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Welcome to Southlands School!

Our promise to our students and their families is that we will always be ‘helping young people to help themselves’. This lies at the heart of everything that we do. Our students are encouraged and reminded to ‘keep being great’ and as TEAM Southlands we work together to ensure that each young person achieves THEIR very best and beyond!  We see the ‘individual’ as we know one size does not fit all and pride ourselves on our positive and honest relationships by adapting to meet interests as well as the needs of our students.

We are an 11-16 secondary special school in North Shields based over two sites.  All of our students have an EHCP. They have a range of abilities and difficulties associated with their diagnosis of ASC.

We look forward to working with parents and carers to really make a difference for all of our students. We also work with external professionals so that we can best support our students and their families.

We have designated curriculum teams to fulfil our ambitious curriculum and ‘student support’ teams who support students on their journey through school with us.  

Our curriculum team is made up of specialist teachers and support staff to offer the national curriculum as well a wide range of external accreditation.   We encourage our teachers to be creative and step outside the box! 

Our student support team who are housed in our popular “hub” and are always on hand to provide advice, guidance and pastoral input so that our young people are ready and able to learn and to deal with the curve balls life can sometimes deal. 

At Southlands we know that our students, staff and visitors should feel safe, secure and valued whilst they are in our school.

We offer regular tours for prospective families so please get in touch if you would like to come along to see what we are all about. 

Latest News

Good news! The fourth edition of our newsletter The Buzz! is now out, as well as our parent information leaflet You can download your copies here.

This May Help - Children's Mental Health Advice Aimed at Parents and Carers

This week has seen the launch of This May Help, a new national initiative providing mental health advice to parents and carers. This May Help is aimed at


parents and carers who may have concerns about their child’s mental health and is part funded by the Quality Improvement Taskforce for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Inpatient Services.


The website gives easy-to-follow advice to help families manage their child’s mental health. This advice was developed by NHS professionals and parents who’ve been through their own child’s mental health journey. Parents and carers have shared advice that helped them and that may also help other families.

We were on TV!! If you would like to view the ITV local news film article regarding Music teaching and Southlands School please click here.

Parent Information

Please see our school calendar for some key dates.

NEW! Acceptable Use IT Policy for Parents / Carers and Children


We are inviting all parents/carers to support the school’s approach to online-safety by role modelling safe and positive online behaviour for their child and by discussing online safety with them at home. Many parents already do this and we want to encourage and support others.


We are adopting a new home ’Acceptable Use IT Policy’ for you to discuss with your child and sign. We feel that it is good to involve children as much as possible in the decision making process, and believe a shared commitment is the most successful way to achieve this.


To download your copy of this new policy please click here

NTC Workshops


North Tyneside Council are hosting some parent / carer workshops. For more information please click here.

Message from Go North East Regarding Industrial Action

While dedicated scholars’ buses normally operated by Go North East will operate as normal during the strikes as they have been prioritised, please be aware that these services are likely to be extremely busy and there is no available resource available to increase capacity on these routes.


For children, parents and staff that normally travel on local Go North East services to and from school, there will be no skeleton services in operation.


For holders of Go North East Season tickets (weekly, monthly, annual passes) please note these will be accepted on Tyne & Wear Metro services during the strike periods, please show staff your pass to travel.


Where people can, we advise them to make alternative arrangements.

We are an Operation Encompass School


We are an Arts Award Centre


At Southlands we take part in School Games

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