Dates

School Calendar 2016 - 2017

September

  • 05: Year begins for staff only Preparation & Planning day.
  • 06: Preparation & Planning day staff only.
  • 07: Year 7 begin.
  • 07: Year 12 & 13 Interviews.
  • 08: Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 & Year 11 begin.
  • 09: Year 13 begin.
  • 12: Year 7 Baseline Assessment Week begins.
  • 12: AFC Wimbledon Induction Day.
  • 13: Year 12 begin.
  • 16: Year 7 Baseline Assessment Week ends.
  • 20: Year 12 Course Change Deadline.
  • 21: Open Morning.
  • 21 Year 7 & Year 9 Parents' Workshop.
  • 22: Year 12 Meet the Tutor Evening.
  • 23: Open Morning.
  • 26: Year 11 Assessment Week begins.
  • 27: Year 7 Enrichment Fayre.
  • 28: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
  • 29: Harvest Festival.
  • 30: Open Morning.
  • 30: Year 11 Assessment Week ends.

October

  • 03: Year 9 & Year 10 Assessment Week begins.
  • 03: Key stage 5 Assessment Week begins.
  • 04: Open Morning.
  • 05: Open Evening.
  • 06: INSET Day Students must not attend.
  • 07: Year 9 & Year 10 Assessment Week ends.
  • 07: Key Stage 5 Assessment Week ends.
  • 10: Year 7 & Year 8 Core Assessment Week begins.
  • 13: Prize Evening.
  • 14: Year 7 & Year 8 Core Assessment Week ends.
  • 19: Post-16 Options Fayre for Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 & Year 13.
  • 20: Year 11 Parents' Evening.
  • 21: Academy breaks for Half-Term.
  • Half-Term 24th October to 28th October.
  • 31: Academy resumes.

November

  • 04: IEAP Day (1).
  • 10: Remembrance Service.
  • 21: Key stage 5 Assessment Week begins.
  • 22: INSET Day Students must not attend.
  • 23: Parents' Forum.
  • 25: Key Stage 5 Assessment Week ends.
  • 28: Year 9 & Year 10 Assessment Week begins.

December

  • 02: Year 9 & Year 10 Assessment Week ends.
  • 09: Year 10 Year 11 & Year 12 London Skills Day.
  • 09: UCAS Application Deadline.
  • 12: Year 7 & Year 8 Core & Foundation Assessment Week begins.
  • 16: Year 7 & Year 8 Core & Foundation Assessment Week ends.
  • 16: Attainment Assemblies.
  • 16: Academy Breaks for Christmas Holiday.
  • Christmas Holiday 19th December to 2nd January.

January

  • 03: Academy Resumes.
  • 03: INSET Day students must not attend.
  • 04: Academy Resumes for ALL Students.
  • 05: Sixth Form Taster Day.
  • 05: Year 9 Parents' Evening.
  • 11: IEAP Day (2).
  • 19: Year 11 Parents' Evening.
  • 20: 6th Form Application Deadline.
  • 25: Year 8 Options Fayre.
  • 30: Year 9 & Year 10 Assessment Week begins.

February

  • 01: INSET Day Students Must Not Attend.
  • 03: Year 9 & Year 10 Assessment Week ends.
  • 06: Year 11 Assessment Week begins.
  • 06: Year 7 & Year 8 Assessment Week begins.
  • 08: Key Stage 5 Parents' Evening.
  • 10: Year 11 Assessment Week ends.
  • 10: Year 7 & Year 8 Assessment Week ends.
  • 10: Academy Breaks for Half-Term
  • Half-Term 13th February to 17th February.

March

  • 06: Futures Fortnight begins.
  • 15: Year 8 Options & Parents' Evening.
  • 16: INSET Day Students Must Not Attend.
  • 17: Year 8 Options Form Deadline.
  • 17: Futures Fortnight Ends.
  • 20: Year 10 Mock Examinations Begin.
  • 22: Parents' Forum.
  • 27: Year 8 Assessment Week begins.
  • 27: Year 11 Core mock Examinations begin.
  • 31: Year 10 Mock Examinations End.
  • 31: Year 8 Assessment Week ends.
  • 31: Year 11 Core Mock Examinations end.
  • 31: Attainment Assemblies.
  • 31 Academy Breaks for Easter Holiday.
  • Easter Holiday 3rd April - 17th April.

April

  • 04: Easter Revision Sessions.
  • 05: Easter Revision Sessions.
  • 18: Academy Resumes for ALL students.
  • Year 11 Core Mock Examinations begin.
  • 21: Year 11 Core Mock Examinations end.
  • 24: International Week begins.
  • 24: Year 9 Assessment Week begins.
  • 27: International Evening.
  • 28: International Week ends.
  • 28: Year 9 Assessment Week ends.

