Message from Principal, Alison J Shaw
September 29th 2014 : Celebration of Achievement
The Seaton Burn annual Celebration of Achievement was attended this week by hundreds of students, staff, governors, parents and guests of the school.
We were proud to welcome internationally renowned trend forecaster and businesswoman, Joanna Feeley of Trend Bible, as our Guest of Honour this year. Joanna spoke to students of her journey from her home village in the North East, and her uncertainty at school about what she wanted to achieve, to a life of creativity and excitement in New York and then international business success back in the North East. Her message to all of us was about recognizing what we enjoy and are good at and seizing any opportunity we can to find out more about how to put our talents and interests to good use. Joanna has promised to work more closely with students who are interested in exploring opportunities in creative industries in the North East.
Mr Campbell spoke about how our new Houses are inspiring students to take on leadership responsibilities and further develop the democratic voice of students right across the school.
Indeed, last week saw Seaton Burn students of all three Houses working together to lead us all in raising money for Macmillan Cancer Suppoort. Our coffee morning was completely run by students : Mrs Rutherford in the Refectory kindly allowed them to sell their produce at break, and more cakes were on sale at lunchtime as well. Thanks, too, to the other staff involved - notably Mr Brooks, who supported the students and Miss Breeze and Mrs Corby, who spent Thursday evening overseeing them cooking huge numbers of cakes in House colours!
Year 7 Parents' Tutor Consultation Evening 5.00-7.00 pm Thursday 2nd October
A reminder to Year 7 parents that they will be warmly welcomed to Seaton Burn on Thursday night to meet their child's Tutor and to find out how well they have settled in and share any questions or concerns.
Alison J Shaw
Ofsted 2012 : "This is a Good School" Full details
Ofsted's key findings from our recent inspection (December 2012):
- This is a 'Good' school.
- Students achieve well and nearly all make good progress from their starting points.
- Teaching is good overall, with a substantial proportion that is outstanding.
- Students enjoy school and are proud to be part of it.
- Students feel safe and their parents unanimously agree that they are.
- A calm, happy atmosphere found all around the school.
- Behaviour and attitudes to learning are good, and sometimes outstanding.
- Students are respectful, polite and courteous to adults. They are especially welcoming and helpful to visitors.
- Bullying is not a problem.
- Provision in the sixth form is good. Students achieve well; teaching is consistently good and prepares students well for the next stage of their lives.
- Leadership at all levels demonstrates the ambition and determination to drive improvement and raise students' achievement further.
- The Principal inspires staff and students to be the best they can.
- Learning is successful because teachers make good use of their knowledge of students' needs and set a good level of challenge.
- Students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school's drive to develop well informed, tolerant, caring young people.
- Members of the governing body provide excellent support and challenge for the strategic development of the school.
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