At Southwark we create a school community where children excel, develop a passion for learning and share magical memories that will last them a lifetime. We have high expectations for every child and provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, and successful learners. Through our curriculum, we equip our pupils with a secure foundation of knowledge and skills to give them success for today as well as prepare them to become lifelong learners by developing a curiosity about the world around them. We believe that every child has the right, as well as the capacity, to succeed. We develop the whole child, meeting their individual needs in a safe, secure and nurturing environment where our differences are celebrated and children can make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We believe that our school must reflect the community we serve. We create a collaborative environment where all members of the school community are highly valued, make positive contributions, and work cohesively to create an inspirational environment to succeed and flourish.
Our shared values underpin everything that we do here at Southwark Primary School. They help us to form our attitudes, guide our choices, and influence our behaviours. At Southwark, we have 11 values. Throughout the year, the whole school community focuses on a different value, exploring what it means and how we can use this to positively influence our everyday lives. Our shared Values are: Respect, Honesty, Trust. Love, Courage, Patience, Empathy, Positivity, Co-Operation, Equality and Liberty.
Situated in Old Basford, three miles from the centre of Nottingham, Southwark has 663 children on roll, aged from three to eleven years. We have a state-of-the-art school building and excellent facilities. The school buildings accommodate up to 630 children and has a 90 place F1 unit. This means a potential total of 720 children on roll. There are three bases or “hubs” to the building: Nursery, Reception and Y1 inhabit one area, Years 2 and 3 another, and Years 4, 5, and 6 in the third. This is designed to aid transition. The EYFS and Y1 hub consists of two 45 place F1 Nursery units, three F2 Reception classes and three Y1 classes. Across the Year 2/3 hub there are three Y2 classes and three Y3 classes and in the Year 4/5/6 hub there are three classes in Y4, Y5 and Y6.
Southwark has a dedicated and passionate Senior Leadership Team under the direction of the Headteacher. This consists of a Deputy Head Teacher, Assistant Head Teachers for each hub as well as Assistant Head Teachers with responsibilities for Safeguarding and the curriculum. All have a proven track record of exemplary teaching and are extremely effective at leading their whole school responsibilities as well as supporting staff across the school.
Here at Southwark, we regard excellent behaviour as essential if children are to learn and achieve their full potential. We also acknowledge our influence in promoting positive behaviour which will enable our pupils to be successful, life-long learners and responsible citizens. As our pupils enter the Early Years & Foundation Stage, we focus on the ‘characteristics of effective learning’ and as our pupils move further up the school we focus on six main learning behaviours: teamwork, determination, focus, curiosity, creativity and reflection. We promote these learning behaviours through all areas of the curriculum, as well as discuss these in assemblies and explicitly recognising, encouraging and celebrating when these are shown. Each learning behaviour has its own superhero character, designed by pupils, to support pupils adopting ‘super hero powers’ to display each desired characteristic.
Our outstanding facilities support our pupils to receive the very best in academic and extra-curricular provision. We are lucky to have a 3G pitch, a multi-use games area, and a grass area. The outstanding 3G facilities are available to the community when not in use by the school. We also have a large sports hall and a Main Hall. We have a beautiful quiet courtyard and a gardening area. Consequently, our school council, eco club and gardening club are always busy! We run many extra-curricular clubs and are extremely proud of our sporting success and passion for physical activity both competitive and for enjoyment. We also have a beautiful stage and theatre standard sound and lights to make our annual performance extra special – every child takes part in our summer production!
Southwark is a large, active and exciting school. Our staff demonstrate passion and drive to ‘go the extra mile’ for our pupils and local community. We have a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils and our catchment area has families with high levels of social deprivation. Working here can be demanding, but only the best will do for our children! We work tirelessly to support and develop all staff through outstanding professional development opportunities led by our dynamic senior leadership team in partnership with the Believe Academy Trust. Here at Southwark, we also recognise sustained outstanding performance and give opportunities for accelerated pay progression as a result. We have a clear staff engagement strategy to make working here as rewarding as possible through additional benefits and incentives. If you like a challenge, want to work with a passionate team who go the extra mile to support each other, and you want a school that “buzzes” about teaching and learning, then Southwark is the place for you!