Half term revision programme
Farewell and good luck to our fantastic year 13s
Our year 13s enjoyed an emotional send-off from both current Head of Sixth Form Mr Whitehead and former Year Leader Mrs Stromfield. These students have been exemplary from the word go, and they will be greatly missed. We look forward to seeing all you achieve in the coming years.
Sackville win another award from the SSAT
We are delighted to share that we have been awarded ‘Leading Edge Status’ for the second year running by the national SSAT (The School, Students and Teachers Network). The award reflects strong teaching quality and results and it is a real honour to receive it again.
Pictured you can see Headteacher Mr Grant with Mrs Rawsthorne accepting the award at the recent ceremony in London. Our achievement is largely the result of Sackville students making significantly positive progress from the end of year 6 to GCSE. In addition, our sixth form was the top-performing state provider in West Sussex last year. Taken together this means the award is well-deserved.
The entire Sackville community is working its hardest to ensure we get the similarly high results next year.
Going the extra mile to get the best grades possible – everyone is pitching in!
Another typical Friday at Sackville, as the exam season gets into full swing. First we have our year 13 hospitality students producing an amazing international lunch, which was enthusiastically sampled by many members of staff. Well done to Harry, Millie, Marielle and Katelyn, and thanks to Ellie for her great help! Don’t forget our suggested recipes for exam performance are here!
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Mr Latus is busy getting his ‘Sandwich Board of Success’ ready …
Each morning our fantastic kitchen staff get a breakfast snack ready for every student who is taking an exam. Most candidates meet in the canteen where not only can they fortify themselves with food and drink, but also benefit from last minute coversations and confidence boosts from their teachers. Staff are also always on hand to help serve food and drink. Here you can see Deputy Headteacher Neil Feist, Year 11 Leader Jake Endersby and Headteacher Julian Grant on waiter duty.
Our year 11s, 12s and 13s have been brilliant so far this exam season. The year 11s in particular rising to the challenge of the new reformed exams in English, in which they have no choice about the questions they answer, and for which they need to know very closely a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth century novel, a poetry anthology and a modern novel. Don’t let anyone say exams are easy these days.
Brilliant performance by Sackville athletes at the ESAA Track and Field Cup
Clouds and drizzle failed to dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of our exceptional junior and senior athletes at the English Schools Athletics Association Track and Field Cup. In the junior section, both our boys and girls came first, and the senior boys came second and the senior girls sixth.
There were many notable individual performances, with the results of every athlete combining to give the overall team positions. ‘Together we Achieve’ indeed!
Best of luck to our year 11s, 12s and 13s
The start of the exam season is of course a nerve-wracking time, but we know our students have all been diligently preparing for these assessments for some time. We would like to thank all of our parents for their support and patience during the coming weeks, and we would also like to acknowledge the enormous efforts made by all of our support and teaching staff to ensure exam success. But most of all we would like to wish our students the best of luck for every exam they take. Now is the time to go in and smash them!
Remember to eat well throughout these exams. Some ‘power recipes’ can be found here. And don’t forget – we provide breakfast before exams from just after 8 am.
Awesome year 10s excel on Duke of Edinburgh practice weekend
A weekend like this one reminds we teachers why it was we joined the profession in the first place. More than thirty year 10s successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh practice expeditions over the first weekend in May, and the learning curve was nearly as steep as some of the hills ascended. By the end of Sunday, all of the participants had become competent navigators, and had managed the difficult task of carrying all of the equipment needed to be self-sufficient for two days.
The routes taken left Seaford and climbed high onto the Downs. On a sunny Saturday morning, the views were spectacular, and were matched by the levels of enthusiasm. Even as the students got tired there was nary a complaint. The groups overnighted at Wick Street Farm, where the friendly owners had prepared a cut field of grass, complete with three portable toilets. After a variety of meals, most got a good night’s sleep, and were well-prepared for the return journey via a different route on Sunday.
This was the first weekend organised by Mrs Rawsthorne and Mr Langford, and the smooth running and successful completion of the two days were testament to their hard work.
Well done to all of the students involved! Pictured you can see ‘Team Bandana’, led by Mr Attrill, and Mrs Rawsthorne’s group heading into the woods.
‘Bridging the Ages’ project secures lottery funding
We have just heard that the ‘Bridging the Ages’ project was successful in obtaining lottery funding to secure its future.
The organisation would like to thank those who voted for it in the community project category. One thing the money will be used for is to produce a manual to assist other organisations in implementing the project in other areas in the country.
Well done too to Sophie Palmer and Sam Ford who star in a promotional film about the project that will soon be online here.
World Challenge in Sri Lanka
Our year 10 World Challenge group has now returned from Sri Lanka.
After a night on a beach-front hotel, the group moved on to their project near Kandy, where they were based in a local school. There they assisted in some site maintenance, moving several tonnes of stones and bricks, and also worked in the classrooms teaching English to the students. They were given a fantastic send-off when leaving the school, with a show including a fire-eater. They were also presented with an enormous hamper of local produce.
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