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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



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 12/05/17)









Dear Parents and Carers, 

The exam season is fast approaching, with Year 11 students sitting their first examination on Tuesday.  This is a hectic term for Year 11 and I know that stress levels can be high.  There are a steady stream of revision sessions at lunchtime and after school and I know that students are working hard.   However, it is important that if students are feeling under pressure, they let their tutor or Miss Smith know.  We are experienced in dealing with issues like this and there are a range of strategies we can use to help.  For example, Mrs Curtis last year ran sessions on how to prepare mentally for examinations, especially in the hour running up to the exam.  In particular, students benefited from a range of techniques to focus their minds and stop wasted energy.


Transition 2017

We are very much looking forward to working closely with all our new students and their families over the coming months to ensure that the move from primary to secondary education is as effective as possible.   Over this term we will be meeting Year 6 pupils during our Year 6 Induction Days from Monday 17th July to Thursday 20th July 2017 inclusive and there will be a Parents’ information evening on Thursday 6th July which will give parents an opportunity to meet with key members of staff at the school, ask any questions you may have, to discuss the school’s key expectations and look at some of the work produced by our current Year 7 students.  We will be sending information out to parents over the next couple of weeks and will also post details of the transition timeline on the website.  As ever, if you would like to come into the school to have a look around and meet with myself, please contact the school and we can arrange for this to happen.  If you have any specific queries about transition, please contact Miss Lindner at the school. 


Peer reading

We are delighted to see Year 7 and Year 9 students engaging with our highly successful Peer Reading project which is taking place during tutorial lessons each week.   The project involves a Year 9 student supporting a Year 7 student with their reading.  The benefits of peer reading are well known including improved reading attainment, increased confidence and enjoyment of reading for Year 7 students, and improved speaking and listening skills through asking meaningful questions and active listening for older students.   Year 7 students have chosen a range of books to read to their partner and it is wonderful to see the buzz as you walk through the classrooms.  A huge thank you must go to Mrs Carville, Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Hutchinson who have coordinated the project.  


Congratulations Macy!

Well done to Year 7 student Macy Dugdale, who has recently qualified for the Royal International Horse Show.  Well done and good luck for the many other competitions that you are preparing to take part in!


Extended Project Qualification at Seaton Burn College

An extended project qualification (EPQ) is a free standing qualification which involves choosing a topic, carrying out research, developing an academic question then creating a 5,000 word essay that can be taken alongside A-levels. An EPQ is equivalent to an AS-level and is highly recognised by universities as showing a student’s ability to work independently and research to a high standard.


Amelia Robson Y13 and Faye Lancaster Y12 chose to participate this year.  Two very different topics were chosen ‘To what extent does social media influence the development of eating disorders’ and ‘How far do you agree that drug doping must be banned and should governing bodies do more to stop drug doping and the use of performance enhancing drugs?’.  The final part of the EPQ was a presentation in front of a selected audience.  Both girls were confident, showed few nerves and were able to answer all questions put to them after their individual PowerPoint presentations.  Well done!










Villiers Park Scholars Programme

Villiers Park is an education charity that is over 100 years old and provide inspirational activities.  The trust started their Scholars Programme several years ago and provide a variety of activities in different areas nationally.  In the North East students are nominated to take part in the based on their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects as the Reece Group are the region’s sponsors.

The programme works with students over a 4-year period from Y10 – Y13 and here in Seaton Burn we currently have 7 students taking part with a further 5 nominations from Y9.

Mrs Carville, Librarian


Year 10 and Year 12 Scholars have continued to take part in Scholars programme activities over the last month: 

Year 10 Reece Group Visit

The Tyneside STEM Scholars Programme is sponsored by Reece Foundation who invited us down to their Armstrong Works site to find out first-hand what engineering involves.  Scholars were first shown around the site and then were set their own engineering project.  Tasked with the job of building a structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing bridge out of paper and tape, the Scholars worked in groups to come up with their designs.  Some designs worked better than others but problem solving and creative thinking skills were certainly put to use.


Y12 University Masterclass

In March our year 12 Scholars visited the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University for 2 masterclasses.  The first masterclass looked at Computing Science and it was particularly interesting to look at the problem solving side of the course.  The second masterclass focussed on Mechanical Engineering and Scholars had to build a bridge that could potentially hold their own weight.  Not all Scholars were considering these subject areas for future study but both masterclasses provided a valuable insight into what it would be like studying at university and the additional skills needed to succeed.

Our year 10 Scholars finally got the chance to visit our Head Office in Foxton, near Cambridge.  The focus of the residential was skills development and Scholars had to work together in small groups to complete their given task (task will remain secret for future years to enjoy).  All Scholars were pushed outside of their comfort zone but successfully completed the task and delivered outstanding presentations at the end of the two days.  In addition to working on skills development, Scholars visited Jesus College, Cambridge to find out more about university and the choices ahead of them; they also had a bit of free time to explore Cambridge and the sweet shops.

Katrina Moffat, Tyneside Stem Programme Manager


Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Finally, a reminder that we have a Year 8 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 25th May.  Please come along and discuss your child’s performance with our staff.  Your continued support is invaluable to us.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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.