May

  • 01: MAY DAY Bank Holiday - Academy closed
  • 04: Year 10 Parents' Evening.
  • 04: Design Technology Showcase.
  • 08: Year 7 Assessment Week begins.
  • 12: Year 7 Assessment Week ends.
  • 15: Public GCSE & A Level Examinations begin.
  • 16: Strawberry Tea Party.
  • 22: Year 8 Assessment Week begins.
  • 22: Year 10 Assessment Week begins.
  • 26: Year 8 Assessment Week ends.
  • 26: Year 10 Assessment Week ends.
  • 26: Academy Breaks for Half-Term.
  • Half-Term 29th May to 2nd June.

June

  • 05: Academy Resumes.
  • 07: Parents' Forum.
  • 08: Year 7 Parents' Evening.
  • 12: Year 12 Work Experience begins.
  • 13: IEAP Day (3).
  • 16: Year 12 Work Experience ends.
  • 26: Year 10 Core Examinations begin.
  • 28: Open Morning.
  • 29: Year 11 Celebration of Achievement.
  • 30: INSET Day Students not to Attend.
  • 30: Year 10 Core Examinations end.

July

  • 03: Year 7 Year 8 & Year 9 Core Examinations begin.
  • 10: Key stage 5 Assessment Week begins.
  • 13: 6th Form Prom.
  • 14: Open Morning.
  • 14: New Staff Induction Day.
  • 14: Year 7 Year 8 & Year 9 Core Examinations end.
  • 14: Key stage 5 Assessment Week ends.
  • 14: Year 10 Work Experience begins.
  • 17: Year 9 Work Shadowing Day.
  • 18: Key Stage 3 Sports Day.
  • 20: Year 10 Work Experience Ends.
  • 21: Year 10 Work Experience Debrief.
  • 21: Academy Breaks for Summer Holiday.
  • Summer Holiday 24th July to 1st September.

August

  • 17: A & AS Level Results day
  • 24: GCSE Results day
  • Academy Resumes 2016 - 2017 on Monday 04 September

Term Dates 2016 – 2017

Autumn Term
Monday 5th September – Friday 16th December
Half Term
Friday 21st October – Monday 31st October

Spring Term
Tuesday 3rd January –  Friday 31st March
Half Term
Friday 10th February – Monday 20th February

Summer Term
Monday 18th April – Friday 21st July
Half Term
Friday 26th May – Monday 5th June

Term Dates 2017 – 2018 (provisional dates – check with Academy)

Autumn Term
Monday 4th September – Friday 22nd December
Half Term
Friday 20th October – Monday 30th October

Spring Term
Monday 8th January – Thursday 29th March
Half Term
Friday 9th February – Monday 19th February

Summer Term
Monday 16th April – Friday 20th July
Half Term
Friday 25th May – Monday 4th June.
(Bank Holiday Monday 7th May)

homework

Homework at Southfields Academy

YEAR GROUP

YEAR 7

DAILY HOMEWORK?

45 Minutes

WEEKLY

English Reading Maths Science

WEEKLY OR FORTNIGHTLY

History Geography Religious Education Spanish Drama Music Art Design and Technology IT PE

HALF TERMLY

I – Study

IN SCHOOL HOMEWORK CLUBS

All subject areas once a week after school Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times.


YEAR 8

45 Minutes

English Reading Maths Science

History Geography Religious Education Spanish Drama Music Art Design and Technology IT PE

Study Plus

All subject areas once a week after school Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times.


YEAR 9

45 Minutes

English Reading Maths Science

History Geography Religious Education Spanish Drama Music Art Design and Technology IT PE

I-Choice (Autumn term only)

All subject areas once a week after school Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times.


YEAR 10

45 Minutes

English Reading Maths Science

Religious Education/PSE PE IT


All subject areas once a week after school Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times.


YEAR 11

45 Minutes

English Reading Maths Science

Religious Education/PSE PE IT


All subject areas once a week after school Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times.


YEAR 12

45 Minutes

English Reading Maths Science

UCAS application work/Employability tasks.


Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times. Independent study areas in 6th form areas.


YEAR 13

45 Minutes

English Reading Maths Science

UCAS application work/Employability tasks.


Library before school from 7.30am. After school until 4pm. Both break times. Independent study areas in 6th form areas.

Examinations

GCSE

External Examinations Timetable for students in Years 10 & 11 

Download a copy of the external examinations timetable for the summer session 2017. If you are looking for information about public examinations or you are a private candidate wishing to sit an examination in the Academy please e-mail exams@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk for further information.

We have put links to the Joint Council for Qualifications guidance notices for candidates below.  We have also put a link to a permission form for candidates to complete and give to parents / carers or other relatives to give permission for their examination results to be collected on their behalf.

