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BREAKING NEWS: The Chronicle has ranked Seaton Burn College in the Top Ten North East schools for A Level. Link
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers,
Another week seems to have flown by as we send out another Newsletter to our parents.
Seaton Burn are ‘buzzing’ with delight to learn of the success of our national bid to the Polli:Nation project. Of the many applications, we are one of 260 schools in the UK to be chosen to work with national company, Learning through Landscapes, to help transform some of our outdoor spaces to become pollinator-friendly habitats encouraging bees and butterflies to thrive in the area. More to follow in our full bulletin next week!
Sixth Form Experiences
Students and staff from across our partnership of three schools have been preparing for sixth form choices with a range of lesson tasters, seminars and visits to the three partnership schools. Feedback from students has been excellent, with real excitement generated and, in some cases, students feeling “spoilt for choice”. There was a real buzz around the lessons and we are looking forward to a good intake this coming year. So far, Law seems to be the subject that is creating the most interest!
Options and Transitions
It is important for us to recognise that students moving between year groups right across the school have a number of curriculum choices to make. We will be helping Year 7 over the next six months to make a small number of choices in their curriculum for next year. Similarly, Year 8 students will enjoy some curriculum choice and, of course, Year 9 will be making significant decisions in relation to their curriculum for GCSE.
The parents of students in Year 9 are already aware that the Government is making significant changes to GCSE standards and qualifications. This makes the guidance which we provide to young people more important this year than it has been in the past so that, under these new and unfamiliar arrangements, we can be confident that we are setting our students up for the best access to opportunity in the future.
New Behaviour and Consequence System
Starting after half term we will be changing the way students earn Positives and Consequences.
- At the start of every week the students Ps will be reset to 100Ps.
- If a student receives a consequence, this will be taken off the 100Ps.
- At the end of the week each student will be awarded a number of credits based on how many Ps they have left.
- Using these credits students can purchase rewards such as:
o Memory sticks
o Nail/Beauty treatments
o And many more
- Students will also receive non-uniform days if they regularly have close to 100ps at the end of the week.
Primary Hockey Festival
I was delighted at the skills and enthusiasm that were on display when Seaton Burn College hosted our Primary Hockey festival on Wednesday this week. It was a close run event with all teams participating well and enjoying the day completely. Congratulations to Fordley who were the eventual winners but well done to all those who helped make it such an enjoyable event.
ESFA National Cup game
Seaton Burn College Year 8 boys’ team play Clitheroe Royal Grammar School in the English Schools National Cup on Monday 8th February. It is a last 16 tie, the game will be played either at Seaton Burn or Wideopen Juniors football pitch, dependant on the weather – keep a look out on the school Twitter Account for details. The game will kick off at 1pm and supporters are welcome! Seaton Burn have previously won this Cup in 2013 and look to continue their excellent history in the national competition!
Parent Governor Election
I’d like to remind all parents that we currently have two Parent Governor vacancies, please see the letter that was sent out from Geoff Short our Chair of Governors at the start of this term. We have already had some parents express interest, if you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor please contact Geoff by Friday 12th February.
I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable weekend.
CHILD SAFETY ONLINE - Parents and Carers please read this guide on children using social media
The following link is an announcement from North Tyneside Fostering and Adoption Service, please read if it applies: Announcement of Adoption Service Review
Training Opportunity for Parents and Carers
- Beacon Hill are running an Autism course – please see the flyer for all the information you will need.
- February Half Term Zoo Club at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens - please see the flyer for all the information you will need
@SEATONBURN - our Christmas edition has been delivered
Y11 English Newsletter is available
Y10 English Newsletter is available
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.