Michael Leppard, long-time Sackville teacher and mainstay of our Religious Studies department, sadly passed away at the start of September.
Michael joined the school in the mid-seventies as a ‘master of divinity’ and taught an entire generation of students from his base in A11.
He retired from Sackville in 1996 and went on to enjoy a long and very active third age. A prodigious walker, he used two feet to travel everywhere, and could still be seen on foot around town this summer. Often his walks would bring him into school with some lesson materials for ex-colleagues, or to give an assembly to the sixth-form.
A large part of his retirement was spent promoting the cause of the town museum (in which he is pictured here). Securing the new premises and the loan of a number of artefacts telling the story of the ‘guinea-pigs’ was greatly assisted by his learned persistence.
He will be missed by the entire East Grinstead community.
Movement on the Ground
Thank-you to all of the families who have donated clothing and equipment to our appeal on behalf of Movement on the Ground.
All of the donations are supporting the winterisation programme on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos where refugees have continued to arrive with very little attention from the media. In September alone more than 1000 people have arrived in little inflatable boats. The camps are already full and the Greeks cannot cope with this crisis alone.
We have until the end of September to collect as much as we can. If you have any of the items below you can spare, send them into school.
Blankets / Sleeping bags, tents, camping mats / yoga mats / gym mats (no-inflatables), winter footwear for all (boots, wellies), winter coats, jumpers / fleeces, NEW underwear for children & adults, winter socks for children & adults, thermal underwear for children & adults, scarves / hats / gloves for children & adults, towels, nappies, sanitary towels (no tampons), soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste
Luke Waddell is Arkwright Scholar
Congratulations to Luke Waddell in year 12, who has been confirmed as an Arkwright Scholar for the next two years.
The Arkwright scholarships are awarded to students who show particular promise in the STEM subjects (science, engineering, technology and maths) and give them the opportunity to work with professionals in the engineering industry. These are prestigious awards and competition to receive one is fierce.
For Luke this comes on top of excellent GCSE results, and recent attendance at a ‘Maths Challenge’ summer school for exceptional maths students.
Well done Luke – we are sure that year 12 will be a breeze for you!
Luke is pictured here with Headteacher Mr Grant (right) and Leader of Design Technology Mr Treen.
Mac steps up to the plate
One of our year 10 students made exceptionally good use of his summer holiday: you may have seen Mac Lloyd-Skinner (left) on the CBBC young chef competition Step up to the Plate. Mac cooked up a storm in front of the judges, and was particularly impressive in the final televised at the end of August.
Mac went on to win the Head Chef title at the end of the series which is a truly fantastic achievement.
Congratulations too to Joseph Boyle (right) also in year 10, who was a great competitor in the show.
We are looking forward to a few well-timed visits to our food technology department when their classes are on!
It is with the utmost sadness that we share the news of the passing of Andrew Smith.
Andrew will be remembered for so many things, not least the dignity with which he faced his illness over the last year. No-one present will forget the charity basketball game he graced last November, and the huge cheers every time he sank a basket – which was every shot, for as usual he never missed.
All of our staff count it as an honour to have worked with him in the short time he was at Sackville. So many of his peers are proud to have counted him as a friend.
We have lost a young man of immense talent and promise, who grabbed every opportunity his brief life offered and wrung every last ounce from it. Andrew was a true example and inspiration to the whole Sackville community, and the thoughts of that community are with his family now. Andrew, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Sackville School is delighted with the GCSE results achieved by its students today. They are a reflection of a great year group who approached their studies and all the accompanying pressures outstandingly well.
All of the GCSEs were on the new more demanding 9-1 scale this year and the students rose magnificently to the challenge. With highlights including 8 out of 10 students achieving strong GCSE passes in English and also in maths we can confidently say that at Sackville ‘Together we Achieve’.
Not only were our own expectations exceeded; the students achieved comfortably 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. 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 students are celebrating another really high quality set of A level results.
Half of all grades were at B, A or A* and over 90% achieved the higher C+ grades in English, maths and geography, with 83% in history and in physics. No fewer than 20 students achieved an A* or A grade in maths alone which is outstanding.
The students have once again coped remarkably well with the new, more challenging A levels and it is testament to their staff who prepared them thoroughly.
Top achievers include Grace de Souza who achieved a fantastic 4 A* grades and a further 11 students who achieved straight A/A*s: Sam Akehurst, Imogen Booth, Mark Botha, Jenny Brockbank, Olivia Burton, Ellie Bush, Alice Holman, Casper Parsonage, Will Roberts Percy, Ben Sweetman and Marnie Trewern. A further 7 students achieved 2 A/A*s: Hollie Barden, Tatyana Koleva, Treya Lufu, Ollie Moon, Emily Phipps, Tom Taylor and Melissa Turner.
Such strong results have led to great success in securing apprenticeship, first choice university, medical and veterinary school places.
Headteacher Julian Grant commented:
“We are thrilled with these results and I would like to congratulate all students, staff and their parents for the hard work and dedication that made these outcomes possible. A huge well done to the Sackville community!”
World Challenge 2019
Our World Challenge team flew to Malawi on the last Friday of term for their three-week trip. The action began immediately with an ascent of Mulanje Mountain. The slideshow gives some idea of the incredible scenery experienced.
As well as the World Challenge leader, the group are benefitting from Mr Langford as one of the staff leaders. Mr Langford grew up in Malawi and is very keen to share this amazing country with the visitors.
After this initial adventure, the group headed to their project at Fishermen’s Rest, working at Madziabango School.
A safari followed at the Liwonde National Park during the R and R phase of the trip.
The students returned safely on August 2nd. As you can see, it is the experience of a lifetime.
Steve Latus – still a legend after forty years
At the end of term in July, as well as saying our fond farewells to those departing for pastures new, we marked a very special anniversary: Steve Latus has taught at Sackville for forty years. When he started with us, Mrs Thatcher had just become prime-minister, Pink Floyd had just released ‘The Wall’, and Arsenal had just beaten Manchester United in the ‘Five-Minute Cup Final’.
That is a long time to serve one school, and what service Steve has given. He is very fondly remembered by hundreds of geography students and those who were in the several year groups he headed up. There have been some lovely comments on Instagram:
- Great man, taught me and now teaching my son. Keep going! You were a firm favourite back in my day and still are now!
- The man is a legend, he taught me many years ago, and has since taught my daughter, I’m hoping my son will have the same experience soon!
- Best head of year ever
- He’s taught two of my three this year and been brilliant. One of the loveliest, funniest teachers to meet at parents’ evening too.
- Loved by my partner and me in the 90’s when we were at Sackville, now loved by our kids too!
- What an amazing man! As he interviewed my new year 7 for September he told us that’s its never seemed like ‘work’ because he’s loved every day.
Well done to someone who truly makes Sackville what it is.