Who Are We?

Southlands is a two site senior school for children with moderate learning difficulties and autism spectrum conditions. The main Beach Road campus is a small school on a pleasant site. It is surrounded by playing fields and is within a mile of the sea. The school is well equipped and well cared for – it has won the council’s school environment award a number of times in recent years. Students are taught in small classes which ensures that attention can be given to each student’s individual needs. All staff set out to create a safe, pleasant and caring atmosphere in which all students can make academic progress and can develop their personal skills. 

Please see the tab above for specific details on the Melrose provision, which is an autism specific provision for students who can access mainstream desktop study in some areas to GCSE level but who require additional, specific pastoral support.

Latest News

Notes Regarding our New School Uniform From September 2021

After great consultation and discussion, it has been decided that with effect from September 2021, Southlands School uniform will be changing. For more information please click here.

September 2021 Return to School Starting Date

The new school year will start on Monday the 6th September 2021. All students are expected to attend for the first day back after the summer holidays on that day.

Updated Notes Regarding Covid

Click here to view our privacy Notice for Coronavirus Covid 19 – Track and Trace.


We are Hosting an Open Aftenoon on Wednesday 6th October 2021

On Wednesday the 6th October we will be hosting an open afternoon for all parents carers and students in years 5 & 6. Please click here for more information.

Take the Kids for Free - Metro Offer

Tyne and Wear Metro are running their Kids Go Free offer over the school summer holidays this year.


From 19th July, up to three children aged 11 and under can travel anywhere on the Metro or Shields ferry for free, if they are with a fare-paying adult. They hope this offer will encourage families to explore new places and spend more quality time together.


For more information please visit: Take the kids for free | nexus.org.uk

Feedback & Tweets

From a Year 7 annual review:


"The dedication of the staff team is amazing. We can see that in our daughter's development. This is not just a job for you.


From our 2018 leavers:


"Thank you for helping me and encouraging me with my football"


"I'm sad that I am leaving, you have helped me in so many ways and I thank you for everything"


"Thank you for letting me be in this school. I have enjoyed it. See you sometime when I come back and visit. You are a canny headteacher"


"Thank you for being amazing and tolerating me!"


"It has been very re-assuring for us to know that our son was safe and supported during the years he attended. We'll miss our attendances at assemblies and concerts!"


"To Mr Lines & all the fantastic staff at Southlands, we can't thank you enough for all of your hard work and for helping our son to achieve so much during his time at Southlands. We knew as soon as we walked through the door and you showed us around the school that he would fit in and enjoy it. He has blossomed over the last few years and his confidence is much higher. We know there have been a few shaky moments for him, when his behaviour went 'downhill' but you quickly helped him to work through it and gave him extra support."

We are an Operation Encompass School


We are an Arts Award Centre


At Southlands we take part in School Games