I Can McCann Returns

We were delighted to welcome back inspirational and motivational speaker Richard McCann into school to speak to Year 7 and Sixth Form students.

Richard once again talked to the students about adopting an ‘iCan’ attitude, something very important to fresh Year 7 students or sixth formers. Richard is very keen to promote the idea of keeping positive and accepting a growth mindset, allowing anyone to discover their true potential in life. The talks were truly inspirational and contained a very important message for students, particularly after the challenges of the last few years.

Sixth Form Open Evening 2021

Putting our students at the heart of everything we do…

We are again looking forward to inviting Year 11 students from across the city to join us for our Open Evening 2021! We are thrilled to now be able to have you join us in person once again to experience our wonderful Sixth Form and meet our outstanding staff and ambitious students.

Not only are we sending our graduates to more Russell Group Universities than ever but we are also proud to be recognised for our award winning team who put our students first. This not only involves offering more teaching time than most other sixth forms and colleges but also by providing a system of pastoral support that is second to none in order to help you succeed.

It’s what we do best and what also separates us out from many other further educational institutions… and our students are thriving because of it!

So join us for our Sixth Form Open Evening on Monday 27th September at 5:00pm and speak with our enthusiastic students and staff, tour our ever improving and expanding sixth form facilities and learn more about how we can help send you on your next step towards some of the top universities in this country and beyond!

From new Year 11 students, to parents and pupils who are simply interested to see what we are all about, everyone is welcome.

After all, who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. And today, we’d like you to join us.

A Level Results Day 2021


This year’s cohort have faced challenges like no other group before them – we are immensely proud of each and every one of them and of the team of staff who supported them during this time.

Despite the pandemic, the lockdowns, the isolation, our Year 13 students have gone above and beyond and achieved some inspiring results.

Our students are now heading to some truly amazing destinations at the UK’s top universities, apprenticeships and employers.

See some images from an emotional morning in the gallery below!



Top Destinations & Fascinating Subjects for our Students:

Our students are now heading to some truly amazing destinations at the UK’s top universities.

  • 25% Russell Group – including Durham, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh, Warwick, York, Nottingham
  • Three students are going on to study Medicine – Lucy Bulmer Newcastle, Lucy Giles Sunderland, Charlotte Blackery Edinburgh
  • Six are going to Durham University
  • An impressive 18 are heading to Newcastle University to study a wide range of subjects.

Not just that but our students are off to study a wonderful variety of life-changing subjects including:

Music Production, Animation, Social Work, Urban Planning, Stage Management, Architecture, Policing, Aerospace Engineering, Midwifery, Dance.


Standout Performances for this Year:

Headline Figures for this Year Include:

  • 100% pass rate at A-Level and vocational courses
  • Average grade per entry of grade B
  • 15.3% of students achieved 3 A-Levels at grade A*-A
  • 35.7% of students achieved 3 A-Levels at grade A*-B
  • 58.2% of students achieved 3 A-Levels at grade A*-C
  • 36.2% of subject grades achieved were A*-A
  • 68.1% of subject grades achieved were A*-B
  • 87.9% of subject grades achieved were A*-C

If you’re receiving your GCSE results soon, you can join us and begin your journey to similar amazing destinations and fantastic life opportunities. Enrolment for this September is still open so don’t miss out!

Visit www.thesixthformatsouthmoor.co.uk to find out more or contact: southmoor6th@southmoormat.co.uk

Year 12 on the Horizon

Despite the difficulties of increasing positive COVID-19 cases in schools throughout the region, we were delighted to welcome in small groups of our new Year 12 cohort for their transition days. Students had the chance to try taster lessons from a range of the subjects as well as get to know the teachers and pastoral staff who will guide them through Year 12. We look forward to seeing students again on results day to celebrate and enrol them onto the next step in their own personal success story.

A New Dimension to Printing

At The Sixth Form we are always investing in new technology to keep up with quickly moving trends in industry and employment. Our most recent investment comes in the form of a 3D Printer to support the engineering and physics pathways available to students in the Sixth Form. By using specialist computer programs students can design their own products or parts for an engineering task, before uploading them to the printer which will instantly begin to ‘print’ their part with plastic ink. Our most recent product is a large yellow piggy bank! We better get saving those pennies to purchase our next piece of kit!

Art and Photography Competition Winner

Back in May, when the new Southmoor House building was opened we launched our art and photography competition to get the walls in this new building beaming with colour and creativity. We had so many wonderful entries under the theme “Aspiration: From Sunderland to the World”, and choosing the winners was almost an impossible task!  Well done to all entries – your artwork will look fantastic on the walls!  There can only be one winner however and this was Zunairah Ahmed from Year 9 at Southmoor with her grand sketch showing ships from Sunderlands ports leaving our shores and sailing across the world! In Zunairah’s explanation of her piece she wrote: “Ships are an integral part of Sunderland’s history … even a small city can produce something massive that can help the world”. An inspiring and hugely talented piece that we are certain will go on to inspire many other students to make a massive difference across the world with their own talents and character. Well done Zunairah!

Runners up were Will Taylor in Year 10 and Daisy Johnston in Year 12 for their fantastic artwork. These students will receive their prizes on their return to school in September when all artwork will be framed and placed on the walls in Southmoor House for all to see. Thank you for all entries – the work we received was of such a high standard!