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.

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Notes Regarding Students Returning to School

**UPDATED** Please click here to view the latest and updated procedures we are putting in place for the students regarding the current situation around the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Click here to view the North Tyneside Councils 'Back to School Travel Letter'.


During this testing and unprecedented time, if you are under the age of 19 and need help or advice (any young person, not just one of our students) please don't hesitate to contact Childline. Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything.

Childline telephone number: 0800 1111

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Current Advice : Social Distancing

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication

  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy

  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment

  • people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)

  • people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)


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* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs
**** for example via telephone or internet

1 such as anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year


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