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Southfields wins Gold!

Southfields Academy has been awarded by The Good Schools Guide, in their 2015 awards, for boys performance in German A Level and girls performance in Business & Economics A Level.  Southfields Academy achieved better results than any other non-selective school in England in these two areas.

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Dear Parents, Friends and Visitors.

It is with the utmost pride that we welcome you to Southfields Academy.

At Southfields Academy we are achievement focused in all aspects of academy life. We are in the top percentile of schools nationally for value-added results. We have a positive ethos with an emphasis on teaching and learning. Our curriculum is wide and varied and provides young people with remarkable opportunities to study, develop their skills and, more importantly, enjoy learning. We offer a wide range of courses. Of course, we offer the traditional academic subjects, but in addition to this we offer vocational and work-related courses that can prepare and equip our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities for their chosen careers.

We have a flourishing Sixth Form which offers a gateway to university, apprenticeships or employment / training.

In 2014 53% of our students in KS4 achieved 5+ A*-C with English and mathematics. In the 6th Form our AS and A2 results yielded improvements against every category of grades, the most improved performances across all Wandsworth secondary schools. Over 100 of our Sixth Formers left last year to commence degree courses at university.

In June 2013 Her Majesty’s Inspectors graded the school as ‘Good’ in all areas of the Ofsted framework. It particularly praised the leadership, the excellent curriculum offer and teaching and learning.

We have a number of initiatives at the academy which continue to help raise the standards of achievement of our students. We constantly review and reflect on these to strive for greater achievements for our students.

In 2011 we gained National Teaching School status (one of the first 100 in the country).

As a high performing specialist school specialising in sport and applied learning we have developed cross-curricular links which are motivational for our students and which promote pathways for career opportunities. We work closely with our cluster of primary schools to ensure a smooth transition from key stage 2 to the start of their secondary education.

Aspire@ is the community arm of the academy and we continue to work closely with our community of primary schools, secondary schools and special schools alongside adult and community learning to engage everyone in lifelong learning and an active lifestyle. In 2011 we opened the ‘nursery@aspire’ to fulfil our vision of ‘lifelong’ learning. In 2014 we celebrated the graduation of our first nursery cohort.

We have gained an Artsmark award for our excellence in Art & Design, Dance, Drama and Music and a National Healthy Schools Award for our excellent catering provision for our students.

As a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) provider we continue to train graduates from industry and P.G.C.E. students, many of whom we employ, leading us to be in the enviable position of being fully staffed in every curriculum area.
This year we are pioneering a S.C.I.T.T. centre for mathematics education.

We believe in a true partnership between all stake holders – teachers, support staff, students, parents, trustees and the wider community – to support what we want to achieve: high quality teaching and learning with high expectations of the standards of behaviour.

Our aim is for our students to be happy in their learning and become citizens who ultimately, in whichever path they choose to take, are successful in their lives.
We hope you will visit the academy and enjoy meeting and talking to the staff and students. You will be given a warm welcome.

We are proud to be the Principal and Headteacher of Southfields Academy.

Yours faithfully,

Jacqueline Valin [Principal],
Wanda Golinska [Headteacher]

Southfields Academy is the umbrella organisation for the Aspire Centre (our Adult & Community Learning, Sports facility and Community work), the Southfields Teaching School Alliance (our Initial Teacher Training, Research & Development and Professional Development) and nursery@aspire (a self-contained, purpose built nursery school which has the unique provision of being able to take advantage of the amazing facilities of Southfields Academy).

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AIMS

Aims of Southfields Academy.

We aim to help our students to develop the following skills and qualities:

  • High expectations of themselves and others
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-motivation
  • Independent working
  • Questioning and enquiring minds
  • Application of knowledge
  • Confidence
  • Creative and aesthetic capability
  • Scientific and technological capability
  • Excellent communicators orally and through the written word
  • Tolerance
  • Sensitivity and respect for others
  • Honesty and reliability
  • Excellence in numeracy

Students at the Academy have these aims and values instilled in them from the outset of their career at Southfields.

The overall aim of Southfields Academy is for students and staff to accept the challenges of learning so that students leave with the knowledge, skills and maturity to take up their adult roles.

