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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Geography Trip

10A and 10C are getting stuck into their human geography fieldwork in Llandudno. Crossing our fingers for the good weather to continue!


Spelling Bee Heats

Shakespeare and Godiva kicked off the spelling bee today, an amazing turn out from both houses with some incredible spellers! Looking forward to the rest of the week of heats. Whittle tomorrow lunchtime and Webb Ellis on Thursday in M5!

Geography Trip

It’s a beautiful morning in Snowdonia, 10B are going to complete their river study today and 10D are off to climb Snowdon!

Field sketching in the sunshine

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Finishing the day at the impressive Aber Falls!


Beautiful day for fieldwork along the Afon Rhaeadr-fawr and Afon Aber.

Warwickshire Schools Athletics Championships

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Warwickshire Schools Athletics Championships at the Edmondscote Track on Saturday.

There were some great performances, personal and season’s bests and qualifiers for the Warwickshire Team at the Mason Trophy next weekend.

Junior Girls (Yr 8 & 9)

Ruby Wood: 100m 3rd – 13.4 sec (pb)

Georgia Eversden: 800m 2nd – 2.30.7

Elspeth Unitt:1500m 3rd – 5.18

Izzy Alexander: Discus 7th – 15.09m

Inter Girls (Yr 10 & 11)

Rositsa Gugutkova: 3000m 1st – 12.25

Cerys James: Discus 4th 18.52m

Junior Boys (Yr 8 & 9)

Owen de Souza: 300m 3rd – 40.7sec (pb)

Inter Boys (Yr 10 & 11)

Jacob Watson: 1500m 4th 4.56

Will Eadon: High Jump 1st – 1.70m

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English Language Exams – Done!

Well done to everyone in Yr 10 for completing their English Language Exams.

You have conducted yourself fantastically both in the revision sessions and in the exams. You have been a credit to Southam College, and both Mrs Kaye and I are very proud of you. If there is any justice your efforts will be rewarded with some exceptional results in the summer.

All the best and enjoy your weekend. You deserve it.

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English Revision

Year 10, if you collected an English paper 2 from E7 to use as revision you will need to use the top tips sheet to create your own questions. Alternatively, please revise from this past paper which is attached. This one comes with questions. Good luck!



English Language Revision Session

Huge recognition to the fantastic attitude of Year 10 students in attending half term revision for their English Language GCSEs.
Over a hundred students came in to the session lead by Mrs Browne with Mrs Kaye, Miss Clough and Mrs Watkins also in attendance.

We are thrilled that students have such focus on their own learning and this bodes extremely well for final exam preparations.

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English Department’s Student of the Half Term

Congratulations to Owen, Charlotte, Harvey, Jasmine, Jack, Georgia and James for being awarded the English Department’s Student of the Half Term in their year group. The students have shown great enthusiasm towards English in their lessons – keep up the hard work! a1.png

TOWN CHAMPS 2018 (years 9 & 10)

Yesterday teams from years 9 and 10 competed in the Central Warwickshire Athletics at Edmonscote. Outstanding performances from Izzy Alexander in the discus who won, Rositsa Gugutkova won her 1500m race, Georgia Eversden won her 800m with a time of 2:34 and Sarah Costa came 2nd in both her long jump and javelin events. Owen De Souza came 2nd in his 800m race, Oscar Wall came 3rd in the 100m race and Mackenzie Spillman-Penn came 3rd in the shot put.

Overall a great day out with lots of success! The greatest achievement of them all was the year 9 girls team winning the whole competition for their year group! Well done to everyone who took part.

Miss MacLachlan, Mr MacGibbon, Mr Ginger and Miss Chadwick


Year 10 English Language


Wednesday 23rd May in E7 3.45-4.45 English Language revision for paper 1.

Monday 4th June in E7 3.45-4.45 English Language revision for paper 1 and 2 in preparation for your real examinations which are on June 5th and June 8th.

Year 10, please download and print the following resource to revise for English Language over the holiday. If you are unable to print, please ask your English teacher who will assist with this.

Year 10 English Language Half-Term Revision!

Food Students

If you have borrowed a GCSE Food and Nutrition text book from Mrs James or Mrs Wills please could you return it. Thank you

Year 10 Football Team – District Cup Winners!

