Invisibiliteam raise £150 through talent show

On Wednesday 18th April 2018, Melissa Turner and Hollie Barden put on a talent show open to all years. This was part of their ongoing project “Invisibiliteam” which promotes positive action for those who suffer with “invisible” disabilities and/or mental health issues. They had a mix of group acts and soloists. There was an excellent turn-out on the night and the audience members enjoyed the show as well as the available refreshments. This was organised in aid of raising money to support work done in the School Base.

The girls said “We felt this was an important part of the school to focus our efforts as the Base promotes students’ wellbeing and helps those who may be struggling or who need extra support. We raised a grand total of £152.73 and would like to thank the Sackville community who attended or donated in any way. We hope to further our project in West Sussex in the future”.

Talented year 9s

Is there no end to the talent of our year 9s?

A big weekend for two of our year 9 students!

Friday night saw the Sussex County Girls U14 football team win the South-East Region County Cup. Sackville Student Lucy Plumb played a key part in the team, which won on penalties after a draw in normal time. 

Lucy played a key part in the success. Man Utd could have used her services the following day …

Meanwhile fellow year 9 student Amber Titchener  has performed her self-penned track entitled Jigsaw for the prestigious Wurd Sessions channel. We believe she’s the youngest performer to undertake such a recording for their “One Song, One Take” series; the channel contacted Amber’s father after seeing her play live.

Two names to watch for the future!

Y12 Drama – Road

‘An incredible performance’

These were the words of one of the audience after an hour in the company of our year 12 drama students. The group had put on a powerful version of Jim Cartwright‘s ‘Road‘ which took us back to the industrial north in the 1980s. All the characters live on the same road, and the piece portrays their sense of desperation in the face of the insurmountable economic challenges of the period.

It was not all northern grit however: liberal sprinkings of humour made the punches harder when they came. And as the ensemble converged on the chorus-like ending, chanting in unison somehow, somehow, somehow I might escape, the audience were left in no doubt about the power of the piece. Nor was there any room for argument about the talent of the cast. An amazing performance which makes us look forward all-the-more to their work in year 13. Well done indeed!

Pictured here are (back) Ethan Chapman, Melissa Turner, Imogen Hannam, Nuha Diaz, Gabriel Rathbone, Iuri Bennett, Amanda Heather, Juno Phitidis and (front) Laura Sizer, Wade Marais.


Junior Maths Challenge

Sackville students excel in Junior Maths Challenge

Two Sackville students have qualified for the Junior Maths Olympiad after their exceptional performances in the Junior Maths Challenge last month.

Thomas Salter (year 7, left in picture) and Matthew Botten (year 8) both scored so highly as to both secure a gold certificate and proceed to the next round of the challenge, the Olympiad. Matthew even managed to score full marks.

Well done to these two young men – we look forward to finding out how you have got on!

Physics women

No girls studying physics A level? Not at Sackville!

Today’s news on the BBC website is that in nearly half of all schools no girls go on to study A level physics. Not at Sackville we are extremely glad to say. Here are some of our female physics A level students.

We are also very proud of our young women who go on to the challenge of physics at university. Last year’s top performer Ciara Nightingale is soon to return to enthuse current students with her tales of studying astrophysics at Bath University.

Katie Offler

Miss Offler is a winner in the Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards

We are delighted to announce that Katie Offler has been selected as a winner in the Sussex Newspapers ‘Teacher of the Year‘ awards.

These awards, presented at a grand ceremony in Brighton in June, recognise outstanding contributions by staff in Sussex schools, and are based on nominations from students, parents and colleagues.

Katie is celebrating her win by quietly preparing her students for their GCSE, A level  and BTEC exams this week in her usual quiet and determined way!

Y13 PA

Powerful final performance from this special group of year 13 students

Our year 13 performing arts students have signed off in some style. Their final piece portrayed the struggles of a young woman facing the challenges of growing up with the usual twenty-first century pressures, but exacerbated by her schizophrenia.

Each of the students took a turn to act the central character, as she struggled with her inner demons and the unsympathetic attitudes of some of those around her. Clever use of sound and music, all chosen and arranged by the students, built an intimidating and claustrophobic atmosphere which drew the audience into the inner turmoil of the main character.

Pictured here are Amy Collins, Imogen Fraser, Tia Bartlett, Catherine Belcher and Megan Parsons.

For these students the performance marks their final contribution to the performing arts at Sackville, and the end of an involvement that for some of them goes back seven years.

We are going to miss them!


Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh

A cool Duke of Edinburgh expedition for year 10

Six intrepid teams of year 10s completed their practice Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition over the weekend of 28-29 April. By 10.30 on Saturday the teams were deep in the heart of the South Downs National Park, making progress over the whaleback humps of the downs to the Cuckmere Valley beyond.

On Saturday each team had a teacher accompanying them, to help them learn the gentle arts of navigation. Or to allow the group to get lost, depending on the attitude of the leader! Arrival at the campsite at Wick Street Farm was quickly followed by making camp and cooking dinner. A brisk and very fresh wind made the evening and night a cold one.

An early reveille from Mr Langford on Sunday morning ensured that the teams had departed by shortly after 8am, this time making their ways unaccompanied back towards the coast. Despite navigational difficulties where footpath signs seemed to have been removed, the groups completed day two in around the six hours specified. Some tired students gladly jumped into the minivans for the journey home, glad to relax but very pleased in the knowledge that they had risen to the challenge of the weekend magnificently.

Special thanks to Mrs Rawsthorne and Mr Langford for piloting D of E this year, and to Mr Langford for running the weekend so effectively.

SSAT Leading Edge

Sackville School has been recognised for its excellence by becoming a member of the SSAT Leading Edge network, a national group of exclusively high-performing secondary and special schools. Leading Edge supports schools in collaborating to raise achievement, develop innovative new ideas and share practical strategies within the network and across the school system to benefit all students.

SSAT’s Chief Executive Sue Williamson said ‘We are delighted to welcome Sackville School to our Leading Edge network. It is a credit to the hard work of all of their staff and students that they have been recognised as high-performing and we look forward to working with them.