Since its foundation, IES Antonio Domínguez Ortiz has been an educational leading model of reference within Polígono Sur district. Our goal is the inclusion of the students from this area within public education system to offer them a better future. The school copes with social marginality and faces it in order to reach students educational objectives. For this reason, we make the difference by means of a strong and carefully individualized support to our students, who have significant deprivation both in emotional intelligence and cognitive skills. IES Antonio Domínguez Ortiz consists of 13 units with a total amount of 275 students distributed in Compulsory Secondary Education in three groups of 1st CSE, three groups of 2nd CSE, two groups of 3rd CSE, and one group of 4th CSE. In the case of Post Compulsory Secondary Education (PCSE), our school has 1stPCSE and 2ndPCSE, which are oriented to a further access either to university or to Upper-Level Training Cycles or Studies, additionally there are also two other groups of Basic Professional Training (1st BPT and 2nd BPT). The school staff is composed by 35 teachers, and as non-teaching staff: three concierges, an administrative assistant, a social worker and some partners from the University Residence Flora Tristán (located in the zone). And the cleaning crew composed by four people. The school has suitable facilities and material resources, twelve regular classrooms, one specific classroom for PT (Pedagogy therapist), specific rooms for Technology, Music and Arts, a library, two laboratories (one for Physics and Chemistry, another one for Biology) and some departments dedicated exclusively to different subjects.
The fight against school failure and absenteeism, with rates higher than 55% during last course 2014/2015, are both included inside the general goals of IES Antonio Domínguez Ortiz and the Polígono Sur District Plan. For that reason, our school stands for firm principles such as involvement of all possible educational agents, the search of positive expectations and integration inside the classroom.
Polígono Sur District comes up as a result of the land‐use plan from 1962, trying to give an answer to rural exodus and the eradication of urban slums. A large number of houses were used for relocating marginal communities from different areas of Seville. In addition, the local government remained for a long time unconcerned about this area, not providing the necessary services, which gave way to social problems as poverty, unemployment, school failure and marginality.
To take charge of that situation, the three local, regional and national governments created in 2004 an specific public authority, the Comissioner for Polígono Sur, to implement the Plan Integral para el Polígono Sur, a comprehensive project for the district that adopted measures in Urban planning, Economy, Employment, Health or Education. It included an Education Plan to improve the educational scores by increasing the teaching status and working with the families. IES Antonio Domínguez Ortiz works within this Education Plan, not only to get the integration of the students in the education system but, as an essential part of the public politics for this depressed area, to give them the instruments to reach a better life.