Year 11 GCSE History students

Today we are starting the next round of ‘a resource a day’ to support your preparation for the upcoming PPEs after half term.  This week will focus on the Conflict and Upheaval unit, with next week moving onto Germany in Transition.  Today’s document is a key words list with suggested revision activities included.  This would be a good place to start to audit what you are / are not confident with and will help you to quickly categorise key words into themes / topics / time periods.

Happy History revision!

Key words glossary and revision activity

For parents of GCSE History students

We have added a general info leaflet and the revision schedule to our website to help with revision resource information and general enquiries about exam dates and revision opportunities.
You are also welcome to contact us at school should you have any questions or if there is anything we can help with in supporting revision at home.
Many thanks, Mrs Gough.

Warwickshire Schools Cross-Country Championships, Moreton Morrell

A massive congratulations to our hardy runners who represented the school at the Warwickshire School Cross-Country Championships. The weather was a little damp and cold, but our runners battled on, producing some excellent results and many will now go on to represent Warwick at the English Schools Championships in Leeds and Prestwold Hall.

Performance of the day came from Madeleine Jacks (Yr 8), who tore away from the field on the second lap to win comfortably. Madeleine was running against Yr 9 students and still has another year in this year group, making her win all the more impressive! Elspeth Unitt suffered a fall during the race, but recovered well to finish 14th, and Poppy Lister (22nd) and Mae Quinney (31st) completed the Southam Junior Girls team.

Other runners to gain selection for the Warwickshire teams were: Oliver Wetherall – 6th in the Minor Boys (Yr7), Emily and Ana Lovett finished 5th & 6th respectively in the Inter Girls (Yr10/11), & Georgina Hurt was 8th in the Senior Girls (Yr 12/13).

We also had a number of runner finishing just outside the top 8, who will be reserves for the Warwickshire Teams. Our other runners, who all competed fantastically were: Zoe Sayer (13th), Scarlett Sanders (20th) & Elsie Palmer-Boyd (34th) in the Minor Girls, James Eatough (16th) in the Minor Boys, Sam Hobbs (28th) in the Junior Boys, Rositsa Gugutkova (10th) in the Inter Girls, and Sam lambert (13th) in the Inter Boys.

Well done again to everyone and good luck to all our runners in the National Championships in March.

Mr MacGibbon


Year 11 GCSE History students

Today we are publishing exam board style reports for the most recent PPEs. These cover a range of advice connected to what people did well and what could be improved upon. They also include colour-coded and labelled exemplar answers to help you see how a full marks answer could be put together. You can use these documents to help support your revision for exam skills and techniques.
Happy History revision!

Year 11 GCSE History students

You are invited to our History GCSE revision conference on Thursday 24th January in the Core, 3.45 – 5.15pm.

This is followed by a parents’ briefing at 5.30pm.

This will be a great opportunity to learn valuable revision skills that you can use across all the History units.

Please see your teacher if you have any questions.  Happy History revision!

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Year 11 French, German and Spanish Students

Year 11 French, German and Spanish students have the opportunity to buy the the AQA GCSE revision workbook through Southam College at a reduced price of £2.49.  This is an excellent resource containing lots of revision material on all GCSE topics.  This is a reminder that payments should be made through Parent Pay and reply slips returned by Monday 10th December.

Apprenticeships – Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police

The Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police apprentice project looks to provide a variety of people with experience in policing whilst studying for a professional qualification. It provides them with a wide range of workplace skills, and enables the staff members supporting them to build on their supervisory and mentoring experience.


Manufacturing Advanced Apprenticeship

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Ltd

Our award-winning graduate and apprentice programmes have been designed to be just as inspiring as the next generation of vehicles you’ll help produce. With opportunities right across our business, you’ll use your creativity to bring new ideas to life, develop specialist, commercial and project skills and push the boundaries of your potential.

Yr 11 Mindfulness and Relaxation Session

Many thanks to Mrs Elkerton for running a short relaxation session on Friday lunch time, giving students some helpful exercises to relieve any exam stresses and worries. We hope to run some more sessions after Christmas for all the year group to benefit from.

Year 11 GCSE History students

We are pleased to introduce the History Revision area of our website!

Today we are uploading a range of documents to support your revision, for example: Progress Overview sheets for each unit, which you can use to check and audit your notes, and Core Exam Advice sheets to help your revision of exam skills and structure. Resources will be added here on a regular basis in the run up to your PPEs, so keeping checking to see what’s new.
Happy History revision!

