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At a meeting of the Interim Executive Board of Seaton Burn College and the Governors of Gosforth Federated Academies on Tuesday 28th February 2017, it was agreed in principle that Gosforth Federated Academy will sponsor Seaton Burn College.
Gosforth Federated Academies is delighted that Seaton Burn College will become part of our family of schools.
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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
Dear Parents and Carers,
Year 4 Primary Schools Science Day
One of the highlights this week has been welcoming a number of Year 4 students from our feeder primary schools who took part in a Science Learning Day.
Monday saw Seaton Burn become a hive science activity when our feeder primaries joined us for a day of science learning and exploration. Pupils from all of the primaries schools were involved in hands-on practical work delivered by our science staff and Procter and Gamble. There were also careers workshops delivered by the North Tyneside Learning Trust. They spent the day learning about colour chemistry, water purification and stain removal as well as exploring the skills and opportunities made available by studying science.
I managed to speak to a number of the students who were involved and they were all bubbling with enthusiasm about their day and how they couldn’t wait to come back.
It was a pleasure to host such enthusiastic pupils who worked incredibly hard throughout the day and demonstrated excellent scientific knowledge. One of the students exclaimed that it was ‘the best day ever!’ I would like to thank Miss Lindner who organised the day and all other staff who helped to deliver the activities.
North Tyneside Dance Festival
Seaton Burn once again performed in the North Tyneside Dance Festival under the tuition and support of an ex-student, Pippa Kyle (please see below to read Pippa's full story). The girls danced with grace and enjoyment at Whitley Bay Playhouse and we are very proud of them, well done! Thanks also to Pippa who has worked with a large group of girls every Monday evening, she has done a fantastic job!
In 2014, I performed a solo as part of my A Level PE qualification. The confidence I gained from this performance provided me with the drive I needed to progress to auditions, so that I could secure a place to begin my professional dance training at Dance City in Newcastle.
This year, returning as a young choreographer and teacher to a fantastic group of students at Seaton Burn College allowed me to pass on my inspiration and experience, of what platforms like the NTDF can do for young people. As well as this, it also provides an opportunity for young professionals alike myself, to deliver dance practice.
The North Tyneside Dance Festival showcases such a diverse and exciting range of work and provides opportunity for both primary and secondary school children.
The students who performed at the festival presented themselves with integrity and poise and are a real credit to the school.
Hopefully within years to come, we will see a progression of young people participating in dance and growing into the next generation of artists. Pippa Kyle - Ex-student
Ex-Student – Paige Wilson
A big thank you also to Paige Wilson, an ex-student of our college, who has been in today working with some our students. Whilst in our sixth form, Paige applied, with our support, for an Accountancy Internship with Procter and Gamble. She is now a fully qualified accountant making excellent use of her language ‘A’ levels often travelling to France, Spain, Italy and she’s even spent time working in the Philippines.
The whole college would like to give its support to Scott Beattie, one of our Year 13 students who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Youth Cross Country Championships in Uganda next weekend. This is a tremendous achievement and highlights that Scott is in the top echelons in his sport.
Timings of the School Day
Finally, although our school day does not start until 8.40am we are always happy to have students here earlier and from 8.00am in the morning they are more than welcome to be in our Refectory our Library and all other social areas. Unfortunately, we can’t invite students to be on college premises before 8.00am in the morning as we cannot guarantee that staff will be there to supervise.
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.
- The words “please” and “thank you” should be used when talking to other members of the school community.
- The act of holding the door open for those behind you should become second nature.
- 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.
- Smiling should be standard practice as often as possible.
- 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
- GCSE English Literature booklet - All classes to use this
- IGCSE Core & Extended booklet - For Miss Doble and Mrs Marshall's classes
- GCSE Higher booklet - For Mrs Lawson's class
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
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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.