LEADERSHIP

Senior Leadership Team

Jacqueline Valin, Principal

Wanda Golinska, Headteacher

Deputy Headteachers

Tracy Gray, Curriculum & Standards

David Holt, Behaviour & Student Leadership

Larry Davis, Personal Development, Welfare & Safety

Assistant Headteachers

Karen Frusciante, Post 16

Gemma LeGrande, Assessment & Progress

Sarah Gray, Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Karen Marshall, Pastoral

Associate Assistant Headteachers

Natalie Sillwood, Student Learning & Head of Year 12

Sinead Goodden, Mathematics & SCITT

James Draper, Organisation & Vocational

David Whitfield, Key Stage 3 and Director of Teaching School

Student Leadership

Aims of Student Leadership at Southfields Academy

  • To offer a range of roles and responsibilities to the student population
  • To promote student leadership, active ownership and a sense of pride in whole school matters
  • To develop staff: student dialogue, especially around teaching and learning
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for students and staff
  • To deepen student engagement and positive self-esteem
  • To contribute to whole school improvement

Overview

The role of the students in the life of the school is vital.  Student leadership at Southfields is about involving students in meaningful ways both in and beyond the classroom.  There are formal and informal learning opportunities to develop individuals as leaders.

There is an extensive range of opportunities for students to contribute to the well-being and development of the school during all stages of their school career.

Roles within Student Leadership:

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TRUSTEES

Academy Trustees

The Trustees of the Academy fulfil statutory obligations with regard to the National Curriculum and its assessment, the special educational needs of students, sex education and ensuring a daily act of collective worship for all students. Trustees are involved in the approval of Academy policies, we monitor the effectiveness of Academy initiatives and provide a challenge to the Principal.

The Full Board of Trustees meet 3 times a year following the meetings of the committees. The four committees that report to this meeting are:

  • Policy and Finance & Premises
  • Curriculum
  • Every Child Matters
  • Personnel

Trustees take an active role in the life of the Academy. Termly visits are arranged where they can see the day to day work of the Academy, but most Trustees visit more frequently. The Chairs of the sub committees will additionally meet regularly with the appropriate Academy staff to review financial and premises issues as they arise. Trustees at Southfields are very much a part of the Academy community.

Organisation

Primary Links

We have strong links with our feeder primary schools and have built in ways of helping our students make the transition from primary school to our Academy. All students who apply to the Academy are tested to see which ability band they are in. We also use the information from primary schools to support the test results. This enables us to offer places available in our five bands and to ensure that students are given appropriate support. All students are invited to our Induction Day in the summer term before they start in September. Students spend this day getting to know their tutor, classmates and the Academy. We can resolve any problems and set the students’ minds at rest so they do not spend the holiday worrying.  In September the students spend two further days at the Academy before the rest of the students begin.  This gives them a chance to get to know where their lessons are, who their teachers are and how the Academy works.

Academy Links

We are strongly committed to working closely with parents to ensure that students are encouraged in all aspects of their education and make the most of the opportunities offered them.
This partnership begins with a welcoming evening in November when all Year 7 students and their parents are invited to the Academy to meet their Form Tutor to ensure students have settled in to Academy life and are progressing well.
Once students are established in the Academy, parents are invited in to a consultation evening every year to discuss progress in the different subjects.

There are other evenings for parents throughout the year, which provide information and opportunities for discussion. Examples are the study support evenings providing ideas of how parents can help students in their studies and examination preparation.

More frequent contact is maintained through the Academy Diary. This is used by students to record homework, and we ask parents to sign it weekly to show their satisfaction with the work that has been done. It can also be used as a simple way of contacting the Form Tutor.

How Students are grouped

Each student is placed in a Tutor Group when they start at the Academy. The tutor is the teacher who takes the register every morning and afternoon and is responsible for monitoring the academic and personal progress of the students in their class. Year Managers lead each team of tutors in one particular year.
In year 7, students are taught in ability sets in English, Maths and Science, and in reduced size groups for ICT and design & technology. In most other subjects they are taught in their tutor groups.
Students are placed in ability sets for most subjects from year 8 onwards. The timetable is organised so that there is flexibility for students to change sets according to their achievements.