Islamic revision conference

Southam College are looking forward to hosting their Islamic revision conference for Year 11 today.

This conference will be led by Umar Nasser from the Leamington Islamic outreach programme and will support students revision for their up and coming PPE on Wednesday 21st November.

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Mrs Bishop’s 11B1 German class

There will be German intervention sessions on Wednesday 7th November, Thursday 8th November, Wednesday 14th November and Thursday 15th November from 3.45-4.45 in ML6.
The focus of these sessions is preparation and extra support for the Writing papers.
All students are welcome!


Well done for a solid start to Year 11. The weeks are flying by, so make the most of all the learning opportunities you have!

The first set of PPE’s are in November, so prepare well and you’ll reap the benefits come the big exams in the summer.

Stay safe and ‘recharge your batteries’ for an important half-term to come.

11B2 German (Mrs French)

Students are invited to take part in intervention sessions leading up to the PPEs in Reading, Listening and Writing Wednesdays after school 3.45-4.45 in ML1.
The sessions will be aimed at students sitting foundation and higher.

Engineering Technician Apprentice Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc

On this pathway you would primarily work on all stages of product creation and modification. You will produce components and prototypes using a wide range of hand fitting techniques, produce assemblies and rigs using a range of materials and use mechanical, electrical and electronic testing devices and equipment.

Year 11 Netball Make it a Hatrick

Year 11 girls took part in the second league night.
Their first game was against North Leam. The team played some great team netball playing the ball around the court well. Some great interceptions by GD Olivia Constable and WD Kacie Morby saw the play turned on several occasions which then saw the ball brought down the court with great composure by C Cerys James and some great feeds into the shooting duo of GA Madison Smith and GS Charlotte Wain seeing the girls win the first game 17-3.
The girls second game saw them face Myton. With past games between these two teams being very competitive and results very close the girls knew they had to continue the play from the first game. They did just this. GK Lucy Parker had a great game keeping the GS out of the game. Again the girls played some excellent netball passing the ball around the court well with the shooters scoring on top form. Myton struggled to keep up with the pace and excellent passing which saw the girls win an impressive 18-6.
The last game was Kingsley. Again we knew this would be a competitive game. The girls started off well with some great defensive interceptions again by GD Olivia Constable . All the girls had to work hard as the pace and passing from Kingsley was quick and accurate. C Cerys James ensured Southam kept possession of the ball with WA Cara Andrews feeding some great balls into the circle. With a switch in positions in the circle GA Charlotte Wain and GS Madison Smith worked well together ensuring the goals went in. A very close fought game saw the girls win their final game 10-9.
A big thank you to Olivia Constable and Charlotte Wain for playing up a year group.
Well done to all of you, it was a great team effort and you played some fantastic netball.
Thanks for a great evening.
Mrs Smith.

Year 10/11 Rugby

Southam V Harris

Southam make hay against a spirited Harris Team.

A combined Yr 10 and 11 Team took on an inexperienced, but spirited combined team from Harris Academy. Though it quickly became clear that there was a mismatch between the 2 teams, as we ran in 7 unanswered first half tries, our opponents never dropped their heads and kept battling away, at times threatening our line and only kept out with some determined Southam defence.

As Harris were only able to come with 10 players, some Southam students showed their sportsmanship and maturity by playing for them. My great thanks go to Josh B., Josh R., Dom G., Daniel T., Sam W. and especially to Luke C., who played for both halves with fantastic credit and performance.

In the end Southam ran in 14 unanswered tries, but in the real winners were both teams who played the game in a way that the RFU and their Core Values of Teamwork, Respect, Sportsmanship, Discipline and Enjoyment, would celebrate.

For the record the scorers were: Harry W. (4), Josh P. (3), Alfie P. (2), Ryan A., Dom G., Daniel T., Joe C., and Josh L.

The next Yr 10 fixture is on Monday against AGS (away)

German Exchange

On Monday Exchange students explored Blenheim Palace in the footsteps of Winston Churchill. Despite the weather we persevered and found the” whomping willow tree”featured in the Harry Potter films. The visit was concluded with a fabulous farewell party where Leila Scott surprised with a brilliant video put together from previous Exchange visits. It came as no surprise that Lucas Evans took over the role of putting on tunes and the family Talue  provided us with fabulous food- dauphinoise potatoes and chocolate tart.  All in all, Southam students and families  did themselves justice in repaying their guests’   hospitality with the fantastic dishes they brought and a great time was had.

