Year 9 Performing Arts

Year 9 performing arts students show real promise

Congratulations to our year 9 performing arts students for their different interpretations of Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on Thursday July 4th. The put on the play both for an assessment in the evening and earlier in the day for our new year 6 students.

Teacher Ms Warran rightly described each performance as fantastic, and added how interesting it was to see different interpretations of the central role of Christopher. Well done everyone! We say this a lot, but the performing arts are safe and thriving at Sackville.

Sixth formers at Cambridge

Sixth formers taken behind-the-scenes at Cambridge

Eleven of our year 12 students were treated to a master class on applying for  top universities at Cambridge on Thursday July 4th. Our Oxbridge adviser, Joshi Herrmann, set up special sessions with Dr William O’Reilly a history lecturer and admissions tutor. Dr O’Reilly took students into the library at Trinity Hall, where they were shown not only one of the oldest collections of books in the kingdoms, but original letters to the college from Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens.

Most useful was the abundant advice from Dr O’Reilly on how to secure the best chance of a place at Oxbridge. This included a dummy interview with Joshi Herrmann himself, where quickfire demanding questions opened our students’ eyes to what was required.

This was an inspiring and informative day and we would like to thank Joshi Herrmann and Dr O’Reilly for putting together the programme, and Mrs Plumb for driving our students all the way there and back.

New year 6s

Welcome to our new year 6 students!

Welcome to our new year 6 students as they arrive for their journey with us. We are looking forward to working with you over the next seven years.

Mrs Stromfield is Sussex Science Teacher of the Year

Mrs Stromfield is Sussex Science Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs Stromfield, our Head of Science, who has been named Science Teacher of the Year for Sussex

A delighted Mrs Stromfield heard the news at a ceremony at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Brighton on Thursday 27th June. She was also awarded the title of Science Teacher of the Year for Brighton, Hove and Mid-Sussex.

This is not a surprise to anyone at Sackville who is lucky enough to have been taught by Mrs Stromfield. Enormous congratulations on this significant award.

Year 9 debaters at Sevenoaks School

Our year 9 debaters impress in double-quick time

A group of novice Y9 debaters attended a competition for years 9 and 10 at Sevenoaks School on Friday 28th June. They were presented with a range of topics: banning private schools (interesting considering the venue!), allowing parents access to their children’s social media accounts and whether politicians have a right to their private lives not being reported on. These very current topics were challenging and resulted in some amazing debates with students from all of the participating schools thinking of very interesting arguments.  The British Parliamentary format means that students are told the topic and the side that they are arguing for only 15 minutes before the debate begins!
The group were led by Mrs Stuart, who was immensely impressed by them all. She said
Our students stepped up to the daunting plate and gave it their all. It was nerve-wracking and a little bit intimidating against schools with seasoned teams. We held our own and every student developed over the three rounds until at the end they were ready to take on anyone! I am very proud of all of them. 
Our sixth former students were helping to judge and have now been trained by expert London School of Economics debaters – developing brilliant skills and they did a fantastic job giving feedback to the younger years. Well done everyone!
Thank you to all of the students for their bravery and contributions, and to Mrs Stuart and Ms Halford for taking the trip.

Sackville musicians support Anna Howie

Anna Howie launches new EP with help from Sackville musicians

On Friday night 28th June,  Anna Howie launched her new EP ‘An Idiot’s Guide to Love’ with an enchanting performance at St John’s Church in Dormansland.
Anna was supported by a wealth of musicians from Sackville School including former staff member and student Simon Forsyth, all of whom added to what was an inspiring evening of country, folk and modern music.
Anna’s EP has entered the UK country album charts at number 7 which is an amazing achievement. Her EP can sampled and bought from here
Thanks for inviting us Anna and well done to our musicians: Toulah Morgan, Jamie Bland, Seren Foulds, Peggy Wheeler, Chloe Harman, Tia Bartlett, Jazmine Mustard, Isabelle Goddard, Lewin Parker, Craig Thorne, Tom Trounson, Michael Hoelters and Oliver Howland.

Year 8 visit war graves

Year 8 students visit the World War One battlefields

For our year 8 historians, Thursday 27 June will stay long in the memory. An early start and a long day is a very small price to pay in order to be able to visit the battlefields and cemeteries of World War One.

Students were suitably moved as a wreath was laid on behalf of Sackville at Tyne Cot. Other sites visited included Langemark, Hill 62 and Ypres.

Sackville students agree that this is a trip from which every school student benefits.

Thank-you to Ms McLeod for organising the day.

Art Exhibition 2019

Art exhibition showcases enormous talent

If anyone wants reassurance that the arts are alive and well at Sackville, a visit to our art exhibition would more than provide it.

Showcasing work from GCSE and A level art and photography students, the quality of what was on display would have graced an art gallery. The breadth of the work alone makes one pause for breath, but add the sheer quality of what is on display and you have something quite exceptional.

An enormous amount of hard work has gone into these pieces, and judging by the reaction of those visiting some strong grades can be expected this year.

Selected items from the showcase will be exhibited at the Festival of Arts St Swithun’s from Saturday 29th June to Tuesday 3rd July. Pop in if you get a chance!

Area Sports

It must be summer … Primary Area Sports arrives at Sackville


Lovely to see so many local primary students at Area Sports on Wednesday June 26th. Postponed last week due to the weather, today nothing could dampen the enthusiasm, effort and energy on show. The winners this year were Ashurst Wood (pictured above).

Thanks to all of the primary students, their teachers, Sackville PE staff and sports leaders for making this happen.