Beyond the classroom

Extra-curricular activities

Many clubs and societies are organised for the benefit of our students, some of which have been mentioned. They are intended to provide opportunities for students to extend their academic skills, develop socially and have fun! The following gives an indication of the variety of other activities students have been involved in.

Clubs and support clinics are run in the following areas:

Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, Design & Technology, Modern Languages, Art, Business & Information Technology,Integrated Learning, EAL support, Homework and the Library.

Societies and other activities:

Amnesty International Group, Drama, Instrumental Tuition, Choir, Band, Chess, and Debating.

Sports Clubs:

Swimming, Netball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Trampolining, Athletics. A list of all the after school activities can be found in our Parents’ section. There are inter-school matches in many sports.

Some recent visits:

Science Museum, National Gallery, Rock Climbing (indoor and outdoor), University visits, Mountain activities weekend, 6th Form team building activities weekend, Languages trip to France, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, London Eye, Ice Skating, East Mersea Fun Day.


Further Information

Reports

The Academy provides parents with reports twice a year which show students’ progress and attainment in each of the subjects studied. Opportunities are available to discuss these reports, either through the consultation evening or organised appointments.

Public Examinations

Syllabuses for external examination are chosen from a range of examining boards for suitability for the students’ learning needs. This means that we use a number of the different boards. Copies of syllabuses and schemes of work are available on request, though we would ask for a few days notice.

Progress through the Academy

All students are required to attain the academic standards laid down by the Academy in order to progress at the end of each academic year and the Academy may in its discretion refuse to progress any student who fails to reach any such standards.

Academy uniform

All students except the 6th Form are expected to wear the full Academy uniform. We ask parents to assist us by providing the uniform and by encouraging their daughters/sons to take pride in their dress. The uniform is available from the Academy shop. Download a full description of the uniform and price-list. View exemplars of the Academy uniform.

The Academy Day

Academy begins at 8.15 am and ends at 2.50 pm
Hours of Teaching: 25 hours per week.

EXAM RESULTS

Southfields Academy’s performance in relation to other schools can be found by accessing the National Performance Tables published by the Department for Education.

Download our Achievement Headlines for 2015

Download a breakdown of our GCSE results for 2015

Download a breakdown of our A2 results for 2015.

Admission & Prospectus

General Places.

Where the number of applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in this order:

1. Children in public care (children looked after) and those who ceased to be children looked after because they were adopted, or because they became subject to a residence order, child arrangements order or a special guardianship order (Note 1).

2. Children with a known special medical or social need, who in the opinion of the Governing Body would be suitably provided for in the Academy.

3. Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of admission.

4. Children who live nearest to the school, using a straight line measurement from home to school as calculated by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System*.

Note 1: A child looked after is a child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or section 12 of the Adoption Act 1976. A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A child arrangement order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by section 14 of the Children and families Act 2014. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989.

*Measurements produced by alternative measuring systems will not be taken into account in any circumstances.

Appeal Arrangements

Applicants refused a place at the Academy will have the right of appeal against the decision to an independent admission appeal panel established under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Application forms are included in the ‘Choose a Wandsworth School’ booklet. If you are a non-resident, or your child attends a school, outside Wandsworth, application forms are available from your child’s primary school or your local education authority.

For further information about applying for secondary schools in Wandsworth please visit the Wandsworth website.


Criteria for Admission to Southfields Academy

Southfields Academy accepts students across the whole ability range, to ensure a balanced intake. Students admitted to the Academy will take part in assessments in English, Maths and Science during their first term at Academy. The Academy will place students in sets in each of these subjects according to attainment levels achieved in these assessments. The setting is fluid and reviewed each term.

The applications proces for September 2015 has now begun, for further details please contact; admissions@wandsworth.gov.uk or go to the Wandsworth LEA’s website admissions page here. If your child has a statement of special educational needs prepared by the local education authority, your application should be submitted to the education department of your Local Education Authority.

Prospectus

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Our Open morning/days can be found below.

