Sep 29

University Calling

Durham-1Our new Year 12  recruits visited Durham last week – what better way to start a new phase of your education than to see where you might aim to go next? Students saw the impressive library, checked out the student digs in the halls of residence, and sampled the all important coffee!


Not to miss out on looking forwards to University, four of our high-flying Year 13 students visited Cambridge University, alongside students from thirteen other schools across Wearside, as part of their Outreach Programme. Students spent 48-hours as a Jesus College undergraduate, finding out just what it takes to study at Cambridge. They were involved in subject specific sessions, personal statement workshops and underwent gruelling interview practice. After advice from Admissions Tutors and tips on the best accommodation from Graduate Ambassadors, these early applicants are now fully equipped for the Oxbridge journey ahead!

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Sep 29

Parliament of Pupils


Parliament was brought to life for our A Level Law students last week. Armed with a parliament loan box, to replicate the legislative process in parliament, our budding legal eagles discussed amendments to a proposed bill to bring back capital punishment. Theresa May, watch this space!


Sep 29

Brave Biologists!

Bio-3Our Year 12 biologists spent a day at The Centre for Life in Newcastle, widening their scientific experiences.  Students developed their dissection skills using whole organisms; no easy task on the hottest day of the year!  Needless to say, even Miss Maven struggled with lunch afterwards!  Students were then rewarded with a relaxing visit to the planetarium where they learnt about the effects of our solar system on Earth’s organisms.

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Aug 18

Our first set of A-Level results are in!

What a start. Our first set of year 13 results and our second set of year 12 grades together show all the hard work of the last two years paying off. Not only have we got a 100% pass rate across both years, but 59% of those year 13s are leaving with at least one A*-B grade, and two students leave us with A*A*A!

While our year 13s go on to courses at universities including Durham, Newcastle and Kings College London, to study subjects from History to Computer Science, the year 12s will dwell on a superb set of AS grades. Whether it is the 71% gaining at least one A-B, the 11% hitting AAB in at least two facilitating subjects – well above last year’s average for Sunderland – or even the four students who came out with four As each, they are on track to make our second year even better than our first.

Below you will find pictures from a fantastic results day. We’re already looking forward to next years results! Well done Year 12 and 13.

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Aug 17

A Level Results Day


In a change of plan, year 13 results will now be available from 7.30 tomorrow. This is to ensure anyone using clearing can call universities as soon as possible with the support of sixthform staff. We recommend students with a university place come in to collect their results as early as they can.

Jun 30

Let them go!


Yesterday saw the final finishing line for Year 13.  Exams now over, they all came for one last celebration in the Sixth Form that they helped to create.  When they started as the first year group through they were told they would set the tone, and that they did.  We wouldn’t be the thriving, caring community we are today if it hadn’t been for them.  Staff awards were handed out along with special thanks from the students.  An especially touching gift was an apple tree gifted from the year group to our Director of the Sixth Form, Mr Wright.  Thank you Year 13 – we hope you enjoyed the burgers!

We also hope you enjoy this special video our Sixth Form Staff have made for you!


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Jun 27

Year 12 in the Making


Last week we welcomed Year 11 students from Southmoor and across the city, as new recruits to our Sixth Form. We hosted a jam-packed two day transition event, where students engaged in a number of activities including lots of team bonding and a series of taster lessons.

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As always, Helen, our Sixth Form catering manager pulled out all the stops to ensure  all participants were well fed and watered! We look forward to starting the new term with our new Year 12s in September.Y12-WEB-12


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Jun 21

Student Handbook 2016

Click the link below to download our latest version of The Southmoor Sixth Form Student Handbook.

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Jun 21

A Fond Farewell


Leavers-1And that’s it. The end. Our first sixth formers have competed their A-level courses, and now all that remains is some final revision and exams – before a long summer break. It has been an absolute pleasure to guide these wonderful students through their sixth form studies – in fact, the whole process has been by far the greatest thrill of my professional life. If I’m honest, I was at least as tearful as they were on our last day!

Good luck to all of you, we’ll see you again soon.


Sammy Wright

Director of The Sixth Form


Jun 10

Transition Days 22nd and 23rd June

Please click the link below to view a letter regarding a Transition Days.


Dear Applicant

Transition Days 22nd and 23rd June

As you may be aware, we invite all applicants for two transition days to experience life at The Sixth Form at Southmoor. This is compulsory; if for any reason you cannot attend, please inform us directly at, or by calling the main school switchboard to leave a message.

As part of these days you will:

  • Meet your tutors
  • Experience lessons in each subject you have applied for
  • Get to know other students
  • Hear honest advice from year 13
  • Find out how our unique Wednesday study days will work
  • Begin the registration process ready for September
  • Register to receive your personal tablet computer
  • Receive summer assignments
  • Have fun!

These days will include a vital part of the pre-registration process which all students must complete before starting with us in September.  We would therefore ask all students to bring with them a completed admissions form (enclosed with this letter), as well as proof of identity such as a passport or birth certificate.

A buffet lunch will be provided as part of each day; however, we would recommend you bring some money with you to purchase any additional drinks and snacks you may require from our Sixth Form Café.  Current Southmoor Year 11 students who are already registered with our ‘fingerprint’ system will be able to order food in the usual way.  Please dress appropriately for a school environment however you do not need to follow the full dress code.  You may be participating in activities outdoors so please do bear this in mind.

On Wednesday 22nd June at 6pm we invite all parents of prospective students to our Sixth Form Introductory Evening.  This event is designed to ensure all parents are familiar with sixth form procedures and protocol.  We will also cover any changes that will be made for September 2016.

It is vitally important that you start your new course in September knowing that you are happy with your choices.  Whether you are still in two minds about anything, or completely certain, Transition Days are your chance to make sure you have all the information you need.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Sammy Wright
Director of Sixth Form

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