INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS
Message from Principal, Alison J Shaw
Firstly I would like to thank a range of visitors, who have joined us over the last week, for all the work they have done on behalf of our young people and for some really excellent opportunities and experiences that they have provided.
On Monday, for our final Super Learning Day of this year, we welcomed a team of Connexions Advisors who worked with Year 8; colleagues from Durham University who helped our Year 5 and Year 9 children to experience some of the terrible aspects of slavery so that they really could understand from a new perspective what it meant to be a slave; a range of visitors who helped Year 10 explore issues of culture; and Michael Rickwood who contributed to the carousel of activities on employability with Year 11.
We were also delighted to welcome Nick Swales from Rathbone’s Investment Bank who gave an inspiring interactive talk to a range of students from Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 during their stretch and challenge session on Wednesday.
- Mrs Dunn and Year 9 students who are commended by the School Nursing Service as the ONLY Year 9 right across North Tyneside with an 100% immunisation record. This is fantastic news for the College, but mainly for Year 9 who are now properly protected against a range of diseases!
- Staff and students of Seaton Burn who are one of only three schools in North Tyneside to achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Award. Both of the other schools to achieve the Award are Specialist Sports Colleges and Mr Jones and his team are to be congratulated particularly on achieving the Award at Silver Level.
World Book Week
Many thanks to Mrs Carville, Mrs Lawson and all of the staff and students who have participated in a range of activities to celebrate World Book Day. A huge amount of discussion and activities have celebrated the joy of reading. This has encouraged our young people both to read and to share their thoughts about their favourite books. Please continue this conversation at home!
We are very excited that Eva Clarke, one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust has agreed to come and speak to staff, students and friends of Seaton Burn on Wednesday afternoon after school. Eva is a world renowned speaker and gives extraordinary insights into her experience and the lessons to be learned from history. Eva was born in Auschwitz and uses her personal experience to raise awareness so that humanity learns from the mistakes of the past. Places are very much limited for this talk but if you would like to attend, please contact Mrs Rees to book a place. The talk will take place between 3.15pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday.
Coffee Morning at St Columba's Church
Takes place on Wednesday 19th March from 10.00am and we encourage you to attend.
Congratulations to Year 11 Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Enterprise students for their Enterprise Events on Wednesday and Friday this week. They have done some fantastic beauty treatments for younger students and presented the professional services offered by the Sparkle Salon in an outstanding and impressive manner.
And finally …….. we wish the very best of luck to our competitors in the North Tyneside Schools Dance Festival which takes place tonight. Very best wishes to Ellie Bullock, Rachel Spratt, Lucy McAdam and Ellen Noke.
I wish you an excellent weekend.
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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