OPEN EVENTS

Our Open Events for Year 7 Intake 2016 – 2017 have finished for this year, however if you would like to visit the Academy or to have any questions you may have answered then please email info@southfieldsacademy.com or telephone 020 8875 2700 to make arrangements.  Please be aware that it is not always possible to accommodate visits at short notice and that we cannot accommodate unannounced visits.


OFSTED

Southfields Academy was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectors / Ofsted on 27th and 28th June 2013.  Download a copy of their report.

 

Adobe-ReaderOur Ofsted Report is PDF. To view these documents, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. The free-of-charge Adobe Acrobat Reader is available from the Adobe Web site.

WORK FOR US

Download our pdf application form to print.

Download our Word application form to fill out on a computer.
Please return all completed applications to carol.cain@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk or by post to:
Director of Human Resources, Southfields Academy, 333 Merton Road, London, SW18 5JU


If you are a GRADUATE with a degree in mathematics or a related subject and are interested in training to teach mathematics to 11-18 year olds contact us at info@thenumbersaddup.com or to find out more visit www.thenumbersaddup.com


SCIENCE TEACHER (Possibility of Key Stage 3 Responsibility for suitable candidates)
MPS (possible TLR2iii)
Required for Easter 2016 or as soon as possible.

We are looking for a well-qualified, enthusiastic and creative teacher to join our hardworking and friendly Science department.  We deliver double and triple science GCSE and A-Level qualifications in the three sciences and a Level 3 vocational course in addition to a stimulating and engaging KS3 curriculum.

There is, for suitable candidates, the possibility of a Key Stage 3 Responsibility.  This would involve co-ordinating the Science curriculum across Years 7 & 8.

Southfields Academy is a thriving non-selective secondary academy located in south west London.  It has recently undergone complete redevelopment and benefits from the cutting edge in sporting facilities, art, design & vocational technology facilities, spacious and bright communal areas and classrooms.  All of which are equipped with the latest technology and designed by our staff and students to ensure their fitness for purpose to educate the children of today and future-proofed for the children of tomorrow.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Academy will only accept applications directly from candidates themselves.

Download a job description and person specification for this post.

Closing date for applications to this role:  19th February 2016


 

BUSINESS STUDIES TEACHER – MATERNITY COVER
MPS

Required for April 2016 or as soon as possible.

We are looking for a well-qualified, enthusiastic and creative teacher.  The Business department is a young and dynamic team that consistently reviews its practice to ensure that we provide the best education for its students.  The Business department delivers a range of vocational courses from level 1 to level 3, as well as the GCSE and A Level options.  The department has been successful in recent years and has recently won a Good School Guide for Best Performance by Girls taking Business Studies and Economics A Level.

Southfields Academy is a thriving non-selective secondary academy located in south west London.  It has recently undergone complete redevelopment and benefits from the cutting edge in sporting facilities, art, design & vocational technology facilities, spacious and bright communal areas and classrooms.  All of which are equipped with the latest technology and designed by our staff and students to ensure their fitness for purpose to educate the children of today and future-proofed for the children of tomorrow.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Academy will only accept applications directly from candidates themselves.

Download a job description and person specification for this post.

Closing date for applications to this role:  19th February 2016


 

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY TEACHER – TEXTILES and/or RESISTANT MATERIALS and/or CATERING – MATERNITY COVER MPS – FULL or PART TIME post.

Required for April 2016 or as soon as possible.

We are looking for a highly motivated, innovative and inspiring teacher to deliver Textiles / Resistant Materials / Catering lessons across Key Stages 3 to 5.  The successful candidate will have excellent literacy and numeracy and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of students with broad and differing needs.  The Academy requires a teacher who is able to teach Design Technology specialist lessons in Textiles and/or Resistant Materials and/or Catering (an ideal candidate would be able to teach one or two of these disciplines to Key Stage 4 or 5 levels).

You would be joining a successful and committed team of teachers that constantly strive for improvement and development in meeting the needs of the Academy’s students.  The Design Technology department has large well-equipped specialist catering, textiles, 3D design, graphics, construction and resistant materials classrooms and all are filled with the latest in technology.

