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Summer Bulletin - Click Here!


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

(updated 19/7/16)









Dear Parents and Carers,

As I am sure you will agree, it is almost unbelievable that this school year is nearly over.  It has been a challenging year in many ways, but one in which we have made many significant improvements.  We couldn’t have made these improvements without the staff, parents and students pulling together and we genuinely appreciate the support that our families and friends have given us.  The successful HMI report we have had recently will act as a springboard for future improvements

The last couple of weeks have been excellent in terms of participation and enjoyment in the range of college activities.  Last night was our Summer Concert and once again, Paul Wilson and his students put on a fantastic display.  This was one of the best performances we have had in terms of variety and quality and it was nice to see so many new faces in the ranks.  On the other side, it was sad to see Linden Philliskirk and Charlotte Anderson perform for the last time on our stage – they have both extremely talented and it has been a joy to see them develop over the years.

Yesterday also saw us run our transition day for Year 6 students.  This was a superb day and the staff were genuinely impressed by the way the students worked and contributed.  We can’t wait for them to join us in September and start their successful journey at Seaton Burn College.

I would also like to mention our Sports Day last week.  Again, it was testament to our students that everyone participated in the day and fun was had by all.  It was won by Endeavour overall but it was a close contest.

Year 11 students enjoyed a lovely prom at the Holiday Inn. Students looked lovely in their outfits with Dillon Robson and Faye Lancaster crowned as Prom King and Queen.

For Year 11 students, a final reminder that results day is on Thursday 25th August from 9.30 onwards, with Sixth Form Enrolment the following day.  For Sixth Form students, results day is on Thursday 18th August, at an earlier time of 8am for Year 13 students awaiting university palces.  We look forward to celebrating the success of our students on these days.

Finally, I would like to wish all students, parents, staff and friends of the college a great summer.  I hope you all have time to relax and spend some quality time together with friends and loved ones.  We look forward to seeing Year 7 students on Tuesday 6th September at 8.40, with Years 8-11 joining us on Wednesday 7th September at 8.40 also.  A separate letter will come from Mr Ayres setting out arrangements for the Sixth Form.


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



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.