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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.
In 1967, the school merged with Oakwood Secondary Modern School which was located in Chase Road, Southgate. In 1960, the Fox Lane site was closed and a new site, in Sussex Way, Cockfosters, was purchased. 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 comprises of LY, L1, L2, Y1 and Y2. Each being a separate tutor group. The CD half comprises 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 grays, 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, Yellow = Year 7, Red = Year 8, Green = Year 9, Purple = Year 10 and Blue = 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. There was a celebration and speech by Tony Wilde on 14 July to mark the occasion.
On the 11th February 2009, Southgate was awarded Outstanding Status, one of only two in the London Borough of Enfield.