INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS
Message from Principal, Alison J Shaw
We would like to thank Mrs Gibson for decorating our Christmas trees. The school is festive and warm, despite very cold weather outside.
At this time of the autumn term we are always excited about Christmas and looking forward to concerts and special events over the next week or so. However, we are also very firmly focused on students’ achievements in their studies and the important milestones over coming terms, especially for Years 11 and 13.
Super Learning Day
On Thursday 19th December, which is our Super Learning Day, Year 11 will have a special Raising Achievement Day on which we are seeking parents’ attendance for a 1:1 achievement interview with tutors or senior staff. We thank Year 11 parents for sending back reply slips so that we can schedule appointments at times throughout the day and early evening which suit you. We will look to mirror this process later in the year with other year groups.
Heritage Lottery Bid Success
I would like to thank Mrs Arnold for the work that she has done to secure a substantial amount of money for us to support Heritage Projects. We will be likely to undertake in-depth work across a range of areas of learning over the spring and summer to help students gain an awareness of the rich heritage of the area. The projects they will undertake will also make a
significant contribution to the community. Thank you Mrs Arnold!
We are delighted that the Breakfast Club is taking off and students are really enjoying having breakfast together in our Refectory. The atmosphere this week has been calm, warm and enjoyable, with students chatting together and enjoying a hearty breakfast. Staff are on hand to offer support for students who wish to seek help with their work and this has altogether been a great departure for the school. We remain open to suggestions from students about what they would prefer to have for breakfast and have already made changes in the choice of cereals available.
Please encourage your child to take advantage of this lovely opportunity, which helps many of our young people start the day really well.
Seaton Burn Visiting Speakers
We are most grateful to the Reverend Geoff Short, one of our Governors, for working with Mr Campbell to arrange a series of very high profile speakers visiting the school to inspire a group of our most able students. As we build on this excellent initiative, we hope to be able to create a series of public lectures to which parents and other interested parties may wish to come.
Mr Campbell will present a more detailed report in next week’s Bulletin, but if you are interested in finding out more in the meantime or wish to attend any of our lectures please contact Mrs Rees on 0191 2361700.
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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