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Congratulations to our Year 11 students for their results they have achieved this summer.

59% of students achieved a 4 or above in English and 56% achieved a 4 or above in Maths.  The percentage of students with 5 Cs or above (including Maths and English as a 4) is 46%.

As you may be aware, results this year are a combination of the old grades and new numerical grades.  Particular congratulations go to:

* Thomas Boughen who, obtained a Grade 9 in Maths (exceptional performance),  Grades 6 and 7 for English Language and Literature, 3 A*s, 2 As and 3 Bs.   

 * Charlie Moses, who obtained a Grade 8 in Maths, Grade 8s in English Language and Literature, 3 A*s and 4 As

 * Shaun Carter, who obtained a Grade 8 in Maths, Grade 7s in English Language and Literature, 5 A*s, 2As and a B.

 * Erin Clift who obtained a Grade 6 in Maths, a Grade 9 in English Literature (exceptional performance), a Grade 7 in English Language, 1 A*, 2 As and 4 Bs.

 We wish all of Year 11 the best in the future! 



 Congratulations Year 13 Class of 2017 - Best results in the last 5 years!

100% Pass Rate in all qualifications

70% of all grades A*-C

This year, Seaton Burn College students achieved their best ever A Level results for 5 years with all students achieving 100% pass rate in their A Level exams for the first time in the college's history.  The number of top grades has increased by 10% and the college is overjoyed with the efforts and achievements of the students.  70% all grades were A*-C and 38% were A*-B.

The students who excelled include Lucy McAdam who achieved A* grades in both Geography and Sociology and has been accepted into Newcastle University.  Niamh Mallen was rewarded for her efforts at Seaton Burn with A grades in Mathematics, PE and Chemistry and will now move to Loughborough to begin her degree in Sport.  Ellie Bulloch who has accepted a place at Nottingham University to study French with History achieved A grades in both these challenging subjects.  Zoe Ritson will continue to Leeds University, to study Geography, having achieved 2 A grades and a B grade in her subjects.

A number of other students achieved A grades in Mathematics and Biology, including Joe Wilson and Thomas Barton.  Seaton Burn College Head of 6th Form - Chris Ayres stated "We are pleased to see that the dedication and hard work of both students and teachers have provided us with an excellent set of results this year.  The college has improved in all areas of our post-16 results and we have some outstanding subject results and individual achievements.  I would like to wish all the students the best of luck in their future studies." 


Message from the Principal

(updated 11/12/17)









Dear Parents and Carers,  

Well, here we are!  Snow is in the air as we move into the last couple of weeks of what has been a particularly busy term.  On this note, I would like to add that we will always update our website immediately in the exceptionally rare circumstances that the school cannot open.  However, we have an extremely good record at keeping our doors open and we will not close unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.


As you may be aware HMI conducted a monitoring visit on the 28th November. We were very pleased with the outcome as the HMI lead stated that we have made effective progress towards coming out of special measures. The official report should be issued by the start of next week and we will share this with you on the website as soon as we have it.


I’d like to praise our Year 11 students on their responsible and hardworking attitude to their practice examinations. It was a challenging and focused week of revision and very serious exam practice.  I have had feedback that students were well behaved and took the process seriously.  We look forward to some impressive results and there will be a formal results day on the 20th December.


On Thursday 7th December the Year 10 Triple Scientists attended the 2017 Festive Lecture at the Centre for Life.  The lecture was given by Professor Emma Stevenson, a senior lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science at Newcastle University.  The students learned how sport science supports everyone including young, old, amateurs and performance athletes to optimise their performance, improve their fitness and recover from injury.  The lecture highlighted that exercise is a foundation to a long and healthy life – watching two 91 year old men running a 100m race was very inspiring!  The students were also very fortunate to be introduced to guess speaker, Dr Paul Catterson, Club Doctor at Newcastle United FC.  Dr Catterson illustrated how NUFC work with all the players to measure individual’s performance, plan for potential injuries and how to manage the player’s emotional wellbeing on a daily basis. 

Mrs Long said “it was a real pleasure taking the students to the lecture – they were great company, behaved impeccably and I am sure enjoyed the experience.  Many thanks to Miss Raistrick who supported the group.”


