Year 9 Buddies

Celebrating our fantastic year 9 buddies

One of the secrets to the ease with which our year 7s settle into Sackville is the work of our year 9 buddies. This formidable group of young people started working with our new intake when they were still in year 6, during the three-day induction last summer. They continue at the start of the new year, escorting students to and from lessons, helping them with organisation and getting them to the lunch hall on time.

Now that our new arrivals are all experts in the geography of the school, our year 9s can stand down, secure in the knowledge that they have made a real difference to the confidence of many 11-year-olds this autumn.

As a mark of our appreciation, the students were treated to tea on Thursday September 27th, just before school ended. Alongside our wonderful volunteers are Mr Grant, Transition Co-ordinator Mrs Brown, Year 7 Leader Mr Thompson, and Year 9 Leader Mrs Sands.

Well done to all of these students!

Open Evening

School comes alive for open evening

Sackville has a deserved reputation for the vibrancy of its open evenings, but the 2018 edition hit new heights. Our fantastic student guides and helpers ensured that the many parents and children visiting got to see as much as possible. So many things were happening it would be impossible to select a highlight.

We would like to show our appreciation to all of the families who visited last night, and thank our students, staff and governors who worked to ensure the evening was such a success.

Open morning tours take place all next week. Please call the school if you would like to enjoy one of these.

In the meantime relax and enjoy the school video … 

Inter Form

Year 7s ‘literally’ hit the ground running

Our first year 7 interform was a great success on September 18th.

Teams from each form took part in football and netball competitions, all the time watched closely by our PE staff who had their eyes peeled for new talent; a lot was on display and we are looking forward to seeing how this year group gets on with fixtures.

We would like to thank the many parents who came along to support and share with us what a great start this year group has made.

You can always find out what is happening in our PE department by following them on Twitter (@SackvilleSport). You can also see their tweets on our website here.


GCSE 2018

Our year 11s break Sackville exam records!

Sackville is celebrating a truly outstanding set of GCSE results today, which have surpassed even our high expectations. Our students rose magnificently to the challenge the new more demanding 9-1 graded exam. With more than 70 grades awarded the new very-top grade 9 (the top 2% of results) we can confidently say that at Sackville ‘Together we Achieve’.

It was not just our own expectations that were exceeded however: nearly one grade in two achieved was above government benchmarks. Hard-working students of all abilities continue to make great strides at Sackville.

Headteacher Julian Grant said “We could tell from the way these students approached their exams in the summer that we were in for some strong results, but I am delighted that what they have achieved is beyond our wildest dreams! I would like to congratulate the students once again for the tremendous work they put in over the whole of last year.”

“None of this would have been possible without the support of Sackville’s amazing staff and our parent community who I am sure, like me, are very proud today.”

Sackville Celebrates!

Sackville Celebrates another year of fantastic Level 3 results

Sackville students are celebrating another high quality set of A level and level 3 vocational exam results this morning following an amazing ten consecutive years of our ‘value added’ progress score for the sixth form being positive.

No fewer than 20 students achieved an A* or A grade in maths alone which was outstanding.

This year saw the introduction of the new, very demanding A level qualifications as well as examinations in Btec subjects. The students have coped remarkably well with this challenge and it is testament to the staff who prepared them thoroughly.

Top achievers included Savya Aggarwal, Oliver Blackman, Finn Purdy and Alistair Smith who all achieved straight A/A*s, closely followed by Najwa Agmin, Matthew Cook, Andrew Huggett, Charlie Main, Sam Pelosi, Liam Rieley, Chloe Robinson, Christopher Stuart and Cameron Toogood who achieved two A/A*s and a B.

Other students deserve congratulation for the progress made above what was expected from GCSE. Our top value-added performers include Sam Pelosi, Jimmy Warwick, Ben Woodcock, Cameron Toogood, Jordi Crowther, Amy Collins, Alyx Mitchell, Sophia Ody and Danny Vater.

Such strong results have led to great success in securing first choice university and apprenticeship places.

Headteacher Julian Grant commented:

“I would like to congratulate all students, staff and parents for the hard work and dedication that made these fantastic results possible. Well done to the Sackville community!”

