Greater London, Hertfordshire
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The school has Specialist Science Status. The school is situated just east of the Cat Hill roundabout of the A111 and A110, between Cockfosters and Oakwood tube stations. The Trent Park campus of Middlesex University is nearby to the north, on the northern fringe of Greater London's conurbation. Middlesex University has its Cat Hill campus nearby to the east. Although once historically in Southgate, the school is now in the parish of St Thomas, Oakwood, on the boundary with Cockfosters to the west, and on the western edge of Enfield borough, 500 metres east of the Barnet boundary.
Founded in 1907 as Southgate County School, the school was originally housed within Broomfield House, Palmers Green. The school subsequently moved to Fox Lane (also in Palmers Green). In 1960, the Fox Lane site was closed and a new site, in Sussex Way, Cockfosters, was purchased.
In 1967, the school merged with Oakwood Secondary Modern School which was located in Chase Road, Southgate. The Chase Road site became the lower school, for children in their first three years of secondary education (currently referred to as years 7, 8 and 9). In 1991, the Lower School also moved to the Sussex Way site, with the Chase Road site being sold partly for housing and partly to a private school.
The school uses a two week time-table with 5 lessons per day, each lasting one hour. The lower years (7,8) have lunch at 12.20 alongside sixth formers and the upper years (9,10,11) have lunch at 1.25. Every school year is split into different groups, to make classes more efficient. There are two halves to each year; LY and CD halves. The LY half consists of LY, L1, L2, Y1 and Y2. Each being a separate tutor group. The CD half consists of CD, C1, C2, D1 and D2, each again being separate tutor groups. Each tutor group is assigned two colours groups. E.g. Y1 = White and Grey. The people who have white chosen as their colour have classes with others who are also from the white group (however, this may be others from other tutor groups, but never the other half of the year) and the greys, the same. The school years are distinguished by the ties the students wear (or emblems on the blouses, which are available to female students once they start year 9). The current colours are, Red = Year 7, Green = Year 8, Purple = Year 9, Blue= Year 10, Yellow = Year 11.
It was awarded Specialist Science Status in September 2004, which it gained through raising £50,000 and being provided with the necessary funding for a science specialist school. It used the funding to generally improve science facilities purchasing new equipment and renewing laboratories as well as building a hanging laboratory in the middle of the East Wing building (the original Upper School building).
Summer 2007 saw the end of the hundredth year of Southgate School.
On the 11th February 2009, Southgate was awarded Outstanding Status, one of only two in the London Borough of Enfield.
Notable former pupils
- Matt Di Angelo
- Ashleigh Goddard (Winner of Wayne Rooney's Street Striker Series 2)
- Air Vice Marshal Jonathan Lamonte, Station Commander from 2002-4 of RAF Brize Norton
- Jake Hook Multi-Platinum songwriter and producer 1991 - 1998
- Victoria Shalet 1993-2000
- Phil Dyer (National Lottery Winner) 1993-2000
- Phil Tufnell
- Stephen Twigg, President from 1990-2 of the NUS
Southgate County Grammar School
- Peter Baker (footballer born 1931)
- John Bennett
- Sir John Bourn CB, Comptroller and Auditor General from 1998–2008
- Cyril Burgess CB, Chairman from 1991-4 of the Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI)
- Prof Alexander Dalgarno, Phillips Professor of Astronomy since 1977 at Harvard University
- Prof Sir Ronald Edwards, Professor of Economics from 1949-76 at the LSE, Chairman from 1975-6 of British Leyland, Chairman from 1962-8 of the Electricity Council, President of Beecham Group Ltd (1975-6) and President from 1965-9 of the Market Research Society
- Air Commodore Irene Harris CB, Matron-in-Chief from 1981-4 at the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service
- Cecil Hunt
- Lena Jeger, Baroness Jeger, Labour MP from 1953-9 and 1964-79 of Holborn and St Pancras South
- David Lemmon, cricketing biographer
- George Mitchell, who devised The Black and White Minstrel Show
- Warren Mitchell, actor known for Alf Garnett
- Eric Rogers, aeronautical engineer, involved with transonic aircraft at the National Physical Laboratory
- Ron Moody, film actor, who played the part of Fagin in the 1968 British musical Oliver!
- L. J. K. Setright, motoring journalist
- Prof David Wright, Professor of Applied Optics from 1951-73 at Imperial College London, and President from 1967-9 of the International Colour Association
- Rev David Day, Principal from 1993-9 of St John's College, Durham (taught from 1958–66)
- School prospectus
- Enfield Council: Secondary Schools, a history
- Enfield Council: Enfield Chronology
- "IMDB: Biography for Phil Tufnell". Internet Movie Database. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
- "Phil Tufnell". ESPN CricInfo. ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "STEPHEN TWIGG APPOINTED MINISTER FOR SCHOOL STANDARDS". Department for Children, Schools and Families. Department for Children, Schools and Families. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
- Southgate County School notable former pupils Accessed 4th June 2007