The Year 10 Football produced their best performance of the season for their biggest game with a stunning 4-2 victory over Kenilworth. In at times atrocious conditions, our whole team performance was magnificent. Kenilworth were probably confident coming into the game, but we started with a high intensity pinning them back from the whistle and deservedly took the lead through a ‘worldie’ from Beau Craig-Shearer. We had a string of further chances and were unlucky to concede an equaliser. This, however, didn’t phase us and we regained the lead again just before the break.

Following a positive half-time talk, we started the second half in the same attacking, high intensity style that had served us so well in the first half. Both teams had chances before an excellent counter-attacking move was coolie finished by Oscar Bailey. We increased our advantage further when some fancy footwork from Alex Costa forced Kenilworth into conceding a penalty, and George Williams, who had just come on calmly slotted it home. Kenilworth did rally towards the end, and although they did score a consolation at the death, were constantly thwarted by our excellent defence and superb Goal-keeper, Jack Pennington.

A huge congratulation to all the team. It is impossible to single out one player as it was a true team performance from 1-12. A great way to end the season and make amend for the final defeat last year. Here’s to Yr 11!

Work Experience 2018

Every Yr10 student has the opportunity to complete a work experience placement during the Summer Holidays – 23rd July to 31st August 2018.

Students are expected to find their own work experience placements and the relevant self placement form, which can be found on the Yr10 blog needs to be returned to Mr Hughes in the Career office by Friday 29th June 2018.

Southam College will be working in partnership with Changing Education Ltd in the delivery of the work experience placements.  Changing Education Ltd will complete the relevant health and safety checks and risk assessments of all host organisations in accordance with Warwickshire County Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance.

If you require any further information on the work experience programme, please contact Mr Hughes –

Year 10 Football

Southam v Kenilworth

A disappointing result from our first match this week. A depleted team of the bare 11 played a strong Kenilworth squad in a league and cup double-header. Although there was no complaints about the level of effort in the first half, some naïve play and poor decision making left us 4-0 at half time. The team started the second half much brighter, showing some of the quality that they are capable of. Our initial pressure was rewarded with a goal, but unfortunately we couldn’t add to our total and Kenilworth ran in a couple more goals towards the end of the match as our concentration and at times discipline deserted us. Hopefully with a full team tomorrow we will fair better!

KS4 and KS5 House Competition -Get caught revising

The English Department would like to encourage an element of competition into revision to spur you on! During English fortnight and the Easter break, can you capture an image of yourself or a friend hard at work revising?
Can you manage to squeeze some revision in, during the most unlikely trips out?
HAPs for all entries and a prize for the best revision picture. Get snapping!

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Year 10 & 11 English Literature Macbeth Trip 

Letters have been sent home to all students who have places on the Macbeth trip on Tuesday 20th March. The coaches will leave Southam College at 6pm, so please arrive before 5.45pm. Please ensure that you have had something to eat before returning to school as the performance starts at 7pm. Due to allergies, please do not bring snacks containing nuts on the coach. Students can come in non-school uniform that is school appropriate. Coaches will be back to school by approximately 10.30pm, if this changes we will keep you updated.


Coach lists will be pinned up outside the English Office tomorrow, please make sure you know which bus you will be travelling on.

We are looking forward to this fantastic performance!

French Trip Day 3

Quel jour gastronomique!
A day full of food, fun and friendship. Lots of proud teacher moments today watching our students make friends at Jean Bosco school in Guines. Finally we got to meet our penpals of the past few months, and students were fab at talking to and meeting their  French friends. Speed-dating and pictionary started our day, followed by a tour of the school and it’s facilities, and then football, rounders table-tennis and Just Dance. Very proud of Louisa Sixsmith, Holly Driscoll, Katie Shilito, Olivia Constable and Emily Lovett who really came out of their shells here! We also experienced lunch in the French canteen before saying a sad goodbye to all of our new friends. The afternoon bought a hilarious and terrifying visit to the bakery, where under the scary French instruction of Bruno the baker, students formed their own croissants (or tried to.. we won’t mention any names here, Luca del Torre). More food followed with our trip to the creperie, where students made their own crepe batter, then all flipped their own pancakes (again with varying success). They also all created together a beautiful marzipan cake topper! On return to the hotel, we were treated to an amazing five course meal – complete with snails and French cheeses!
. An amazing 21 out of 24 students tried the snails – and Louie Bulyka and Rory Stewart were brave enough to blind taste them! As we write, students are completing a quiz on the trip’s events. We’ll all be very sad to leave tomorrow, but hopefully will have lots of happy memories. We will update the blog with travel times as the day progresses. Bonne nuit!

