Curriculum



  • We aim to provide each student with a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding. We aim to develop individual personalities, and to make sure that each student develops essential social and vocational skills.
  • We aim to teach all National Curriculum subjects.
  • In English, we use a wide range of approaches to develop and extend the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. There is a period every day for silent reading and reading activities. We have introduced a reading programme ”Catch-Up” which will hopefully increase reading performance. Volunteers also come into school to hear students read. This scheme is very successful, and provides valuable support in helping to improve students’ skills.
  • In Maths, we aim to develop the skills that are needed to cope with the demands of everyday life (e.g. shopping, measuring etc). Maths is taught and practised in as many real-life situations as possible.
  • In addition to the Maths and English curriculum above the school provides additional teaching in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • A very practical approach is used in Science. We provide students with first-hand experience, through investigation and exploration of their world. We encourage students to develop greater independence and understanding.
  • In Technology all students access resistant materials and food technology at KS3 and 4. Textiles work is included at KS3. In resistant materials projects are completed in elctronics, plastic and wood. In food students learn about healthy eating, where food comes from, developing practical cookery skills important to everyday life. students achieve AQA accreditation at KS4 in food and resistant materials.
  • Information Technology is a compulsory component of the curriculum for all students. The school is very well-equipped with up-to-date computers and a growing number of interactive white boards which promotes the use of ICT as an aid to teaching. Computer technology is available in all classrooms and used in all subjects, helping students to develop a wide range of IT skills.
  • In History, we explore the recent and distant past of our locality and the world. Classroom-based work is enhanced by regular visits to important historical sites.
  • Our Geography courses develop an understanding the world in which we live. Again, we explore our own locality, and through this we show our place in the wider world. Educational visits help to deepen students' knowledge and understanding.
  • We teach French in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. We emphasise oral and activity-based work. We encourage a positive attitude to Foreign Language learning, aiming to increase self-confidence and a sense of achievement. We deliver programmes of study covering all four National Curriculum Targets. A greater emphasis is placed on speaking and listening in lessons and the use of target language is encouraged whenever possible.
  • All students take part in P.E. and Games. We develop a wide range of gymnasium skills. We offer a number of sports including football, athletics, hockey etc. We can give swimming instruction if we have your written permission. Southlands sports teams take part in a number of local and regional competitions.
  • We teach Creative Arts throughout the school. Courses cover many arts and crafts: painting, modelling, drama, music, dance etc. Again, the approach is very practical. We encourage students to discover and develop their interests, talents and skills.
  • Health Education is taught throughout the school. We occasionally arrange specialist courses which focus on particular topics, eg Drug Awareness.
  • Tutors lead sessions in Personal and Social Education. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own attitudes and behaviour. They explore issues related to a better understanding of themselves, an awareness of others, and the development of personal attributes. This includes the SEALs programme which supports the development of social and emotional understanding. Students set targets for themselves each Monday and review their progress each Friday. Citizenship is an integral part of the school curriculum and is delivered as a discrete subject in addition to its incorporation across the curriculum.

If you would like any additional information about a particular area of our curriculum please do not hesitate to contact the school.