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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.
Exam Certificates are ready for collection - see here for details
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,
I would like to start this bulletin by saying how proud we should be of the wonderful Year 8 and Year 9 students who represented the college so well at the Durham University School Science Festival on Thursday 30th March 2017.
The students had the opportunity to see and take part in a wide range of activities, including making an efficient wind turbine, plotting magnetic fields, 'making' a galaxy, explaining earthquakes, cleaning archaeological 'finds', establishing rubbish decay timescales, sports science tasks and activities with sound, light and electromagnets.
All the students were enthusiastic, positive and were willing to volunteer, engage, ask questions and revel in the opportunity to do something different. Durham University have contacted me personally today to say what a credit to the school the students were.
I would like to pass my thanks to Mrs Long, Mrs Lindner and Mr Elliott who helped make this event such a success.
Pupils should now be working with a real sense of urgency and determination to use the remaining weeks of their GCSE courses to reach the highest possible standard. At this stage pupils should be working for up to two hours each night. This will include homework tasks as part of a structured revision programme.
The Final Countdown booklet, which Miss Smith will be handing out on Monday to students and is shown below is useful for parents, form tutors, mentors and subject teachers to gain an overview of how pupil’s revision is progressing.
The pages of this booklet provide guidance as to what the pupils should be doing as part of their revision plan and there are sheets provided to help them plan their time sensibly - it is now only
6 weeks until the start of the GCSE exams! Pupils have also received revision materials from their subject teachers so they can revise independently at home.
All year 11 students have had instructions on the key revision sites during lessons and most of these can be accessed via the school website. All good bookshops, such as Waterstones and WH Smiths stock a range of revision guides from different publishers ranging from the subject specific to those that give guidance on general study skills and examination technique. They are all worth investigating, subject staff can give advice.
I hope that together we can help your child to achieve results which reflect their full potential.
Also attached to the newsletter is a copy of the Year 11 Revision letter detailing the revision sessions that will be happening over the Easter Holidays. Year 11 Revision letter
Red Nose Day
Non-uniform day combined with events raised over £400.00. Thank you to Mrs Blenkinsop for organising the staff raffle and also to Mrs Rickerby for making the fabulous cake, Mrs Rickerby has always supported the school with cake donations and they always go down a treat!!
Scott Beattie – International Recognition
As mentioned in our previous newsletter, Scott Beattie, one of our Year 13 students represented Great Britain in the World Cross Country Championships in Uganda last weekend and we are very pleased to say that Scott came 47th. Well done and congratulations on this fantastic achievement.
Year 7 Girls Football
Congratulations to Year 7 girls football who on Wednesday represented North Tyneside against Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Northumberland. They did a fab job, played strongly, and were a credit to the school.
North Tyneside Learning Trust Star Awards
As everyone knows, Seaton Burn College is a member of North Tyneside Learning Trust which is a unique partnership of schools, universities and businesses. The Trust extends opportunities for our young people and is having a significant impact locally and nationally on the way in which schools work.
The Trust runs a superb awards scheme with a brilliant prize ceremony and nominations are now open for the Star Awards 2017.
We encourage parents, as well as staff, governors and members of our wider community to nominate a student or students under the appropriate category. If you would like advice about this, please contact Debbie Blenkinsop (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are hopeful that if the community gets behind our students in this way, we will enable a number of families and young people to participate in the very exciting awards ceremony in July. See North Tyneside Learning Trust for full details.
Could I just thank all parents and carers for all the support they have given this term as this will be my last bulletin before Easter. And finally, a reminder that Monday 24th April is Training Day for the College.
I wish you an enjoyable weekend.
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
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.