Year 10 English Language

Students can download an electronic copy of the guides given out last night for Paper 1 and Paper 2 for the English Language GCSE in the English Revision area on the website. The pack contains model responses and checklists for each question – a brilliant resource for revision! Snap Collins Revision Guides will be available from the English Department and in social areas next week for only £1.

French Trip – Day 2

L’aventure continue! Students enjoyed a delicious petit-déjeuner this morning with some freshly baked croissants and chocolate chaud, before heading out to experience the market in Le Touquet. Here students completed lots of speaking challenges, and Mme Spencer and I were extremely impressed with the way students threw themselves into these activities – really proud of the amount of French language everyone tried out on the French vendors! Special shout out to Rory Stewart and gang for their efforts, and Mia Russell, Lily Fraser-Pope and Caitlin Neville.

After a quick visit to the beach, it was on to a local biscuit factory where students learnt about production of this local delicacy (and tried some wares). Etaples Military Cemetery came next, and students spent some time admiring this powerful place before moving onto more food at the chocolate factory.

Well done Louie Bulyka and Jack Waterfield for being the first complete the challenges here! We saw lots of chocolate being purchased at the factory – can only assume it’s presents for those at home!

More games this evening, then rest for our visit to school tomorrow! A demain.

Writing to Describe House Competition.

Year 10 – as part of English fortnight, please get involved by entering our writing to describe house competition.
HAPs for the winner and all entries.
This would also be great practice for your English Language GCSE writing section!
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French Trip – Day 1

Un début magnifique for the French trip this year!

After a smooth crossing on le ferry and a pleasant journey through rolling French countryside, students arrived at the musée de la céramique in Desvres, where under careful instruction in French they created their masterpieces. Charlie Parsons broke down the barriers of conventional pottery with Grahame the Gravy Boat, and I doubt anything like it will ever be made again… c’est incroyable! Special mention also goes to the secret masters of ceramic, Thomas Mills and Jack Waterfield, and bien sur, to Lucy Taylor’s turtle. Their creative instincts fulfilled, students then arrived at our beautiful hotel, Le moulin, and enjoyed their first three course meal (but only after learning all of the cutlery in French!). Students’ powers of logic were well tested after dinner with a variety of logic puzzles, that left us scratching our heads and (quite literally) tied up in knots. Quentin, our animateur, is putting all the students to the test as he speaks to them exclusively in French, and today Erin Day, Jodie Bates and Louie Bulyka really shone as helpful students who are rising to this challenge!

What will tomorrow have in store for us?

German Exchange

Tuesday morning was spent with 3D crazy golf where Southam and Hölderlin students enjoyed the illusion of an underwater world whilst playing. This was followed by a visit to the Porsche museum educating students about all things Porsche old and new. Vorsprung durch Technik.

Year 10 & 11 Macbeth Trip

Thank you for all payments for the Macbeth Trip on Tuesday 20th March. ParentPay has now closed – if we have received payment and reply slip this has secured a ticket. Letters outlining the details of the trip will be sent to all students who have purchased tickets later this week. Students will travel to the venue by coach, meeting at the entrance to Southam College at 17.30 as coaches will be leaving just before 18.00. The performance begins at 19.00 and has a two hour twenty minute running time (including interval), coaches will return to Southam College at approximately 22.30. The English Department are really looking forward to this fantastic performance and sharing this memorable experience!

German Exchange

Today we explored the beautiful medieval town and spa of Bad Wimpfen where Southam students and partners learned about German history followed by Kaffee und Kuchen oder heiße Schokolade.  Lecker!


To help students come to lessons with the correct equipment for their GCSE course and exam, the Design and Technology Department at Southam College have put together a clear pencil case that includes 1 ruler, 1 eraser, 4 drawing pencils, a set of 12 coloured pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 4 black pens, 2 black fineliners, 2 highlighter pens and 1 glue stick. The cost of pencil case will be £5.00.

