Southill School was opened in October 1973. It was designed as three units and a reception classroom opening on to a central hall. Each unit has two traditional teaching areas. Between the teaching areas is a "practical" area where children from both classes can paint, design, make models, do woodwork, clay work, needlework, make music and listen to stories, according to the timetable rota. Each classroom also has its own entrance, toilets and coat trolleys. The Reception Class has its own self-contained classroom.
The school provides a good curriculum that meets all the pupils’ needs. All statutory requirements are met. The core of the curriculum is the teaching of good skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT, which are used well to support and enrich learning in other subjects.
An exceptionally good range of trips and visits is provided, including residential field study visits in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Multi-cultural events are organised to widen the pupils’ appreciation of life beyond their locality. A varied programme of extra-curricular activities adds to the pupils’ enjoyment and personal development.
What the school should do to improve further
- Build on the measures already taken to ensure that the pupils are well prepared for life in a culturally diverse society.
- Extend opportunities for gifted and talented pupils to excel.
Before a child starts school we invite parents / guardians into school to meet the Infant Staff and exchange information. Following this visit children and a parent / guardian are invited to come to Southill PIP Club ( Pre Infant Programme Club ). This is to enable parents and children to familiarise themselves with the staff, the other children and the building. The PIP Club is held in the Reception Classroom on Friday afternoons for a number of weeks preceding the term in which the child starts school officially.
Children are admitted to school on the following basis and providing conditions allow:
5th Birthday between 1st September to 31st August - child commences part-time from September ( mornings only ). Child commences full time from January.
When children come to us from other schools, we aim to introduce them to their class, teacher and unit before starting so that we are not strangers to them when they finally arrive. Please feel free to arrange a preliminary visit.
The policy for admissions to county and voluntary controlled schools is that children are admitted to a school in the following priority order:
- Children living in the area normally served by a school.
- Children living outside the area and wishing to attend on parental preference grounds:
- where there are spare places available and the number of preferences is equal to or less than the places available, those out of area children wishing to attend on parental preference grounds can be admitted.
- where there are spare places available but there is a greater number of preferences these out of area children will be offered the spare places in the following order:
- an older brother or sister who has been admitted in previous years and who will be attending the school at the time of admission.
- a child who had particular medical reasons for attending the preferred school, as supported by the Clinical Medical Officer.
- particular reasons advanced by parents which, in the Education Officers view, deserve priority.
- if places still remain available, the childs proximity to the preferred school may be taken into account.
There is one intake per academic year and children will attend as follows:
January Full time
We take children from all pre-schools but parents should note that no preferential admission is given because a child attends a particular pre-school.
Parents are responsible for ensuring that the Local Education Authority application for each and every child is completed and forwarded to the school by early November in the year prior to starting school