South Wolds Academy

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South Wolds Academy
Church Drive, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5FF.

MottoLucem Quare
("Search for the light")
TrustEast Midlands Education Trust
Department for Education URN138191 Tables
Head teacherHalina Angus
Age range11-18
Color(s)Blue, black and silver

The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form (formerly known as South Wolds Community School, and before that, South Wolds Comprehensive) is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, on Church Drive in Keyworth, Nottingham. It teaches students ages 11–18, and is non-denominational. It was opened in 1967, and has a capacity of 1,114 students, with a current enrolment figure of 820 (as of March 2020).[1]

The school converted to an academy on 1 June 2012.


The academy specialises in languages, and offers French, German, Spanish and formerly offered Japanese, with links to a school in Nagano, Japan. Japanese is the only exception to the vast majority of schools in England. As of September 2015, Southwolds no longer offers Japanese and Italian due to lack of staff.


A new school uniform was introduced in September 2013. It consists of black blazers, black trousers and a white shirt with a royal blue tie (with silver diagonal striping) for male students. Uniform for female students consists of a black blazer, white blouse, a choice of black trousers or a black pleated skirt. An optional uniform choice is the grey unisex jumper.[2]

PE uniform consists of a blue polo shirt, a blue jumper and black or navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms.

Sixth form[edit]

Sixth form are not obliged to wear uniform, and are allowed to use mobile phones during break and lunchtime.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The academy offers the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Award and has partner schools in France, Germany, Spain and Japan.


On the 25 June 2009 police were called to South Wolds Community School with reports of a student being stabbed. A student was arrested and it was reported that the weapon used was a chisel.[3]

On 23 April 2019 The South Wolds Academy was sent into lockdown for around 40 minutes following a security issue in which a student had threatened another student with some reporting that a student outside the school had been spotted with a knife. Two arrests were made of two boys aged 11 and 14 students were held in school for 20 minutes after the end of the school day, until instructed by the police it was safe to leave. The incident was outside of the South Wolds Academy however all schools in Keyworth were on lockdown, it was reported there were armed officers and police dogs present on the scene.[4]


  1. ^ "The South Wolds Academy & Sixth Form - GOV.UK". Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  2. ^ "School Uniform". The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Teenage pupil stabbed in lesson". 25 June 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Hannah (23 April 2019). "Notts school is put on lockdown after pupil is threatened". nottinghampost. Retrieved 23 April 2019.