If you would like to place an order, parent pay is available or payment can be made by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Southam College.

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German Exchange

Day 1 at the Hölderlin Gymnasium:
Southam College students were greeted warmly with a delicious German breakfast followed by ice-breaker games for students to get to know their partners in the morning. The afternoon was spent with sports and fun to round up a successful first day.
Auf Wiedersehen morgen in Mannheim!

Apprenticeships with Warwick District Council

We’re looking for people with passion, drive and ambition to kick start their career with Warwick District Council – people like you.
From September 2018 we will be offering a range of exciting Apprenticeship opportunities which will give you the chance to work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills and qualifications – all with the aim of getting your career off to a flying start.

Ski Trip – Day 4

Amazing day skiing at Zell! Students skiing brilliantly, all are making progress with their skills. Both beginner groups are developing their technique on the slopes, the intermediates tackled a difficult red and the advanced have been challenged by the instructor with some mogul techniques.

Only 2 days left! Quiz tonight.

Ski Trip Update

Perfect conditions for today’s lessons! All groups are making huge progress. Instructors have commented on how brilliant the students are being and are impressed with their willingness to learn!
Advanced had a carving clinic, intermediates learnt how to ski in a line, beginner 2 practised their turns and beginner 1 mastered a section of a red run!!
Great day all round.

Ski Trip Day 3

All groups skiing extremely well in the difficult conditions!
The advanced group were practising their short turns, the intermediates did some jumps and both beginner groups made it down their first big run together!
Looking forward to a day skiing in Zell tomorrow.

Ski Trip Day 1

A great first day on the slopes, difficult visibility for all but able to find some sun in the afternoon!

All groups made it onto the slopes, advanced group tackling the major reds of the resort, the intermediates went down some tricky blues and the beginner groups got onto the glacier to practice their turns!

Looking forward to a sunny weather forecast for tomorrow!

Y10 English Language Revision Sessions

Year 10, your English Language Paper 2 PPE is fast approaching. If you would like some support, please come along to E7/E8 and attend the after school revision sessions
Paper 2 Reading Revision = Weds 28th Feb 3.45pm-4.45pm
Paper 2 Writing Revision = Weds 7th March 3.45pm-4.45pm
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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze

Reminder of the training day on Saturday 10th Feb 9-5PM.

Please remember to bring appropriate shoes/boots for walking, plus waterproofs and a hat/scarf/gloves.  A packed lunch is also needed and your phone to contact home if the session finishes early/late.

Any issues please see Mr Bradbury

KS4 and KS5 Debate Society

Interested in discussion and debate. This Friday we will be focusing on the issue of gender.

Come and join in the discussion about whether ‘gender equality is achievable’ in todays society.

Join us in LS2 tomorrow during lunch.

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Year 10 Netball

The year 10 netball team last night headed to Princethorpe for a friendly match. The team had a tough match with Princethorpe players dominating some of the play, however a huge team effort meant Southam never gave up!! Some amazing shooting from Madi Smith and Cara Andrews with the support of Carmen Ellis Greenway, Cerys James and Kacie Morby meant that the team worked well together working the ball through the court. Lucy Parker, Alice Dillon and Ruby Cole had a tough time in defence but worked together to pressure the Princethorpe attack. The whole team kept their heads up throughout and although lost overall, there were some positives to take away! Looking forward to the next few games before they head to PGL on their Netball Trip.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Training Saturday 10th February Message for all participants.

Timings of the day: (we will finish a little later than last weekend)
9am – 11:30am – Indoor session picking up on what we haven’t yet covered from the training framework.

11:30 – 14:00 – Route planning for the bronze qualifying in the White Peak, Derbyshire.

14:00 – 16:30/17:00 – offsite walk. Smaller groups of approx 10-15 per staff member. Practical navigation practice in the local area.

Students need to bring:

– waterproofs / warm coat
– woolly hat & gloves
– footwear appropriate for muddy and wet conditions (ideally walking Boots, but wellies or sturdy trainers would be acceptable).