Sky, World Challenge

The challenges continue for our sixth formers

School may be out for the summer, but for our sixth formers life as part of the Sackville community continues. First up, congatulations to Sky Bollom, who has ‘braved the shave‘ in support of McMillan Cancer Support. As you can see, there was a lot to shave, and the £150 raised was well-earned!

On Sunday 29th July, our year 12 world challengers departed for four weeks in Nepal. After two years of fundraising for a trip to Central America, the trip was rescheduled to Nepal due to the current political situation in Nicaragua.

Once in Nepal, after a familiarisation phase, the team will work in a school in the Kathmandu Valley. Upon completion of the project phase, the students head west to Pokhara to undertake a trek lasting more than a week in the Annapurna region (where the worst of the monsoon can be avoided).

This group are the second from Sackville to visit Nepal this year, and we know that they are in for a life-changing experience in this amazing country. More updates to follow if possible!

Matt Rieley

James Young a worthy recipient of the Matt Rieley Award

This year’s Matt Rieley Memorial Award has been presented to James Young from year 10. The award commemorates Matt, an exceptional student and member of staff at Sackville who sadly passed away two years ago. Matt was an enthusiast, a diligent student and colleague and someone who gave his all for the Sackville community

His award is given each year to the member of year 10 who most embodies those values. James is a very fitting recipient, who has never failed to step forward when a volunteer is needed, has supported younger students, and is a key member of our sports teams. He is pictured here receiving a trophy from Matt’s father in our final assembly of the year.

Well done to James, and thank-you Mr Rieley for sparing the time to come in and be with us for our last day.

Ofsted conference

OfSted conference at Sackville

On Friday 20th July we were honoured to host a regional conference for Ofsted inspectors. Our sixth form study area was skilfully transformed into a conference venue with the help of our IT support team. A lunch that would have graced any London hotel was prepared by our marvellous canteen staff, and waiting and reception duties were expertly carried out by our head team and members of our year 10 Takeover Day students.

Nathan Randall opening the conference

These year 10 students had applied to take on the role of one of the members of school staff for the day. Nathan Randall was lucky enough to introduce the conference and brief the delegates on the day’s domestic arrangements – a daunting task in front of so many senior members of Ofsted.

A wide selection of the work of Sackville students was presented for scrutiny by the inspectors, and our curriculum team leaders were able to join the session during which this work was examined.

Earlier in the day visitors enjoyed a presentation on our own curriculum from Mr Street, Mrs Valentine and Mrs Nibloe.

We know our staff will have learned a lot from being part of these sessions. We feel sure the Ofsted team in turn will have learned about the quality of the students who we are lucky to teach, and the fantastic work they produce.

CEW 2018

Curriculum Enhancement Week 2018


The final full week of term is once again our curriculum enhancement week, which has been meticulously planned by a number of key staff over the course of the year.

Each year group has their sports day and interform this week. Years 7-9 have their annual STEM day as well. Year 7s look at rockets and space, year 8s disaster recovery and year 9s the science behind elite sport.

There is also a significant spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) input this week. Year 10s look at their future careers, which included applying to do the jobs of many school staff during Takeover Day on Friday 20th. Year 9 have their diversity day, year 8 look at health and wellbeing and year 7 at fair trade.

Years 7-10 also enjoy outdoor and adventurous education, either at Blackland Farm, Ardingly Watersports or Team Dynamics. Year 10s fit in a number of visits, including to either Sussex University or Plumpton College, and either Bletchley Park or the London Museums.

Year 12s are on work experience all week.

All-in-all more action than in an Incredibles movie.

Tuesday also saw our music trip for all years depart for the Italian Lakes. You can see the rock stars making their way across to the plane in one of the slideshow images. All of the kit has been driven overland by Mr Forsyth.

We know from EGGSFEST that the Italians are in for a treat – which we are sure will be repaid by first rate pizza.

Y10 Geography Field Trip

Year 10 geographers on intense field trip weekend

Our year 10 geographers left East Grinstead early on Friday July 13 for an intensive two days in Wales. The main focus of the journey is to study how rivers form and develop.

Friday’s journey was punctuated with a visit to the limestone caves around Ystradfellte, and Saturday’s task saw students enjoying the warm Welsh weather as they paddled around in the River Taff.

Some R and R on the beach was also possible, before further classroom sessions in the evening.

A careful inspection of the slideshow will reveal Mr Latus in his trademark yellow jacket and boots!