DfE Progress 8 first release

Government confirms Sackville’s outstanding exam results

The government has confirmed how well our year 11 students performed last year with the first release of its performance tables. These show we have achieved the the much sought-after ‘above average‘ classification.

This is based on our ‘Progress 8‘ score of 0.31, showing that one in every three GCSE grades last summer was a full grade higher than those achieved by similar students in other schools.

We knew how hard our 16 year-olds worked last year; we are delighted to see this confirmed by these official figures.

You can see more details of our achievements on the Department for Education website.

Sackville success at the Netball Nationals

Sackville success at the Netball Nationals

Congratulations to our U16 and U19 netball teams, the only representatives from the state sector at the netball national heats at Roedean on Saturday.

The U16s, with many year 10s in the team, came 5th, and the U19s came 9th – against some very strong competition (and a lot of rain). Well done girls!

Mid-Sussex applauds Head Boy Ayo

Mid-Sussex applauds Head Boy Ayo

Congratulations to our head boy Ayo Odeyinde, who has been named Young Volunteer of the Year at the Mid-Sussex Applauds Reception at Eastcourt on Sunday October 13th.

The judges were impressed by Ayo’s many volunteering exploits. During the last summer holidays he arranged a sports summer club, obtaining all of the necessary permissions, arranging for DBS checks for helpers and securing funding. Twenty primary aged students each day had their holidays enormously enhanced by his efforts. 

Ayo regularly volunteers as a sports leader at Estcots Primary School, offers his services to the Welcome Cafe at Trinity Methodist Church and also accompanies members of his scout troop to Charters Retirement Village to support residents there.

Well done indeed Ayo – all this and still time to play a key role in the annual Sackville-Imberhorne Memorial Game.

Thank-you also to Mr Heatley, Seren Foulds, Toulah Morgan (pictured), Jamie Bland, Ali Cumpatescu, Saskia Crumpton and Chloe Harman who gave up their Sunday afternoon to play some wonderful music at the event.

Year 11 high VA students

Year 11s celebrate superb progress with a croissant

Congratulations to our top value-added students in year 11, who were recently invited to breakfast with Mr Grant under our new dining canopy.

These are students who have done particularly well in their year 10 exams compared to their ‘minimum expected grades’.

Year 11 have made a great start to the new academic year – keep this up!

Observatory Open Evening October 2018

The skies clear for the first observatory open evening of the year

One of the great consolations of the shortening days of autumn is the return of our school observatory open evenings. Led by the redoubtable Mr Bush, but with a growing band of helpers, the Sackville community is invited to lift their eyes to the darkening heavens and wonder.

After our first open evening of the year, Mr Bush was able to write:-

It was great to see lots of new faces, (and some stalwarts) at our first observatory open evening of the season on Wednesday. Our main telescope tracked to Moon and allowed some amazing photo opportunities like those here by Stephen Baldwin and Keiran Colvill. Meanwhile, supporters Steve Pond and Max Goddard used separate scopes to wow children and parents with the rings of Saturn and splendour of Jupiter’s atmosphere and moons.

For more details, see https://www.facebook.com/SackvilleObservatory/

Year 8 Geography Field Trip 2019

Year 8 geographers enjoy an educational day by the sea

250 of our year 8 students had a true outdoor learning experience on Wednesday October 9th, when they visited the coast between Seaford and Hastings for their geography fieldwork day.

A primary focus was coastal defence, which is hardly ever out of the news along this stretch of coastline. 

Students also looked at the different shapes of pebbles and stones on different beaches, and filled in fieldwork booklets explaining the processes that had created them.

A particular highlight this year was seeing the beach actually being rebuild and supported at Seaford, ready for the expected battering from equinoctial storms.

Year 10 sports leadership

Year 10 sports leaders shine at Blackland Farm Academy Launch

Mrs Currie was proud to take her new year 10 sports leaders to Blackland Farm on Wednesday 9th October for the launch of the Leadership Academy. As usual our students were brilliant, and a credit to the school.

The leaders took part in lots of great activities, from archery to tree climbing to team building conundrums!

Everyone entered into the spirit of the day wholeheartedly.

Fifity-six students applied to become part of the academy and every single applicant this year was a worthy one. For those that didn’t make it through to the final fourteen, don’t worry: Mrs Currie has plenty of sporting activities and events to help with throughout the year. 

Adam Dabell 2019

Sackville show Carrick-ter to bring home Adam Dabell Trophy

Thursday 10 October saw the annual Adam Dabell Memorial Football Match between Imberhorne and Sackville at the ground of East Grinstead Town FC. Sackville ran out winners of a high-quality encounter after an Ethan Carrick hatrick.

The point of the game of course is to commemorate Adam Dabell, an ex-Sackville student, who died suddenly after playing football due to an undiagnosed heart condition, and to raise awareness of this possibility in all young people.

It was a privilege to watch the players from both schools approach the game in the right spirit

Thanks to Mr Watson, Mr Endersby and Mr Currie for organising the game, and to all the spectators who came out to enjoy it.

STEM launch Haywards Heath

Sackville STEM students rise to the challenge

Congratulations to Charlie Howcroft, Arther Crawley, Joshua Ramirez Turk, Miah Blackburn, Grace Olyaie, Noah Roberts and Sienna Mogg who represented Sackville at the launch of the Mid-Sussex STEM Challenge in the presence of local MP Sir Nicholas Soames. The challenge has been created by local businesses to support students looking into a career in science, technology engineering or maths.

The students have been asked to modify an off-road radio-controlled car for a number of different challenges which they will perform against seven othe schools, leading to a final next spring. 

Updates will be posted here!

Culture, carbs and clever conversation in Cambridge

Culture, carbs and clever conversation in Cambridge

Thank you to Mrs Stuart for taking students from years 10, 12 and 13 to Cambridge to get some public speaking training from Cambridge debaters.

Arriving early meant time for sightseeing in the city, vising Fitzwilliam Museum for culture, and Pizza Express for carbs (Mrs Stuart’s descriptions!). The debating itself took place at the Cambridge Union where speakers were judged by none other than Judge Judy. Well done to all of those who took part – you did yourselves and Sackville proud.

Pictured from back, left to right, are Emma Smyth, Suzy McMillan, Annie McMillan, Jack Charlton-Nevitt, Matthew Botten, Rosie Pumford, Bailey Johnson, Lao Lufu, Tamar Symons, Isabelle Goddard, Lucy Phipps, Michael Panayiotou, Max Scrivener, Imogen Gaines, Ellie Smith.