Information for Candidates – Controlled Assessments.

Information for Candidates – Coursework.

Information for Candidates – Non-examination Assessments.

Information for Candidates – On-Screen Tests.

Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice.

Information for Candidates – Social Media.

Information for Candidates – Written Exams.

Warning to Candidates – Exam Room Poster.

No Mobile Phones – Exam Room Poster.

Collection of Examination Results Permission Form

Coping With Exam Stress and Revision Planning

Can food improve your exam performance?

‘A’ Level

External Examinations Timetable for students in Years 12 & 13 

Download a copy of the external examinations timetable for the summer session 2017. If you are looking for information about public examinations or you are a private candidate wishing to sit an examination in the Academy please e-mail exams@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk for further information.

We have put links to the Joint Council for Qualifications guidance notices for candidates below.  We have also put a link to a permission form for candidates to complete and give to parents / carers or other relatives to give permission for their examination results to be collected on their behalf.

Information for Candidates – Controlled Assessments.

Information for Candidates – Coursework.

Information for Candidates – Non-examination Assessments.

Information for Candidates – On-Screen Tests.

Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice.

Information for Candidates – Social Media.

Information for Candidates – Written Exams.

Warning to Candidates – Exam Room Poster.

No Mobile Phones – Exam Room Poster.

Collection of Examination Results Permission Form

Coping With Exam Stress and Revision Planning

Can food improve your exam performance?

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Rowan Hearing Support Centre

The Rowan Hearing Support Centre Introduction

SLCN Resource Base

Speech, Language and Communication Needs Resource Base

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

Parents' Evening

If you have any questions about Parents’ Evenings for which you cannot find an answer below then please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Parents of students in Year 7 are invited in to the Academy to receive their child’s report and to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers and tutor. Thursday 8th June 2017

Year 8 Options Fayre

Parents of students in Year 8 are invited in to the Academy to see what courses are on offer to their child for Year 9 to help them make informed choices for Year 9. Wednesday 25th January 2017

Year 8 Options Evening

Parents of students in Year 8 are invited in to the Academy to receive their child’s report and to discuss their child’s progress with teachers and tutors.  It is during this evening that final options will be discussed and are chosen for Year 9. Wednesday 15th March 2017

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Parents of students in Years 9 are invited in to the Academy to discuss their child’s progress through the Foundation GCSE Year with their child’s teachers and tutors. Thursday 5th January 2017

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Parents of students in Years 10 are invited in to the Academy to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers and tutor. Thursday 4th May 2017

Year 11 Parents’ Evenings

Parents of students in Year 11 are invited in to the Academy on two occasions to discuss their child’s progress with their child’s teachers and tutor, once in the Autumn Term and once in the Spring Term after mock examination results are available. AUTUMN – Thursday 20th October 2016 and SPRING – Thursday 19th January 2017

Year 12 Meet the Tutor Evening

Parents of students in Year 12 are invited in to the Academy to meet their child’s tutor and to discuss how best to support their child through Key Stage 5. Thursday 22nd September 2016

6th Form Parents’ Evening

Parents of students in Key Stage 5 are invited in to the Academy to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers and tutor. Wednesday 8th February 2017

ATTENDANCE

Our attendance target for the year 2016-2017 is 95.00%+.

Students are rewarded for achieving 100% punctuality and attendance by being entered into the ‘In It 2 Win It Draw’ which takes place every half term.


The following table may be of interest to you:

% of Attendance

Number of days missed in a school year

Impact

100% 0 days missed Your child will have gained the greatest benefit from their time at school.
95% 9½ days – nearly 2 weeks Your child is likely to achieve the best grades they can
90% 19 days – nearly 4 weeks Your child is less likely to achieve their full potential
85% 28½ days – 5 weeks 3½ days It will be difficult for your child to achieve their best; they may struggle to catch up with school work.  A referral may be made to the EWO (Education Welfare Officer)
80% 38 days – 7 weeks 3 days Intervention by the EWO (Local Authority)
75% 47½ – 9 weeks 2½ days Serious cause for concern. Possible court proceedings by Local Authority
70% 57 days – 11 weeks 2 days Serious cause for concern. Possible multi agency intervention and court action by Local Authority

Students who enjoy regular attendance get into a routine and this is very beneficial to their learning.   Unfortunately there are a small number of students whose attendance is 85% or below or they are consistently late. Our Education Welfare Officer will be involved directly with those students. Parents may be called to an Attendance Hearing Panel, receive a Fix Penalty Notice, or have to attend Court to explain to the authorities the reasons for non attendance/poor punctuality. Contact the Attendance Officer on 0208 875-2634 to report your child’s absence.