Southfields Academy is a thriving non-selective secondary academy located in south west London.  It has recently undergone complete redevelopment and benefits from the cutting edge in sporting facilities, art, design & vocational technology facilities, spacious and bright communal areas and classrooms.  All of which are equipped with the latest technology and designed by our staff and students to ensure their fitness for purpose to educate the children of today and future-proofed for the children of tomorrow.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Academy will only accept applications directly from candidates themselves.

Download a job description and person specification for this post.

Closing date for applications to this role:  19th February 2016


 

BEHAVIOUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS more than one post available.

27 1/2 hours per week Term Time Only
Salary Scale 1 scp 6-11 £10,927.49 – £12,537.92 per annum

Required IMMEDIATELY.

Applications are now open for Teaching Assistant posts to work in lessons supporting behaviour.

Applicants must have GCSE C grade in English and Maths or equivalent.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop as a professional particularly for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching.

We are looking for enthusiastic and effective people with an ability to adapt and cope with change to complement our team.  Applicants for the Behaviour Teaching Assistant role require good positive behaviour management skills and the ability to remain calm.  Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

All posts are subject to satisfactory completion of a literacy test and a successful interview.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless or race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Download a job description and person specification for this role.

Closing date for applications to this role:  29th January 2016


 

TEACHING ASSISTANT for ENGLISH as an ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (E.A.L.)

27 ½ hours per week Term Time Only
Salary Scale 1 scp 6-11 £10,927.49 – £12,537.92 per annum

Applications are now open for a Teaching Assistant post to join our E.A.L. department working with those students in our community who have English as an Additional Language, in small groups, individually and supporting in class.

Applicants must have GCSE C grade in English and Maths or equivalent.  The ideal candidate will be a graduate who wants to gain good school experience before pursuing a career in teaching.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and effective person with an ability to adapt and cope with change to complement our team.  Applicants require good positive behaviour management skills, the ability to remain calm, excellent literacy and an attention to detail.  Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

All posts are subject to satisfactory completion of a literacy test and a successful interview.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing date for applications to this role:  1st February 2016


 

TEACHING ASSISTANT BUSINESS STUDIES / INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY / COMPUTING.

27 ½ hours per week Term Time Only
Salary Scale 1 scp 6-11 £10,927.49 – £12,537.92 per annum

Applications are now open for a Teaching Assistant post to work in Business Studies, I.T. and Computing lessons supporting behaviour and the learning of students.

Applicants must have GCSE C grade in English and Maths or equivalent.  The ideal candidate will be a Business or Computing graduate who wants to gain good school experience before pursuing a career in teaching.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and effective person with an ability to adapt and cope with change to complement our team.  Applicants require good positive behaviour management skills, the ability to remain calm, excellent literacy and an attention to detail.  Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

All posts are subject to satisfactory completion of a literacy test and a successful interview.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing date for applications to this role:  29th January 2016


SUBJECT SPECIALIST ASSISTANT, SCIENCE

35 hours per week
£15,957.36 – £17,917.20 per annum
Depending on experience
Required immediately

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates for this new role with a degree-level qualification in the subject specialism that you are applying for to support students with special educational needs to access learning within subject/curriculum areas in the Academy through in-class support and targeted withdrawal.

Candidates must have a degree in the subject specialism and English and Mathematics GCSEs to apply.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Download a job description and person specification for this role.

Closing date for applications to this role:  29th January 2016


 

SITE OFFICERS more than one post available.
Scale 1 scp 4 – 11
£13,307.25 – £15,957.36 per annum
Depending on experience
35 hours per week Term Time Only.
Required for January 2016

To support the Deputy Headteacher – Behaviour & Student Leadership and other senior members of staff in the maintenance of good standards of conduct and behaviour of students.

Candidates will require good interpersonal and communication skills, together with the ability to work as part of a team.  Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age.  All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job.  The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Download a person specification and job description for this post.

Closing date for applications to this role:  29th January 2016


Download our pdf application form to print.

Download our Word application form to fill out on a computer.

Please return all completed applications to carol.cain@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk or by post to:

Director of Human Resources, Southfields Academy, 333 Merton Road, London, SW18 5JU

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