challenge. Mr. Anderson completed a gruelling 12km assault course involving over 30 different obstacles including traversals, electric shocks and a lot of mud!

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Snippets Issue 16 summer 2017  

Southmoor Academy's termly newsletter with all latest about what's happening at the Academy and our Sixth Form.

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