Our Journey

Southway is a subsidiary company of the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust, providing alternative and vocational opportunities in education for students at KS3 and KS4, who may otherwise have been excluded from mainstream school.

The provision was initially based in Middleton, as part of the exclusion trial in 2010 to provide short term placements to support a select group of schools in South Leeds through the Leeds South AIP. Over the years, the provision has developed and grown to accommodate more and more students.

We are now located in Belle Isle, just ten minutes away from the Rodillian Academy. We are situated in a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound, ‘My Space’ building equipped with six classrooms as well as a fully equipped mechanics workshop, recording studio and media suite.

Southway arranges alternative provision for Rodillian academies, and a range of schools from across Leeds and neighbouring authorities. Additionally, we provide a consultancy service to support other local authorities to replicate our best practices and methodologies to improve outcomes for their young people.

Committed to the Rodillian ethos, Southway has clearly demonstrated that even the most challenging and complex students can reach their full potential, and achieve academic success. At Southway, student outcomes continue to remain outstanding, with their last three years of outcomes placing them in the top 1% of alternative provisions, including pupil referral units nationally.

We have extremely high aspirations for our young people and we strive to give them the qualifications and life skills that they will need to move onto the next stage of their life successfully.

I hope the brief outline above gives you an overview of our progress, our provision and our ethos.