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Ofsted Monitoring Inspection
Seaton Burn is pleased to announce a really positive HMI inspection that has vindicated all of the hard work that we have put in this year to make serious improvements. Please take the time to read the Inspection Letter by clicking here
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers,
We find ourselves at the end of an action packed half term and I’m sure students are looking forward to a good week’s rest! I hope that you all have an enjoyable half term week with the children at home and that our students come back suitably refreshed, ready for the hard work ahead.
Every year at this time I talk about the fact that Halloween and Bonfire night are around the corner. The Fire Service have conducted assemblies in college to remind students of the risks of making poor decisions at this time of year. I don’t want to be a ‘party pooper’ but you do hear stories every year about children suffering injuries so please discuss this with your child to make sure everyone is safe! On the fun side, we have a Halloween Disco that is open to Year 7 and Year 8 students on the first Tuesday back after half term. Although it has been popular, there are still some tickets left, so if your child is interested then please send them to their pastoral manager to buy a ticket.
Year 11 Parents Evening
I thank all the parents who attended the Year 11 Parents’ Evening last night. We were able to have some extremely constructive discussions with Year 11 parents about ways to impress upon students the amount of work they should now be doing. This is to build up firstly to their practice examinations in December but, of course, they are also on the “last lap” of their journey towards GCSE. With the changes to GCSE exams this year, there is an extra emphasis on knowledge and content and it is important that students start their preparations early enough.
Many thanks go to Miss Lindner and Mrs. Lawson who ran presentations on the work required by students to succeed over the course of this year. If you were unable to attend and would like to receive the printouts of this presentation, please contact Mrs. Davies, the Principal’s PA or alternatively you can find the presentation on our website here. You will find at the end of the newsletter a link to the revision timetable and an overview of Year 11 milestones this year. This should help parents plan and alerts us all to the relatively small amount of time left for Year 11 to accelerate their progress. We are all relying on a strong partnership between student, parents and school to support and scaffold what needs to be done between now and the Summer. We believe that students should be undertaking independent revision every night and every weekend from now on, in addition to their specific independent study. We will continue to provide advice and frameworks for students to plan this, but every student needs their parents’ support, encouragement and, at times, challenge.
I would like to promote our new Praise system that we have at the college this year. Students have received a record number of ‘Ps’ and we are delighted by this. As part of the scheme, ‘Bronze’ certificates will be handed out to those students who have received their targeted amount. Keep an eye out for these coming home in the first week back.
Year 9 Rugby
Our Year 9 Rugby squad participated in an emerging schools tournament at Ashington Rugby club on Thursday 13th October. The boys demonstrated fantastic commitment and determination and were a credit to the school. We narrowly lost to the Queen Elizabeth School from Hexham and the Northumberland Church of England Academy from Ashington. We played our best Rugby in the second game comfortably beating St Benet Biscop School from Bedlington. Well done to all the students involved!
Year 13 visit to the law Courts
Year 13 A Level Law Students attended Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court this week where they witnessed a forensic scientist giving harrowing and difficult evidence in a murder trial. They were able to view the layout of the court room, how each member of the legal personnel works as well as observe how difficult it must be to be a juror in a criminal trial. Sitting between family members of the defendants and the victim made the experience emotionally fraught and tense.
Looking ahead to the first week back I would like to draw your attention to the Year 9 Parent’s Evening on Thursday 3rd November. This is an important event, especially with the start of our new 3 year Key Stage 4, and it would be great to have a full turnout.
Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to all the help and support that parents have given the college over this first half term. It has been gratefully received and I genuinely appreciate it.
Attendance is currently at 95%, which is good but we want it to be better! Evidence suggests that good attendance can make the difference of at least one grade at GCSE.
Thank you for appreciating that good attendance is vital to the wellbeing of your child. Children with a good attendance are more socially confident, develop stronger and lasting friendships, and have better life chances.
Thank you for helping your child understand how important learning is by ensuring good attendance and helping them develop a good attitude to school and their learning. This helps your child become a confident learner who is flexible and able to adapt to the demands of a modern world.
Please do not allow your child to stay off school unless they are very poorly, make medical appointments after school where possible and let’s work together to get attendance up! Mrs Cassidy
Listen to this Classical FM clip - Governor Geof Cape requesting a celebratory piece of music for all of the students at Seaton Burn College who did so well in their exams!
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.
- The words “please” and “thank you” should be used when talking to other members of the school community.
- The act of holding the door open for those behind you should become second nature.
- 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.
- Smiling should be standard practice as often as possible.
- 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
- GCSE English Literature booklet - All classes to use this
- IGCSE Core & Extended booklet - For Miss Doble and Mrs Marshall's classes
- GCSE Higher booklet - For Mrs Lawson's class
HALF-TERM BULLETIN: Our new bulletin is now available to read here.
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.