Our Netball team has continued to do well and Miss Smith was impressed at the girls' resilience when due to building work they had to walk to the site through the snow a few weeks ago! Everyone is welcome to the sessions, Year 7 and 8 on a Monday evening and Year 9 on a Thursday evening.

Year 7 had their first football matches this term and took part in the North Tyneside tournament, we expect great things from them! 

Year 8 and 9 also had a good start in their football league beating Blyth in good form.  Unfortunately they lost by one goal to John Spence despite dominating the game, they are a great team and are lovely to watch. Again, all girls are welcome to football on Wednesday evenings.


Our Health, Beauty and Wellbeing department will be opening its doors on the 14th for its popular Christmas event. The event is led by 6th form students assisted by Year 10 & Year 11 who are working on their business skills and customer service.

The event is always well attended by members of our community, both clients and new visitors as well as staff, students and family members.

There will be a wide array of goodies on offer as well as our famous raffle which includes a beauty hamper worth over £250!  From mini make overs to Christmas gifts the event is one not to be missed!

All money raised will be reinvested into the salon and will help us purchase new equipment that will also allow us to introduce some new treatments. 

If you would like to purchase gift vouchers for Christmas please contact the salon on 0191 236100 ext 215. 


As we find ourselves nearing the end of the term, I want to clarify arrangements for the next two weeks. Our annual Christmas concert is being held on Tuesday 19th December at 6.30pm, in the College Theatre.  Our concerts are well known for providing a warm and uplifting celebration of young people’s talent, and are always a joy to attend! Tickets are available at the front office so make sure you get yours before they sell out!

On the 14th students will enjoy a fantastic festive lunch and on the last day of term students are permitted to wear non-uniform and are encouraged to wear a Christmas Jumper and asked to make a donation of at least £1 for charity

Other than this all lessons will go on as usual and school finish times remain unchanged.

PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER THAT THE FIRST MONDAY BACK IS A TRAINING DAY FOR OUR SCHOOL.  The new term will start on Tuesday 9th January for all students.

As we move into this happy and exciting run up to Christmas, I wish you an enjoyable and safe few weeks. I will send out another newsletter in the last week of term highlighting upcoming important events taking place in January. 

Warm regards,


Steve Campbell

Acting Principal




Attendance is one of our key college priorities as for the past 2 years we have been below the national average.  Our attendance currently sits at 93% and we need to ensure that we can get this to over 95%.

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that a holiday will be educational, but your child will still miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive.

Children returning for a term time holiday are also unprepared for the lessons that build on the teaching they have missed. When teachers have to give more time to help individual children catch up on missed work, other students in the class may miss out on help, and under-achieve as a result. This is a situation that we all have a responsibility to avoid.

In the past we have indicated that if holidays are taken during term time that they will not be authorised. However, we have never, before, prosecuted for term time holidays. Please note that as from January 2018 we will consider prosecution should students be taken out of school during term time if the holiday leads to a student falling below the 90% threshold set by the Government for Persistent Absence. 

As a school, we are working hard to raise standards and attendance is an integral part of that. I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment.


Mrs Cassidy

Lead for Attendance and Child Protection


Year 7

Monkseaton Middle 2 - Seaton Burn College 6

Norham 0 vs Seaton Burn College 5

Berwick 0 vs Seaton Burn College 7

Seaton Burn 5 vs Newcastle School for Boys 2

Year 8 

Seaton Burn College 4 - Marden High 5

Ovingham 5 - Seaton Burn College 1

Year 9 
St Thomas More 4 -Seaton Burn 3

Seaton Burn College 9 - Marden High 1

Seaton Burn College 2 - St Aidan's (Sunderland) 5

Seaton Burn College 5 vs George Stephenson High School 3

Year 10 

Seaton Burn College 1 vs Newcastle School for Boys 2

Seaton Burn College 1 vs Bede Academy 1

Upcoming Fixtures

 Wednesday 15th November - 4.00pm ko 

Year 9 - Whitley Bay vs Seaton Burn College 

Thursday 16th November - 4.00pm ko 
Year 7 - NCEA vs Seaton Burn College (County Cup) 
Monday 20th November - 2.00pm ko
Year 7 - Gosforth Central Middle vs Seaton Burn College (ESFA national cup) 
Tuesday 5th December
Year 9 - John Spence vs Seaton Burn College






