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Message from the Principal

(updated 22/4/16)









Dear Parents and Carers,

We have finally found some sunny weather and it has been lovely to see the students walking around outside and enjoying the start of our summer…hopefully.  The first two weeks of term have been good and the students have returned well prepared and well behaved. I thank you for your efforts to maintain this positive attitude throughout what will be a very busy term for them.

I remind you of our drive to make sure that basic expectations are met, without question, by students. This starts with them arriving punctually at the beginning of the day and to all their lessons. It is critically important that we are able to have reasons for any absence from school and that you help students to minimise the need for absences. The direct link between high attendance and high achievement is so strong that we must continue to ensure that children’s attendance is as good as it possibly can be.

The “examination term” presents challenges for students as the potential stress of the additional demands on them builds up. Students will be informed of a number of sessions being run by Mrs Curtis to help them address any feelings of stress they are experiencing, and we would like you to encourage students to attend if you feel this would be beneficial. The sessions will be relaxed and informal but very specific in the techniques that they help students to practise.  I know that Miss Smith has already sent home reams of information for Year 11 students relating to revision and examinations. We will maintain contact with you over changes to the standard timetable this term. These will be made for a number of reasons, including formal examinations, but also some celebratory end of term activities.

Year 7 High Borrans Trip

I’m also delighted to report on a hugely successful Year 7 trip to High Borrans. Students arrived in the Lakes last Friday to find glorious weather with plenty of sunshine, a complete contrast to back home.  Soon after arriving, the students set off on a short navigation exercise around the local area using maps to find their way around.

During Saturday and Sunday the students were split into three groups for various activities. Mr Ayres, Miss Smith, Miss Raistrick and Mr Pace led groups to the Yorkshire Dales where they went caving in Long Churn Cave, on canoeing expeditions to Ullswater and Borrans Reservoir and on a large Ghyll Scramble up Stickle Ghyll.

During the whole weekend the students made all the staff very proud with their exemplary behaviour and attitudes. 


Stay and Play

I am also delighted to report back that we have had a great turn out to our new Stay and Play sessions.  They run every Wednesday in our Theatre from 09.45 until 11.15 up until and including Wednesday 18th of May. We will then break while our Year 11’s sit their Exams and will restart on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.  We will also open during school holidays!

Basically it does what it says on the tin. You bring along your child/children between the age of 0 – 5 during term time, up to age 8 during the holidays, and we provide a fantastic selection of activities for them to play with. We have cars, trains, dolls, dressing up, arts and crafts, reading books, paints, sand and water play and outdoor toys when the weather allows.

So please come along and join us! It’s great fun!

Gosforth and the Academy process

In my previous letter, I stated that we would know by today the outcome of the Due Diligence process that took place last week.  Unfortunately, this is not the case. Gosforth are confident that the process will go ahead but they are in high level talks with the DfE at present regarding finance arrangements and budgets.  I realise that the uncertainty involved is frustrating but there is nothing that we are able to do.  We have been informed that we should know in early May if the process is going to proceed.

I wish you an enjoyable weekend and you will receive another bulletin in a fortnight.

Warm regards,


Steve Campbell                   

Acting Principal        


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


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



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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.