Bis zum nächsten Jahr und gute Heimfahrt!

Philosophy and Ethics

The Philosophy and Ethics department have launched their October half term revision packs on ‘Everything you need to know about Christianity and Islam’

See your Philosophy and Ethics teacher for a pack.

In your pack you will find key beliefs and practices for each religion, revision activities and key words lists for both religions.

Both packs will support your revision for the November PPE on Wednesday 21st November.

October half term revision by numbers Christianity and Islam

OCT Islam2 everything you need to know

OCT Everything you need to know about Christianity

Islam beliefs and practices KEY WORDS

Christian beliefs and practices KEY WORDS


German Exchange

Day Trip to Stratford
Southam and Hölderlin students experienced a Shakespearean lesson in the actual schoolroom were the Bard of Avon himself was taught once as a boy. The students made gains in Latin and enjoyed their quill skills. We discovered that Mr Holfelder looks a little like Professor Snape in an Elizabethan school teacher’s dress. A day in Stratford would not be complete without a stroll to the RSC and Shakespeare’s birth place, and the Exchange would not be complete without Mrs Martin, who nurtured German and English relations successfully for years. Much fun was had in the evening at ten pin bowling.
Ein schönes Wochenende!

Year 11 Netball

Year 11 have their second Netball League night on Thursday 18th October 2018.
Please see ECA noticeboard in the gym for the Team sheet and further details.
If you can not play please see Miss Evans ASAP.

Year 11 Philosophy Boost

Boost your CONFIDENCE, knowledge, understanding and exam technique ready for your November PPE

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in P1 at 12:45pm

Reward: A philosophical and chocolate boost

All Year 11 students welcome

See your Philosopher and Ethics teacher for more information



A fantastic first evening of netball for the year 10 and 11 league night.

The year 11s played 3 games, first game against a strong Kenilworth team. Some fantastic shooting from Maddie Smith and Cara Andrews and outstanding feeding from Katie Morby led the girls to win 11-6.
Second game saw the girls come up against Kings High, the defensive unit of Alice Dillon, Lily Fraser-Pope and Lucy Parker kept the score low finishing at 12-5.
Final game of the evening saw us face Aylsford the girls played some scrappy netball but Cerys James continued to feed Maddie and Cara to see the end result 18-6 to Southam. 

A great start to the league with 3 wins, well done girls.

Mrs Turton

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Shakespeare House Trip Friday 5th October

Meet at the bus bays at 8.45am

Bus lists will be up by student office for the week – please check which bus you are on

Non-uniform for the whole day

Bring some money or food for your lunch

Make sure you go round Alton Towers in  groups of no less than three people

Return to Southam College approx. 7pm

Dance Production 2018

It’s that time of year again – Dance Production 2018 is back!

This year we are hosting the ‘Greatest Show’ yet with a celebration of all styles of dance.

If you want to be a part of the show, sign up for auditions outside the gym from Monday.

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Year 11 Philosophy and Ethics students

Please keep up to date with the latest philosophical revision activities and resources via the Philosophy and Ethics tab on this Year 11 Blog.
We will continue to add ideas and activities throughout the year.
Speak to your Philosophy and Ethics teacher for more information.

Year 10 & 11 Netball League Night

Year 10 and 11 have their first league night on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at NLS.
Please check the girls ECA noticeboard for further details.
If you can’t play please see Miss Evans, MIss Maclachlan or Mrs Turton ASAP.

Year 11 Success Evening

One day to go until our first Year 11 Success Evening! We look forward to welcoming parents and students between 5pm and 7pm in the Hall and Core on Thursday evening. Tickets have been distributed today in registers to all those who requested a seat at the Elevate Parents’ Seminar, starting at 7pm in the Core.

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The world’s biggest coffee morning

We are taking part in the world’s biggest coffee morning on Friday 28th September.

We need staff and students to support this event by baking the cakes.

The cakes will be sold during break time and lunchtime on Friday with all money going to Macmillan cancer trust.

See Mrs Thomas for more details.


Student Success Stories – The Employability Skills topic, Life Skills.

