End of Term Arrangements


Once again it has been an exciting and vibrant term with many successes and highs at South Academy.  At the end of each term, we believe it is important to reflect and celebrate achievements with our students.  We plan to do this through five House assemblies. At the end of each assembly our students will be dismissed to go home as follows:

  • Beech House will depart at 11.30am

  • Maple House will depart at 11.50am

  • Ash House will depart at 12.00pm

  • Rowan House will depart at 12.15pm

  • Elm House will depart at 12.30pm

The order of dismissal is based on improvement in a number of areas within the Academy. Congratulations to Beech House students in achieving first place! 


The Autumn Term 2015 will commence at 8.40am on Friday 4th September for Year 7 students and 8.40am on Monday 7th September 2015 for students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your continued support and wish you a restful and relaxing summer break.


The Shared Learning Trust

Following our last update in March to inform you that we had been granted Government permission to separate from our original sponsor, Barnfield College, and launch as a new stand-alone Academy Trust. Our new name is The Shared Learning Trust! 


We have a new logo and we are constructing a new Trust website: you can go to www.thesharedlearningtrust.org.uk to see the holding page. The full website will be launched on 1st September, ready for the new academic year, and individual school websites will follow in October/November. 


Please CLICK HERE for further details.


We will write to parents again at the start of the new academic year with another update.



Anne Frank Exhibition

We are delighted to announce that our students will be tour guides for a special exhibition organised by the Anne Frank Trust. The exhibition will be open for students and parents betwen Monday 6th to Friday 17th July. Please CLICK HERE for further information. If you like to know more about attending this exhibition please contact Academy reception. 



Academy Staff and Pupils Delighted with Ofsted Report


Inspectors visited our Academy at the start of May and gave it the second highest grading, noting in particular that the senior staff and Governors “have successfully raised the quality of teaching and improved students’ achievements in most subjects, including English and mathematics”.


The Ofsted team also praised the Academy for its proactive work on keeping students safe, which was graded ‘outstanding’. 


Principal, Cathy Barr, said: “This was a really robust inspection: The Ofsted team visited a lot of lessons and spoke to many staff and students. Our work on tackling radicalisation and many other potentially dangerous issues for young people was recognised as particularly exceptional. I am very proud of all that we’ve achieved.”


Ofsted described the Barnfield South students as “proud ambassadors” and the youngsters were pleased to have played such an integral part in the inspection. Head Girl, 16 year-old Shakerah Brown, said: “I think this is well deserved as staff and students have worked brilliantly together to achieve our goals.”


When asked by the lead inspector to describe the Academy, a group of year 7 to 11 students said: “it’s a place to strive and achieve, in a place of opportunities.”


To read a copy of the full Ofsted report please CLICK HERE.


Careers Recognition

We are delighted to see a feature of our Careers Advisor Farayi Agbame in the current edition of Get Inspired! CLICK HERE to take a look.


Student arrival time at the Academy

Please could we remind parents and carers that unless there is a specific event (e.g. an Academy trip or revision session) students should not arrive at the Academy before 8am. 


Parent View Survey

Dear parent/carer. We are really interested in your views. Have you completed the Ofsted parent view survey? If you could spare us 10 minutes of your time please CLICK HERE to visit the website.


GCSE Results 2014


South Academy is delighted to announce positive GCSE results this year. Students and staff have worked tirelessly throughout the year and the rewards have been reaped in the results gained. Click HERE to read more.


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