Message from Principal, Alison J Shaw
Firstly, I wish all our students and their families and friends a relaxing and happy Easter break. Many of our students are required to undertake considerable amounts of revision preparation for examinations, but they, I hope, more importantly than ever, will enjoy some well earned relaxation as well.
We end the term today after a wonderful fundraising effort in aid of our partnership with Ghana. Students and staff have been in school today in a rich variety of non-uniform and have engaged brilliantly in a range of enjoyable activities all undertaken in the spirit of shared enjoyment and collective commitment to the common good.
We warmly congratulate Ellie Bulloch on a remarkable achievement.
Ellie entered the North Tyneside Young Writers’ Competition. Ellie wrote a beautiful, thought provoking and technically excellent poem which was touching in its simplicity and yet remarkable in its depth. She came second in her age group which covers all of the students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 across North Tyneside. This is a superb achievement and we are proud that Ellie did so well. We pass on our warmest congratulations to her.
Under 16 Girls’ Football
We also warmly congratulate our Under 16 girls’ football team who, as you know, played in the County Championship earlier in the week. They performed outstandingly well and were runners up, winning 6 out of 8 games.
It is with great sadness that we mark today the departure of Phil Smith, whose career in teaching began at Seaton Burn when he joined us as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2009.
The development of Phil’s career to date has been a brilliant example of a reflective and thinking practitioner working in a school committed to the professional development of its staff. Phil is now recognised as a leading practitioner in the region. He is becoming accustomed to presenting to a range of professional audiences the work he has been doing here at Seaton Burn and in collaboration with colleagues. He will be greatly missed, but it is the mark of his professional stature that he has been appointed to a promoted post in Northumberland. We wish him all the best and thank him for the work that he has done with and for our young people.
We remind you that Tuesday 22nd April 2014 is a Staff Professional Development Day and that term begins for students on Wednesday 23rd April 2014.
My very best wishes for a safe and happy Easter break.
Alison J Shaw
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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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