Southfield Junior School

  • "This is a good school. Southfield is calm and orderly, but has a 'buzz' of activity. Leaders have set out clear and high expectations. Teachers have the secure knowledge of the curriculum to be able to challenge pupils." - Ofsted 2019

Our School Day

Our playground gates (Park Avenue entrance) open early so that the families and children can be welcomed to school by between 8.40 and 8.50a.m.

After being welcomed to school by members of staff and leadership team, the children access the school building independently.

After hanging their coats and bags, the children enjoy morning challenges set by their class teacher. Every morning the children start their day in small and specific groups to enjoy guided comprehension and arithmetic sessions with their teachers and Teaching Assistants.

For children who need further consolidation, sessions are planned to develop their phonic skills to develop the children’s confidence and independence with their reading – a vital skill needed to be able to access an exciting curriculum here at Southfield.

Throughout the morning, linked to the year group’s theme, the children usually focus on English and Maths and with their teacher, follow the National Curriculum. At Southfield, we have specialist HLTAs to deliver computing and art lessons so it’s not uncommon to see children enjoying these aspects of the curriculum early in the day too.

Learning and Playing Outdoors

The children’s morning playtime starts at 10.40a.m. and finishes at 10.55a.m. Our outdoor facilities are expansive and being developed. We are lucky to have a very large playground, a trim trail, a huge field and outdoor seating areas which are used for relaxing and play.


We have a school hall in which we get together for whole school and class assemblies and use the same space for lunch time. At Southfield, lunches are staggered so that everyone has enough space to eat and socialise with friends.

Afternoon Activities

During the afternoon, the children continue to learn about their year group theme and learning about lots of the other subjects within the National Curriculum.

Going Home 

School ends at 3.10pm when children pack up their bags and meet their parents or carers on the playground. We provide a range of clubs and after school activities which usually last until 4p.m. These include: French Club, Swindon Town Football Club, Forest School club, Chess Club and many more.