Week beginning


Key Dates

Exam Intervention






New Tutor groups


Review year 10 / Data






Careers and IAG









Data 1


AM Launch










Parents Evening


AM Meet parents

















Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes


Revision and Learning



Data 2

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM meet





Mock Exam Preparation week






Year 11 Mock (full)







AM check in





















Data 3 and full report



Making Choices and Job prep









22/01/18 Raising Achievement Day

 (with AM input)








IAG programme




Year 11 revision evening (07/02/18)


IAG programme





Coursework focus - subjects






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

IAG programme

Revision and learning



Data 4

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

Food Tech Practical Exams

IAG programme





Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM meet / Positive week





Positive exam week






Year 11 Mock Exam (short)






Review of mocks







Subject revision sessions





Subject revision sessions






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM check in




Year 11 Final Est Grade 5

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes





Exams begin

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes



































Seaton Burn College is an Operation Encompass school - a project aimed at supporting children affected by domestic violence. Please keep an eye out for a letter containing more details of how the project works. 



This bench made by Seaton Burn Year 9 students has now been placed in Five Mile Park, Wideopen









Politeness: let’s make it the norm and not the exception!


We all know that manners cost nothing, and even when we’re having a bad day we all feel better when faced with a simple act of courtesy such as having a door held for us, seeing someone smile at us or hearing the words “hello” or “good morning”. Sometimes these simple acts get lost within the environment of the school and it’s a shame that they can become the exception rather than the norm. We would like to enlist the help and support of our parents and guardians in encouraging all students to be polite and courteous throughout their day. This should include when they are speaking to other students as well as when they are speaking to members of staff. 

  1. The words “please” and “thank you” should be used when talking to other members of the school community.
  2. The act of holding the door open for those behind you should become second nature.
  3. Students should always knock on classroom doors before entering and it is never acceptable to disrupt lessons that have not yet finished by pushing into the door or staring through the window.
  4. Smiling should be standard practice as often as possible.
  5. Students should politely wait to speak to staff when they are engaged in other conversations and avoid interrupting. 

Politeness is an important attribute for all people to have within society because it makes other people feel good and it changes the way people perceive you. If you treat people with respect, they will return the favour. Let’s work together to make sure we equip our young people with the skills that will see them being successful in the ‘real world’. 

A number of posters to reinforce a polite mind-set will be appearing around college in the coming weeks. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Mrs Amanda Lawson

Head of English



Other news: 

Y11 English Newsletter

Y10 English Newsletter


The Chronicle has ranked Seaton Burn College in the Top Ten North East schools for A Level. Link



CHILD SAFETY ONLINE - Parents and Carers please read this guide on children using social media 

Y7 and Y8 Parent Guide is available

From September 2015, Persistent Absence rates have changed - please read this newsletter for more details


I just wanted to offer my support following your recent Ofsted Report. I know this will be a difficult time for the staff and obviously their morale will be affected. My child has had wonderful support during his time at Seaton Burn and the quality of teaching has been brilliant... The staff have motivated him and offered him support whenever he has needed it.  I am sure things will improve for you all over the coming months. Please pass on my comments to the staff. 


I was a little shocked and obviously disappointed to read the letter that arrived on Friday in regards to Seaton Burn's latest Ofsted report.  I have however, taken the time to go online and read the Ofsted report in detail and it sounds as though you have put the correct things in place to turn it around, but time is needed to see if they are effective strategies.  I shall not be attending the parents even for answers to questions as I have every faith that you will do whatever it takes to turn it back around. If you need any support from a parents point of view, let me know what I can do. The school, in my opinion, have always been amazing with my child, particularly through difficult periods of his life... 


We would like to offer you and the staff our full support for Seaton Burn College. Our three children have attended the college for a total of nineteen years. During their time at the school they very much benefited from the cultural aspects of College life as well as acheiving academic success. This, together with the caring and nurturing ethos of the school allowed our children to mature into confident and happy young adults.  We wish you and the College every success in the future.


Hello Wonderful Teachers!

We apologise for not attending the recent parents evening to discuss the Ofsted results. We were both at work and unable to make it.

However we would like to say that our son, has always been happy at school and we believe he receives excellent teaching and care. There is certainly no evidence in his performance that there has been any problems at school and for that we are very grateful.

We would like to wish all the staff in school our very best wishes and that you have our full support.