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Congratulations Year 13 Class of 2017

Best results in the last 5 years!


100% Pass Rate in all qualifications

70% of all grades A*-C


This year, Seaton Burn College students achieved their best ever A Level results for 5 years with all students achieving 100% pass rate in their A Level exams for the first time in the college's history.  The number of top grades has increased by 10% and the college is overjoyed with the efforts and achievements of the students.  70% all grades were A*-C and 38% were A*-B.


The students who excelled include Lucy McAdam who achieved A* grades in both Geography and Sociology and has been accepted into Newcastle University.  Niamh Mallen was rewarded for her efforts at Seaton Burn with A grades in Mathematics, PE and Chemistry and will now move to Loughborough to begin her degree in Sport.  Ellie Bulloch who has accepted a place at Nottingham University to study French with History achieved A grades in both these challenging subjects.  Zoe Ritson will continue to Leeds University, to study Geography, having achieved 2 A grades and a B grade in her subjects.


A number of other students achieved A grades in Mathematics and Biology, including Joe Wilson and Thomas Barton.  Seaton Burn College Head of 6th Form - Chris Ayres stated "We are pleased to see that the dedication and hard work of both students and teachers have provided us with an excellent set of results this year.  The college has improved in all areas of our post-16 results and we have some outstanding subject results and individual achievements.  I would like to wish all the students the best of luck in their future studies." 





I know that many of you have been waiting for an update about the sponsorship of Seaton Burn College by Gosforth Federated Academies.  The Local Authority, DfE and both schools are working hard behind the scenes to bring this closer.  

At this time we are planning for the official transfer date to be January 2018.  However, Gosforth staff will still be with us in September and will continue to support the school as they have been doing this year. 

In terms of practicalities such as uniform etc.  I would like to reassure parents that the Seaton Burn uniform will remain the same for next year so please go ahead and order your supplies at













Thursday 17th August


Sixth Form Results Day


Thursday 24th August


GCSE Results Day

Monday 4th September


Staff Training Day

Tuesday 5th September


Year 7 Start of Term - 8.40am

Wednesday 6th September


Years 8-11 Start of Term - 8.40am





2016 Results Article   


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 14/07/17)









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. 

For Year 11 students, a final reminder that results day is on Thursday 24th August from 9.30am onwards.   For Sixth Form students, results day is on Thursday 17th August, at an earlier time of 8.00am for Year 13 students awaiting university palces.  We look forward to celebrating the success of our students on these days.

We have a busy week ahead of us, Year 6 students will spend time with us between Monday and Thursday, Year 6s will be involved in a range of exciting activities throughout the week and we look forward to welcoming them in September.

The following highlights the end of year arrangements for students in Years 7 to 10:

Monday 17th July

Timetabled lessons

Non-uniform day £1.00 contribution

Tuesday 18th July

End of Year Trips including Flamingo Land, cinema trip and more 

Wednesday 19th July

Sponsored Walk Day

Thursday 20th July

Sports Day 

Friday 21st July

Tutor time/Assembly (school finishes at 1.00pm)


A reminder that our Summer Concert will be taking place on Wednesday 19th July from 6.30pm.  A fantastic opportunity for you to see and hear the excellent band performing together with a lot of new faces taking to the stage as well.

I would also like to draw your attention to a letter that has been posted home this week to all parents together with a Home College Agreement, we would be most grateful if you could sign the relevant documents and return to the college as soon as possible.  In particular I would like to highlight changes in uniform that is mentioned in the letter, the most significant is a requirement for plain black school shoes.


As we approach the end of the academic year, the focus for our Year 12 students is receiving information, advice and guidance on their progression from Sixth Form.

This week we have taken part in an event at Northumbria University and this is aimed at students who are thinking about applying to university. Our students were joined by Year 12 from Longbenton and George Stephenson and they spent the day taking part in workshops providing information on choosing a course and university, advice on student finance and guidance on how to write the perfect personal statement. We are very appreciative of Northumbria for their organisation and hosting of the event.

We also travelled to The Parks and took part in a careers event organised on our behalf by North Tyneside Learning Trust.   Emma Garrick from Futures Consultancy welcomed our students to the event and gave a keynote speech.  A number of employers from a wide range of sectors were invited to attend to speak to the students about opportunities available after A Level or degree study. They were given information about career prospects and apprenticeships and had the chance to ask questions. We had representatives from Sage, Accenture, NHS, Royal Navy and Air Force, Kier, Balfour Beatty, Have to Love, Vision for Education, North Tyneside Leisure, Muckle Law, TW Museums. We are grateful to those employers who took time to come and speak to our students and to NTLT for organising the event for us.





The Year 8 boys football team are celebrating after winning the league. Victory in their final game against Marden Bridge ensures that the title will be shared between Seaton Burn and John Spence Community High School as both teams finished in joint first place.

Seaton Burn had to play against some tough opposition in Valley Gardens, John Spence and Marden Bridge. Seaton Burn narrowly lost our first fixture against Valley Gardens 4-3, but managed to bounce straight back with a brilliant 2-1 victory against a very strong side from John Spence. We headed into our last game against Marden Bridge knowing that a win would guarantee that we at least share the league title, but would also put us in a strong position to win the title outright. The game was played in the best of spirits and the attitude from both teams was brilliant in a very tight affair. Seaton Burn managed to battle out a 5-4 victory after a spectacular man of the match performance by hat-trick hero Bailey Hindmarch. The other goals were also well worked moves finished off by Billy Cuthbertson and Jack Daglish. Well done lads!

As this was my last game working with the Year 8 team, I would like to personally comment on their outstanding attitude and commitment they have all shown to the team over the past two years. Having worked with many football teams in the past, a work ethic and togetherness that the team have shown is difficult to come across which made them all an absolute pleasure to work with. The lads have been a real credit to Seaton Burn and should be extremely proud of themselves for their achievement.

Congratulations boys and enjoy your success. Good luck for the future. I hope to see you win again next year.

Mr J Spratt


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 5th September at 8.40am, with Years 8-11 joining us on Wednesday 6th September at 8.40am also. 


Warm regards,


Steve Campbell

Acting Principal






Important Dates Year 11


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




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. 

  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


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.