Any questions please speak to your D of E school leader or Mr Bradbury

English Revision

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Gingerbread Houses

Our Y10 students have enjoyed making and decorating gingerbread houses.
Our Christmas star baker is Leila Scott
Thank you to Suzanne Evetts Florists for helping out with gift wrap.
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What’s the Big iDEA?

iDEA is a programme that helps you develop digital and enterprise skills for free. Through a series of online challenges and events, you can earn career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd.
Discover skills you never knew you had and hone the ones you’ve already got by taking a series of online challenges. The challenges are split into four main categories and will help you show off what you’ve learned and could, when the time comes, help you land the job you want.
iDEA aspires to be the digital and enterprise equivalent of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
To find out more, and sign up, access the website here: or see Mr Sycamore in IT1

Glove Collection

Southam College are collecting for the homeless this Christmas. With recent weather conditions, you could make a huge difference to someone’s Christmas. We are asking all students and staff to donate at least one pair of gloves for someone less fortunate than ourselves. Together we can change someone’s Christmas! ‘Alone we can do so little; together we  can achieve so much’. #BritishValues

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Does the world of Cyber Security interest you? 

Do you have what it takes to have a career in Cyber Security?  Does the world of Cyber Security interest you?  The Government Cyber Schools Programme are looking for future Cyber Security experts and would like you to apply!

This opportunity is open to anyone in Years 10 to 13 and does not require you to have studied ICT or Computer Science. Interested students should come to a meeting in IT1 on Monday 11th Dec at the beginning of lunchtime.  Parents can also sign up to support their own children who would like to join in independently.  To find out more visit this link:

Music Tuition Payments

Please be aware that contracts and invoicing has been delayed due to changes in the finance office. The majority of students are having the instrumental lessons that you have requested and the final contracts will be sent out accordingly as soon as possible. Once contracts have been signed and returned, the payments will be set up on Parent Pay. We apologise for the delay.


To help students come to lessons with the correct equipment for their GCSE Textiles course, the Design and Technology Department at Southam College have put together a clear pencil case that includes paper scissors, fabric scissors, 1 stitch ripper, 1 pack of needles 1 tape measure, 1 fineliner, 1 glue stick, 1 tacking thread, 1 tailors chalk and a pot of pins. The cost of the pencil case will be £10.00.
If you would like to place an order, parent pay is available or payment can be made by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Southam College.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Technology Department.

Year 10 Rugby

Boys II Men, but it is just the start of the road!

The Year 10 Rugby team came of age on a wet, cold morning on Saturday at Southam. Against a strong Lawrence Sheriff team, that had comprehensively beaten us last year, it would have been easy to have put in a half-hearted display, but this year we have developed a mature resilience and tenacity, giving us the belief that we can complete on a level with any team.

A spirited front row, fierce tackling from our forwards and centres, some excellent kicking under intense pressure and great support, kept Lawrence Sheriff out until right at the end of the first half. Still a score of 0-7 was a massive improvement on their last encounter.

With a couple of changes at the break, we started with the same endeavour, taking the match to Lawrence Sheriff, but some of the relentless contact was starting to take it’s toll. They crossed a few more times with some well executed moves, but with the clock ticking down, we were able to exert some pressure of our own and when Alfie Potter crossed at the end we got our just rewards for a wonderfully spirited display.

It was a mightily impressive effort from all the team, and picking a Man of the Match impossible, from the tireless tackling of Freddie hart and Ben Irving, to the line busting runs from Charlie Thwaites, Joe Bramley and Mackenzie Spillman-Penn and some fantastic last-ditch tackling from Greg Virr.

Well done to you all and I am looking forward to our next match against Princethorpe College on Sat 16th Dec.

Mr MacGibbon
Head of Year 10 – Southam College

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Skills Show

Yesterday a group of Year 10 students visited the Skills Show at the NEC. The skills show is the UK’s largest skills and career event. Students were able to engage with many employers including BAE systems, IBM, Severn Trent and the Armed Services. Student experiences included laser cutting, stage make up and virtual reality design.


The Sabrina Jones Photography Competition

Today Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust is launching a Photography competition to celebrate the life of a beautiful, inspirational young lady, Sabrina Jones that attended Southam College.

Sabrina had a passion for Photography and it was her wish that we annually run this competition.

Please send your entry to, label your picture clearly with your name and school. 
Winners will be announced on the 18th December, all entries must be emailed by Thursday 14th December.