Read the write up from Ryan in Year 11 describing his amazing work experience placement at Aston Martin. Well done Ryan for taking the time to share your Student Success Story.

Both the Life Skills and Careers department have been hugely impressed with the passion, drive and hard work students have put into the whole topic area. The feedback that we are receiving from companies is fabulous and students should be proud of themselves. There will be an awards assembly in the near future and certificates for your efforts. There will also be a trophy for the overall highest scoring student during this topic.


Year 11s Win the Central Area Netball Tournament

On Wednesday the 19th September 2018 the Year 11 Netball Team took part in the Central Area Netball Tournament.

They played outstanding Netball and as a result they won all the games they played.
(Southam vs NLS – 9 -5; Southam vs Campion – 8-2; Southam vs Aylesford – 20-0; Southam vs Myton – 11-5 and finally Southam vs Kingsley -14-12).

The team spirit and work ethic for every single match was amazing!

A well deserved win! Thank you to all the girls who played; Cerys James; Kacie Morby; Madison Smith; Alice Dillon; Cara Andrews; Lucy Parker; Ruby Cole and Lily Fraser-Pope.

As always you make me so proud! Well done Miss Evans!

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Global Virtues Ambassadors

All students are welcome to our first Global Virtues meeting on Monday 17th September 2018 in P1 at 12:30pm. We will be discussing how we can implement these key virtues across the academy.Global Virtues Ambassadorsv3.png

German Exchange

The German exchange return visit to Southam College will be taking place from Wednesday 10th of October to Wednesday 17th of October. More details to follow shortly. Please contact Mrs Dias -French if you have any queries.

GCSE in Design and Technology

Reminder – All students completing the GCSE in Design and Technology (Textiles and Resistant Materials classes) have the option to purchase a revision guide.

For more information, please ask your Design and Technology teacher for a letter, payments can be made on parent pay.

The deadline to pay, ready for collection in September is Friday 13th July.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Our fanatastic Year 10  Food Preparation and Nutrition students have been focusing on food styling in recent weeks. They started with the basic skills such as julienne carrots, tomato roses and apple swans. They then moved onto decorative techniques such as piping, smearing and crumbs. They then did ready, steady cook with 3 cheddars, mayo and ketchup and finally had to present a fine dining breakfast to include and egg and one slice of bread.

So proud of them all

The Food Team

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Cricket – Southam V King Henry VIII School

A stalwart Yr 10 Cricket Team hold firm against Henry’s!

Well done to all the boys who played in our match against King Henry VIII school this afternoon. In breezy conditions we produced our best performance in a few seasons to hold firm and draw a very close game against a competitive Henry’s side.

Southam batted first and put on 29 for the first wicket before a tricky delivery reared up on Aaron Sutcliffe who defended it to their Wicketkeeper. Freddie Hart threatened early on, but was unlucky to be given out to the very thinnest of edges. Ben Leahy batted well for his 16, and Dom Goddard played some solid strokes for his 4, but it was Oliver Clarke who steered us to our total with an unbeaten 27.

Henry’s openers started their reply confidently accelerating to 36 off 6 overs. However, needing 89 to win their wickets started to fall at regular intervals. 3 wickets a piece for both Ben Irving and Louis Pilgrim gave us a chance, but it still looked as though Henry’s would have enough to get their target. However, Man of the Match Oliver Clarke, having played so well with the bat, bowled vital tight overs at the end and it was fitting that he picked up the last wicket when the scores were level.

Congratulations to all the played and it was a fitting way to finish your season and Cricket at Southam.

Well done,

Mr MacGibbon

Life Skills – Year 10 Work & Employability Skills


Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June lunchtime 12:30-1:10 in the ALS.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain further advice and guidance on making a good impression through a CV and a Covering letter. Do go along to these extra sessions kindly offered by Mr Hughes our Careers Advisor to help improve your CV before your Mock interview. 

Your Mock interviews take place on you Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June and you will need your CV and covering letter printed in preparation for this! Look out for the timetable being launched with the time and date of your interview from early next week, speak to your Life Skills teacher and Tutors. 

Don’t forget you can access a range of fantastic support resources to help you write your CV, a covering letter, an application form but also to prepare for a job interview and searching for jobs/apprenticeships.

Best of luck for your interviews. Mrs Campbell,- Birch, Mr Hughes and the Life Skills team. 

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