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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 16/06/17)









Dear Parents and Carers, 

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to congratulate our Year 11 and Sixth Form students who have conducted themselves so well during the examination period.  Revision sessions have been well attended and behaviour has been exemplary.  Some courses are still ongoing with coursework needed to be completed in Health and Beauty, Childcare and ECDL.  Students must come in to finish their courses.  Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly and official year group photograph will be Monday 26th June at 11.00am.  All Year 11 students should attend.  I hope all of the students involved enjoy their summer break and get the results that they deserve!


Year 10 are preparing for their summer internal examinations.  They have a timetable of examinations and must be in lessons when not in examinations.  Week beginning 19th June we will be working on how to prepare for exams and all students have been given a ‘Countdown Calendar’ to help guide them.  Week beginning 26th June will be examination week.  Please check this link to see the Year 10 timetable and help your child in their preparation as would like them to do well.


I would like to highlight some of the activities that students will be involved in during the last week of term:

Monday 17th July

Timetabled lessons

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)

Our last day of term will be Friday 21st July.  As usual students will be finishing early and buses have been rearranged to arrive at 1.00pm.   Of course if you would prefer your child to stay in school for the afternoon they can be supervised until the end of the day, although there won’t be any further buses and so alternative pick up arrangements would have to be made.  A formal letter will be sent out in due course explaining the arrangements.


Key dates for Y6 Transition events at Seaton Burn College during the Summer Term.

Parents Information Evening – Thursday 6th July

Induction week – Monday 17th July to Thursday 20th July inclusive



On Wednesday 14th June, four of our Year 12 students took part in a trip to Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats.  The students spent the day at the laboratory collecting data for one of their A level practicals.  Students also learnt more about the ecology of the rocky shore.  A special thanks to Annie Russell, Marine Education and Outreach Officer at Dove Marine Laboratory who has provided much input and inspiration over several years.




We had a visit from National Citizenship service, which is a great opportunity for Year 11 students during their summer holiday, if you have completed the form, please return to Miss Smith to forward to NCS.


It would be great to see a sell out for our Summer Concert on Wednesday 19th July.  Mr Wilson has been working hard in rehearsals with a range of students which is guaranteed to be a joyful celebration of our students’ talents.



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.