Performance tables

Official performance tables confirm 2017 was a vintage A level year for Sackville

The release of validated government data confirm that our year 13 class of 2017 was our most successful ever. Progress in the sixth form was once again significantly above the national average for the fifth year running and this year was fourth in the county. The positive progress made in the sixth form follows this year group’s spectacular results at KS4, where they achieved a progress 8 score of 0.41. What this means is that our students would have achieved two whole grades higher in their A levels than students from similar starting points in an average school.

So a student at a normal school who would have gone on to get grades CCC at A level would have got grades BBC at Sackville; a significant difference which gives a lot more choice at university or apprenticeship level.

At GCSE this year our overall performance was in the top 40% of schools, and particularly pleasing was the progress of the students classified by the government as ‘disadvantaged’. At Sackville the performance of these students was in the top 25% nationally, and was the fifth best in the county.

Overall these figures are testament to the hard work of students, parents and teachers, who together have made 2017 another memorable year for the school.

BTEC Showcase, Y8 Celebration

Year 11s shine at the Performing Arts and Dance Showcase

The 2018 Performing Arts and Dance Showcase was truly an evening of magic. We have become accustomed over the years to a stunningly high standard of performances; this year’s matched any that have gone before. Themed around emotions, the performances ranged from professionally delivered monologues through dance duets to ensemble pieces from West End musicals such as RentMamma Mia, and of course now Hamilton, which had audience feet tapping. There was even space for a haunting rendition of the theme from The Mission so clear that if you closed your eyes you were in South America with Jermey Irons.

A full house left the show in high spirits, knowing both that they had enjoyed an evening of first rate entertainment, and that this excellent troupe of young people had taken a significant step towards a fantastic final grade in their qualifications.

We would like to thank all of the performers, friends and parents who attended, and of course Mrs Nibloe, Ms Warran and the returning Mrs Beasley. In the words of the penultimate number, these students have been changed for good!

Year 8s celebrate in style

Mr Grant, Head of Year 8 Mr Morris and Year Assistant Mrs Newcomb enjoyed a croissant and a pain au chocolate with our top year 8 students to celebrate their outstanding attitude to learning. Pictured here are all of the students who averaged A in their recent monitoring grades. Well done to them all!

Trampoline and sports leaders

Success for our sports competitors and sports leaders

Three Sackville students have qualified for the National Schools’ Trampoline Finals in Belfast in March. Oscar Morgan came 2nd in the Under 14s out of a field of 11. A great result and  a result of his hours of practice at Synergy Sports Academy under coaching of Lynda Munday. 

Jordi Crowther qualified in 3rd place behind last year’s National Finals winner. This is the second time in consecutive years that’s Jordi will represent Sackville at the finals having placed 2nd in 2017 in Newcastle. Jordi also trains with Synergy at Kings Leisure Centre.  

Heidi Crowther, also in a group of 12, placed 1st to become Zonal Under 19 Girls Elite Champion. She goes to Belfast with another of her club training partners from Sky High Trampoline Club, coached by Stella Jackson. 

Last year Heidi finished 3rd in the National Finals. For all three performers this is a remarkable achievement. Individually, they put in many hours of practice and compete beyond school; however they are all incredibly proud of representing Sackville. 

Meanwhile, our year 10 sports leaders have been hard at work leading a year 5 and 6 basketball festival. A big thanks to Theo Judge, James Young, Harvey Byatt, Harvey Snashfold, Tom Monney, Elliott Broomfield, Finley Lee Fisher and Nathan Randall, all of whom were commended by the visiting teachers and were in fact mistaken for sixth formers. Excellent school ambassadors indeed!

Chailey Heritage Assembly

Sackville presents a cheque for over £1000 to Chailey Heritage

One of the undoubted highlights of our assembly schedule is when Chailey Heritage visit to talk to our students about the amazing work they do with students in their school. Each year we try to raise some funds for Chailey Heritage, and this year we managed to present a cheque for over £1000.