Reading & Literacy

Southfields Academy’s recommended reading lists.

We have selected books that we think that students will find interesting, engaging and educational. Books have been marked on their appropriateness to National Curriculum leves and GCSE grades. These are recommendations, students are in no way obligated to only read the books that have been recommended to them. Please note that some books have been highlighted for their mature themes and content, and are more suited to an advanced reader – students who are perhaps thinking of progressing onto A-Level English Literature. We hope that students take time to visit the school library (where all of the books on the list are available) and ignite their passion for reading! If there are any queries or questions regarding reading or literacy at Southfields Academy, please do not hesitate to contact sabrina.sulliman@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk

Keywords

Literacy is embedded in all subjects taught at Southfields Academy. Each subject has produced a list of keywords that all students should learn and be able to spell and use with confidence and accuracy. You will find the keyword lists for each subject taught at Southfields Academy (link to department keywords!!!); you can save these to your computer or print them to use with your child.

Academy Library

‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ Sir Richard Steele (1672 – 1729) The Tatler no. 147 (18 March 1710) ‘A good book is the best of friends, the same today as forever’ Martin Tupper (1810 – 1889) Proverbial Philosophy Series 1 (1838)


The Library

The Library plays an important role in the academic and cultural life of the Academy. Its primary aim is to support all students in their studies by providing suitable materials and a friendly environment in which students can study and research. The Library has a large collection of materials in a variety of formats. It has an excellent collection of reference materials and fiction books complemented by numerous periodicals, daily and local newspapers, CD Roms, video cassettes and a collection of press cuttings. The Library has ten computer work stations which students use to do their school work and have access to the internet. The Library offers a series of library and information skills lessons to all Year 7 students. The aim of the lessons are to teach students how to use available library resources. Academy Library Registration form.

Opening hours

The Library is open to all students and members of staff from 7:30 am until 3:45 pm

Location

The Library is located on the bottom floor of the Science Block. Library Staff Librarian: Mrs Litwin – Roberts Library Assistant: Ms Boothe

Top Tips for Literacy


Reading

Be knowledgeable about your child’s progress Students’ reading ages are tested twice a year and this information is added to their school record (ask their tutor or English teacher). Being aware of your child’s reading age will best inform how to support your child’s literacy at home. The Academy has a comprehensive booklist sorted by reading age which can be found at here. Surround your child with reading material and encourage them to read regularly Reading out loud regularly is hugely beneficial. Just 15 minutes of daily practice is sufficient to increase reading fluency! Make reading an integral part of your children’s lives. Ask them to read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports and other practical everyday information. Check that your child understands all of the words. You could ask to write down any words they don’t know in a notebook. Then help them to look them up. Deliberately use those words in conversation with your child, to reinforce the learning.

Develop the library habit.

Local libraries are a wonderful place to encourage your child to read. They also run many reading based activities to help engage in reading for pleasure. For more information on local libraries, please visit the wandsworth website

Spelling

Develop your child’s spelling ability by playing quick games to help them recognise and use letter patterns. Choose a letter pattern such as “-tion” or “-ight” and take turns thinking of words that include it. See how many your child can write down correctly. Make sure your child can spell the keywords for each of their subjects.

Handwriting

Encourage your child to write neatly by hand. The most important point to get across is the size and spacing of letters. Practising on squared paper can be useful; the aim is to try to get the letters to fit into the boxes neatly.

Numeracy

Supporting numeracy at home.

Dear Parents and Carers, Numeracy is a vital skill that is important in everyday life. It is about being confident when solving problems, making decisions and analysing situations that involve numbers. Numeracy is key to lifelong learning, e.g. it enables a young person to understand scientific concepts, interpret figures, understand cause and effect etc. Developing skills in numeracy will increase opportunities for all young people in the world of work, enhancing employability prospects and life chances. Families can support what children and young people are learning in school by providing opportunities and experiences that allow them to practise and apply these skills. You can download a helpful booklet to help you with the above by clicking here. Kind regards, Southfields Academy Mathematics department.

Some simple ideas for home

Time: Encourage your child to use a watch or clock to tell the time, provide timed activities and read timetables. Calendars: Plan family birthdays on a calendar & do a birthday countdown. Measure: Take advantage of measure opportunities in the kitchen; weighing, timing and temperature. Money: Talk about best deals with your child, budgeting pocket money or wages. Estimating: Plan for activities in advance like calculating the number of rolls of paper or paint required to decorate a room, the length of time activities may take. Logical thinking: Ask your child to explain their thinking and consider the consequences of actions e.g. using the information gathered from reading newspapers, using the internet and watching TV to draw conclusions and make choices that involve numeracy.