Message from Principal, Alison J Shaw
Project Based Learning Week & Exhibition
It is difficult in a brief article to sum up what a huge impact Project Based Learning Week had on students, staff and visitors alike. The level of commitment, effort and sheer hard work that went on throughout the week was absolutely inspiring and the quality of the final projects bears testament to this form of learning. There is a strong consensus on the staff that we would wish to repeat this initiative next year. Part of the overwhelmingly positive feedback came from parents and visitors both at our Fashion Show on Friday night and at the Project Based Learning Exhibition on Saturday morning. I would like to thank everybody who supported the children and the school by attending the Exhibition. It was an entirely inspiring event with endless compliments being made to our students.
There were many highlights throughout the public events but it was a particular honour that our Elected Major, Norma Redfearn was in attendance and was able during Saturday morning to open our Heritage Trail. Our students designed and worked on this and have had it preserved with excellent notice boards and plaques throughout Seaton Burn. You may have noticed the starting point of the Heritage Trail which is clearly marked by a green board in front of the gates of the school.
Further reports on Project Based Learning Week will appear in future Bulletins.
The Mardi Gras of Music & Song
This week on Tuesday and Wednesday, as many parents know, we were treated to a fantastic performance by the students of Seaton Burn College. There were also some guest appearances by students from our partner schools in the Sixth Form , some of who attend Seaton Burn for their Advanced Level Music Course.
As is ever the case, the performances were absolutely stunning—uplifting, moving and of exceptionally high quality. All the student performers deserve to be congratulated and I extend sincere thanks to Mr Wilson and all the other staff who helped produce such an excellent performance.
World War I Commemoration
We are honoured that Shasun Pharma (sponsoring this initiative for Seaton Burn College) in collaboration with Tynemouth WWI Commemoration Project have produced a superb commemorative booklet about World War I.
Many students have received thought provoking lessons and experiences organized by Miss Dunsdon and Mr Campbell over recent weeks to help them think about the momentous centenary which we are marking this year. However, we are delighted that Shasun Pharma has sponsored this booklet and that we are able to provide a copy of it for every student in the school. You will shortly receive this and I hope will take some time to read it alongside the students.
With one week to go, we look forward very much to our students enjoying a safe and happy break - and staff too!
Much work, as you know, continues over the summer so that the school will make a strong, exciting start in September. You will receive a letter before the end of term with a number of notifications, and a pack of information over the summer holiday to ensure that everything is in order before the beginning of term. I remind you that this will take place on Tuesday 2nd September 2014.
Alison J Shaw
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Ofsted 2012 : "This is a Good School" Full details
Ofsted's key findings from our recent inspection (December 2012):
- This is a 'Good' school.
- Students achieve well and nearly all make good progress from their starting points.
- Teaching is good overall, with a substantial proportion that is outstanding.
- Students enjoy school and are proud to be part of it.
- Students feel safe and their parents unanimously agree that they are.
- A calm, happy atmosphere found all around the school.
- Behaviour and attitudes to learning are good, and sometimes outstanding.
- Students are respectful, polite and courteous to adults. They are especially welcoming and helpful to visitors.
- Bullying is not a problem.
- Provision in the sixth form is good. Students achieve well; teaching is consistently good and prepares students well for the next stage of their lives.
- Leadership at all levels demonstrates the ambition and determination to drive improvement and raise students' achievement further.
- The Principal inspires staff and students to be the best they can.
- Learning is successful because teachers make good use of their knowledge of students' needs and set a good level of challenge.
- Students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school's drive to develop well informed, tolerant, caring young people.
- Members of the governing body provide excellent support and challenge for the strategic development of the school.
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