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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,
Another few weeks seem to have flown by as we send out another Bulletin to our parents and I would like to talk about recent events at the school. Firstly, there is a message from the Executive Principal, Hugh Robinson:
Gosforth Federated Academies is currently supporting Seaton Burn with colleagues working in partnership. Already we are confident that students are benefiting from strong discipline and a genuine focus on rewards. The quality of teaching and learning has made major strides forward over the last few months.
Exciting times lie ahead for Seaton Burn College – we expect news very soon of a bid to significantly improve the building; we’re determined that students will learn in an environment suitable for a 21st century education.
Gosforth Federated Academies is the Department for Education’s preferred sponsor for Seaton Burn College. We will work tirelessly on every step of the journey to ‘Outstanding’, as Seaton Burn College becomes an academy.
We are delighted to tell you that we’ve been successful in a funding bid, enabling us to introduce the teaching of Chinese to some students. With our partners in China, we are confident that many Seaton Burn students will have the amazing opportunity of both learning the language and visiting China in the next few years.
6th Form - Medical Masterclass
Dillon Robson of Year 12 attended a Medical Masterclass last Tuesday and here is his account of what the event entailed.
The day consisted of a plethora of lectures and stations which focused on different specialities of medicine. The lectures provided those who attended with a range of advice and information on the application process to University for medicine, and also what being a doctor actually entails: mentally, physically and socially. The ability to talk to doctors who are currently practising this range of areas of the profession enabled me to gain so vital information about how our NHS is run; and the pressures that doctors (and all the other staff within the NHS) face on a daily basis. Moreover, the day allowed me to use various pieces of equipment, such as the tools used in laparoscopic surgery as well as investigating how orthopaedic implants improve the range of movement of those who were previously immobile, usually due to the effects of arthritis.
In addition, all the professionals who attended the event (some of whom had only finished work at midnight and were due to start again later that day) were welcoming and amiable, which made the whole day a lot more pleasant and generated the occasion to show the mannerism that is a necessity for a doctor. On the other hand, we were exposed to a number of shocking facts and statistics: eliminating alcohol, fatty foods, smoking and physical inactivity from our lifestyles prevents 75% of diabetes and cardiovascular disease cases and 40% of cancer cases. However, the mood was later lightened by conducting a ‘bone marrow biopsy’ on oranges and potatoes. One thing that has been stressed several times, both on this course and others I have frequented, is that it is paramount to start looking for opportunities and advice to do with medicine. This in mind, I would highly recommend informing your tutor or any other teacher if you are interested in medicine, or any other subject for that matter. Dillon Robson - Year 12 student
Year 11 Spoken Language Exams in English
Well done to all of Year 11 who completed their Spoken Language assessment in English this week. Although many students felt nervous about completing the task, the majority have conquered their fears and managed to stand up in front of their English class and talk about a subject of their choice and then respond to questions about it. Some students even had to put up with the additional challenge of being video recorded while doing it so an extra special well done to them! Mrs Lawson
Taking Pride In Poetry
In English Year 10 are currently studying a range of poems about love and relationships; the challenge for the students is high – not only do they need to understand the 15 different poems individually, they also need to be able to compare them. On top of this they need to be able to memorise quotations from them because they won’t have copies of the poems in the exam. Phew! It’s exhausting just thinking about it. It makes me very proud to say that in light of all of this we have students who are excelling within this unit of work and demonstrating resilience and determination in their approach. An example is shown below.
Update from Sparkle Salon
Our Health, Beauty and Wellbeing department opened its doors for its popular Christmas event. The event was led by our 6th form beauty students’ whom were working on their business organisation and customer service skills. They were assisted by Year 10 whose remit was to carry out sales and mini treatments and build on their client care and hospitality skills. Year 11 also got involved with sales techniques.
The event is always well attended by members of our community both clients and new visitors attended this year as well as staff, students and family members.
There was a wide array of goodies on offer as well as our famous raffle which included a beauty hamper worth over £250!!!! From mini make overs to Christmas gifts the event was enjoyed by all.
We would like to thank everyone who supported us and helped us raise an amazing profit of £703.20. This amount is now going to be reinvested into the salon and will help us purchase new equipment that will also allow us to introduce luxury spray tan treatments.
If you would like further information on our fabulous treatments or purchase gift vouchers in time for Spring please contact us on 0191 2361700 ext 215. Click here for our latest price list.
A reminder that we have a Year 11 Parents’ Revision Advice Session on Wednesday 15th February. Clearly, it is the effort which students themselves commit to planning and undertaking effective revision which is going to make the difference to their performance and achievements in the summer. We nonetheless know that helping parents to understand better some of the revision techniques, styles of question and varying demands of different questions can help them challenge students more effectively. Last year, feedback from both parents and students was excellent and all who attended thought it was a worthwhile event. We hope that Year 11 parents will be able to make the time available to join us.
There will be a Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 16th February. Please come along and discuss your child’s performance with our staff.
Finally, I hope you enjoy the last weekend before we break up for half-term.
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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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.