This money will go towards providing for students with very complex special needs, which often involve producing bespoke engineered solutions. Our students listened with amazement as Al Carter from the school talked about the work they do.

The picture shows Louise Greenaway presenting Al with the cheque. Many thanks to Chailey Heritage for giving up time to come and speak to us.

January INSET

INSET days January 25th and 26th

Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th January are our third and fourth INSET days this year. Students in years 7-11 do not have to be in school for these two days. The two days are together to form part of the sixth form mock week, enabling our senior students to take their exams without losing teaching time.

Meanwhile, our teaching staff will be undertaking two days of training. This starts with a meeting of the research groups we have running this year, and is followed on work to enhance the role of the tutor at school, including training on the delivery of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC).

On Friday, we are delighted to host the world-renowned educational expert Shirley Clarke, who will talk about enhancing our learning culture. This is followed by staff working in their departments to create and review ‘personal learning checklists‘ (PLCs) which we have found are a significant help to students as they take control of their own learning and revision. Some staff are also having their first aid qualification re-validated.

So lots will be going on even though (most of) the students will be enjoying a long weekend!

Hamburg 2018

Sixth form international work experience in Germany

Eight of our year 13 students are enjoying international work experience in Germany from Monday January 15th. This is now an annual feature in our school calendar. We would like to thank our partner school in Hamburg for making all the necessary arrangements for our students.

The group flew to Germany on Saturday and enjoyed a day visit to Berlin on the Sunday. Here they are pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate. If you look closely, you can see Headteacher Mr Grant, and Mr Whitehead and Mrs Valentine of the sixth form team.

Oliver Roberts

Oliver is trekking to Everest Base Camp in memory of Matt Rieley

Year 12 student Oliver Roberts is to make the trek to Everest Base Camp next month, and is raising funds at the same time:

In February 2018,  I will be trekking with a group to the Base Camp of Mount Everest which lays at an altitude of 17,600 ft above sea level. The trip will last just over two weeks from the 17th of February until the 4th of March. Any money I raise in completing the trek will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Matt Rieley, an ex-student of our school, who sadly passed away in May 2016. Matt was such a huge part of many people’s lives in East Grinstead, especially within the Sackville community. Matt fought his illness with courage, determination and never lost his sense of humour – he was an inspiration to many.

Anyone wishing to donate to Oliver’s trek should visit the Just Giving link here. We look forward to an assembly on the trip upon your return!

Rob Cross

Congratulations to Rob Cross, World Darts Champion

Former student Rob Cross, who left Sackville in 2007, stunned the sporting world on Monday to become the PDC World Darts Champion, beating Phil Taylor, 16-times former champion, 7-2 in the final.

Though Rob is fondly remembered by those at Sackville who taught him, without darts as part of our curriculum it’s hard to claim any credit for his extraordinary success.

We’ll be following his career with interest over the coming years nonetheless.

Image: BBC Sport

End of Term Assembly

Sackville ends term in style!

The last day of Christmas term is always a special one. The long tradition of seasonal assemblies continued this year, with Mr Keeble as usual acting as compere.

Mr Roberts read his seasonal message, which you can see here, and which was accompanied this year by photos of his newly arrived grandson. The real highlight was the sixth form band singing a reprise from the Carol Service the night before.

The lowlight of course was the staff dance, which (with a few notable exceptions) plumbed its usual depths, despite the best efforts and endless patience of Melissa Turner, Eliza Roser and Juno Phitidis. Maybe next year it will be better. Thanks to Jamie Davis for the photos of the dance!

Finally in the evening some of our sixth formers joined the annual Rotary charity collection as Santa travels through the town on his sleigh. Money raised goes to local community projects and about four hundred presents are also delivered to elderly people living alone in the area. Well done to Charlie MainJordi CrowtherOli BlackmanAlex MustardAdam Stevens and Tom Taylor for helping out.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all – we’ll be back on January 4th.