Cameron Wrapson

It’s all going swimmingly for Cameron

Huge congratulations to Cameron Wrapson  in year 8 for his swimming exploits over the weekend of February 23/24. 

Cameron won 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals at the Sussex County Swimming Championships whilst swimming for Crawley Swimming Club.

One to watch in the future!

Cecee Cashman British Champion

Cecee kicks her way to the top

Well done to Cecee Cashman in year 9, who is now British Kickboxing Champion in her weight category.

Cecee was returning to competition after a year away, winning her three fights in Nottingham last weekend. She is off to Cannock over the first weekend in March to compete in the Great British Grand Slam – her competitors need to watch out!

Meridian radio interview

Video can’t stop these radio stars …

Following the spectacular success of the school show at the end of last half-term, some of the cast and crew of ‘Back to the 80s‘ were interviewed on Meridian FM on Saturday 23 February. You can hear extracts from the show here!

Pictured here are Juno Phitidis, Imogen Booth, Ms Warran, Ethan Chapman, Nuha Diaz, Tia Bartlett and Cameron Rex.



Ski trip 2019

Sackville ski trip an amazing experience for all

A group of Sackville students travelled to New England over the half-term holiday to enjoy a tremendous week’s skiing at Killington. You can see from the pictures that it was an amazing experience. 

We are accustomed to hearing about how wonderful our students are when they go away on trips. Even so, we were delighted to hear from the company representative in the USA that 

Sackville School really did stand out from the crowd in a resort full of British school groups. They certainly did you all proud out there.”

Special thanks go to Mr Treen for his fantastic organisation, and to Mr Hayden, Ms Vance, Mrs Hadlow and Mr Gerretsen for all of their support. It was certainly a trip that will last a lifetime in the students’ memories.

Hugo and Erwan

Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux

The thoughts of the Sackville community are with these young men and their families at this very difficult time. Further comment from the school would not be appropriate at this point.

Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s surpasses all expectations

The evening of Friday 15th January was one of those times when working at Sackville seems like the best job in the world. Our school shows are always very special, and our full-house audiences have become accustomed to high-standard production values, but Friday’s exceptional performance of ‘Back to the 8os‘ was almost too brilliant to describe. We already knew the show was a skilful blend of impeccably timed comedy, high quality singing, superb acting and choreography and awe-inspiring special effects. But on the final evening the whole cast and crew elevated the show to a new pitch. Several veterans of many Sackville shows declared ‘Back to the 80s’ was our ‘best show ever‘. 

Well done to the scores of people who have made this production happen – well over 100 students and staff. This was a true team performance, an embodiment of ‘Together We Achieve’. Special mention must be given to Ethan Chapman, knocked off this motorbike on Thursday morning, but completing two superb evening performances in a sling. As Headteacher Julian Grant said, Ethan was an ‘inspiration to us all‘.

You can read a review by local journalist Geraldine Durrant here.

Top of the Bench

Sackville students are ‘Top of the Bench’!

Congratulations to our four ‘Top of the Bench‘ competitors this year. Luke Waddell, Sophie Larkin, Scarlett Green and Charlie Snashfold competed against ten other schools in a regional heat at Lewes Priory School. After a gruelling day spent completing practical tasks and multiple choice assessments, they finished a very creditable sixth overall, with a score that would have earned them second place in other regional competitions.

All of the four team members represented the school with enthusiasm and commitment, working very hard throughout. They displayed excellent practical skills, worked safely, and accurately analysed their results. Very well done and congratulations!

English Speaking Union Mace Competition

Sackville success at the English Speaking Union Mace debate competition

Aminah Rahman and Isabelle Goddard smoothly progressed to the regional final of the English Speaking Union Mace Debate Competition on Tuesday 29th February. They proposed the motion This house believes that no essential service should be provided on a for-profit basis.

Aminah and Isabelle spoke with confidence and passion against a challenging Brighton College team. Of the three teams in this round, Sackville and Brighton College progressed to the regional finals – to be held in February. Judges commented on the clarity of expression and quality of reasoning that the team demonstrated. Many congratulations to the whole debate team , including those behind the pair who have helped research and hone the arguments for this debate: Imogen Gaines and Kezia Augustine. Many other students are involved in debating club, so it has been a real Sackville team effort.

If you are interested in joining the debate club then see Mrs Stuart. Year 11-13, if you want to develop your presentation, argument and general speaking skills (valuable for job interviews, future careers and organising your ideas and arguments in writing) you are welcome to get involved too!

Ofsted 2019

Ofsted publish extremely positive report about Sackville

We are delighted to be able to share the letter published by Ofsted today following our short inspection on January 10th.

The letter, addressed to Mr Grant, is not a report. It summarises the inspectors’ findings from the one day ‘health check’ visit and therefore cannot change the current judgement of being a ‘good’ school. However, it is a very positive read which does capture the essence of Sackville well.

Highlights include powerful statements such as:-

  • “Students make strong progress across all subjects”
  • “Students are well mannered, good humoured and very welcoming, They are loyal to, and proud of, their school.”
  • “There is a tangible sense of purpose and commitment to every student having a successful and happy experience of education”
  • “(The school has) continued to develop and strengthen senior and middle leadership”
  •  “Teachers go above and beyond on a regular basis”
  •  “(The school has) created an ethos that allows every child to be valued”

These are just a few examples of a multitude of strongly positive comments throughout the letter.

Once again, thank you so much for your positive feedback during the inspection which meant a huge amount to us.

Sports leaders junior basketball

Sackville sports leaders sacrifice day off to lead primary basketball day

Thank you to Joe AstleyJoe SheridanHannah Plumb, Jack Sands, Isobel Carrick, Anika Raymond, Archie Mabey and Luke Peel for giving up their INSET day off in order to run the primary basketball day in our sports hall on Tuesday 22 January. That is truly going the extra mile!