Southlands Academy for IGCSE studies an opportunity to study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education at Southlands English School in Rome.

Within Southlands Academy, you have a local centre for post-14 studies and will not have to make a long and exhausting journey in order to continue your education. By progressing naturally to Southlands Academy, you will build on the excellent foundation you have already achieved in preparation for your future profession and will not experience the ‘dislocation’ that can often follow a change of school. If you are thinking of joining us for IGCSE studies, you will be made to feel really welcome, and you will quickly feel at home in the positive, caring family community that is Southlands English School in Rome.

On entering Southlands Academy students start a new phase in their education. They will enter either Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11 for students of 14 to 16 years of age) where they will enjoy the opportunity to follow a two-year courses, many leading to external examinations known as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or they will enter Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13 for students of 16 to 18 years of age) where they will follow a 2 year course (IBDP) leading to qualifications that are widely recognised for entry into universities throughout the world.

IGCSE is the national examination taken by all fifteen and sixteen-year-olds in England and Wales during Years 10 and 11. About half a million young people take the examination, with many choosing to continue with the IBDP.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Booklet for students starting Year 10 in September 2015 is available in the drop-down-menu Information for Parents. The examination board that we use for all examinations is Edexcel.

This is the same examination board that we currently use for French and Italian, which are taken at the end of Year 9 at Southlands. Also indicated below are the teachers that teach each subject and, as you can see, they are extremely well-qualified for the task.

As the number of students taking IGCSE and A level at Southlands increases, it may be possible and necessary to offer more options. Most students at Southlands already have two language IGCSEs, so French is being offered for students who have completed the preparation programme.

Pastoral and Supplementary Support
The pastoral element of Southlands Academy 10 to 13 is very important for the students. Form Tutors play a key role. Mr. Bradshaw Bastida, Head of Senior School and IB Diploma Co-ordinator, takes a keen interest in our Key Stage 4 and 5 students and are able to advise them on subject choices, university entry and careers. Our Southlands Academy pastoral system is led by a team of experienced form tutors in which we support our students in coping with the physical and emotional personal changes they are going through at this stage in their lives; help them to optimise their study methods so they can reach their maximum potential; and guide and facilitate their investigations into post-18 study and future career opportunities.

Southlands Teaching & Learning Methodology

  • Active learning is learning which engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations.
  • Co-operative and collaborative learning where learning is frequently most effective when learners have the opportunity to think and talk together, to discuss ideas, analyse and solve problems, without constant teacher mediation.
  • ICT and Computing in education where students harness new information and communications technologies and the implications this has for their learning.
  • Peer education: an approach where young people are actively involved in each other's learning.