Y12 Geography in east London

Year 12 geographers study regeneration in the East End

Our year 12 geographers are braving the chill winter winds looking at economic and social change in London’s East End. Students are looking at the impact of the 2012 Olympics on the area around Stratford, as well as the changes in the Docklands area over the last half century.

The day finishes with a curry in Brick Lane, now a hub of the London Bangladeshi community and long a place of arrival for new Britons.

Amongst all the change this area has seen the one constant is that ‘geography is everywhere’!

Nicholas Soames

From the constitution to cloudy apple juicean extremely informative audience with Sir Nicholas Soames

Our sixth form were in turn educated and entertained by Mid-Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames on a visit to the school on Friday February 2nd. 

Sir Nicholas began by giving tips on public speaking and debating, before opening up the floor to questions. These ranged from our unwritten constitution to commons debates about cloudy apple juice, and covered Donald Trump, the Irish border and defence expenditure in between.

At the end Sir Nicholas was thanked with a very warm round of applause. At the start our local MP had declared himself not to be a good public speaker. However, no-one after an hour in his presence would agree.

We would like to thank Sir Nicholas for giving up his time, and our debating team of John Hollins, Melissa Turner (who jointly compered the afternoon), Lucy Phipps, Aminah Rahman, Lily Kendrick, Isabelle Goddard and Imogen Gaines.


Alzheimer’s UK visit our health and social care students

Year 12/13 Health and Social groups hosted the Alzheimer’s Society on February 1st. The organisers (Tim Wilkins and Sarah Edgar) came to the lesson, accompanied by three Alzheimer’s sufferers (Dave, Alan and Brenda).  The students learnt about the care and support there is in the community and how easy it is to access, as well as about the work of Alzheimer’s UK. Dave, Alan and Brenda spoke candidly and openly about their condition, its effects and their day-to-day lives, whilst Tim and Sarah spoke to our students about their work and its importance.

Our students led a lively question and answer session after the presentation. We are very grateful to Alzheimer’s UK for giving us their time and expertise and letting us have this privileged insight. We would like to pass on our thanks as well to the students who asked the questions and to Dave, Alan and Brenda who were courageous enough to face a group of teenagers and explain so candidly about their condition. The visit has helped our students not only expand their knowledge also complete an all-important, module of their course.

Performance tables

Official performance tables confirm 2017 was a vintage A level year for Sackville

The release of validated government data confirm that our year 13 class of 2017 was our most successful ever. Progress in the sixth form was once again significantly above the national average for the fifth year running and this year was fourth in the county. The positive progress made in the sixth form follows this year group’s spectacular results at KS4, where they achieved a progress 8 score of 0.41. What this means is that our students would have achieved two whole grades higher in their A levels than students from similar starting points in an average school.

So a student at a normal school who would have gone on to get grades CCC at A level would have got grades BBC at Sackville; a significant difference which gives a lot more choice at university or apprenticeship level.

At GCSE this year our overall performance was in the top 40% of schools, and particularly pleasing was the progress of the students classified by the government as ‘disadvantaged’. At Sackville the performance of these students was in the top 25% nationally, and was the fifth best in the county.

Overall these figures are testament to the hard work of students, parents and teachers, who together have made 2017 another memorable year for the school.

BTEC Showcase, Y8 Celebration

Year 11s shine at the Performing Arts and Dance Showcase

The 2018 Performing Arts and Dance Showcase was truly an evening of magic. We have become accustomed over the years to a stunningly high standard of performances; this year’s matched any that have gone before. Themed around emotions, the performances ranged from professionally delivered monologues through dance duets to ensemble pieces from West End musicals such as RentMamma Mia, and of course now Hamilton, which had audience feet tapping. There was even space for a haunting rendition of the theme from The Mission so clear that if you closed your eyes you were in South America with Jermey Irons.

A full house left the show in high spirits, knowing both that they had enjoyed an evening of first rate entertainment, and that this excellent troupe of young people had taken a significant step towards a fantastic final grade in their qualifications.

We would like to thank all of the performers, friends and parents who attended, and of course Mrs Nibloe, Ms Warran and the returning Mrs Beasley. In the words of the penultimate number, these students have been changed for good!

Year 8s celebrate in style

Mr Grant, Head of Year 8 Mr Morris and Year Assistant Mrs Newcomb enjoyed a croissant and a pain au chocolate with our top year 8 students to celebrate their outstanding attitude to learning. Pictured here are all of the students who averaged A in their recent monitoring grades. Well done to them all!

Trampoline and sports leaders

Success for our sports competitors and sports leaders

Three Sackville students have qualified for the National Schools’ Trampoline Finals in Belfast in March. Oscar Morgan came 2nd in the Under 14s out of a field of 11. A great result and  a result of his hours of practice at Synergy Sports Academy under coaching of Lynda Munday. 

Jordi Crowther qualified in 3rd place behind last year’s National Finals winner. This is the second time in consecutive years that’s Jordi will represent Sackville at the finals having placed 2nd in 2017 in Newcastle. Jordi also trains with Synergy at Kings Leisure Centre.  

Heidi Crowther, also in a group of 12, placed 1st to become Zonal Under 19 Girls Elite Champion. She goes to Belfast with another of her club training partners from Sky High Trampoline Club, coached by Stella Jackson. 

Last year Heidi finished 3rd in the National Finals. For all three performers this is a remarkable achievement. Individually, they put in many hours of practice and compete beyond school; however they are all incredibly proud of representing Sackville. 

Meanwhile, our year 10 sports leaders have been hard at work leading a year 5 and 6 basketball festival. A big thanks to Theo Judge, James Young, Harvey Byatt, Harvey Snashfold, Tom Monney, Elliott Broomfield, Finley Lee Fisher and Nathan Randall, all of whom were commended by the visiting teachers and were in fact mistaken for sixth formers. Excellent school ambassadors indeed!

Chailey Heritage Assembly

Sackville presents a cheque for over £1000 to Chailey Heritage

One of the undoubted highlights of our assembly schedule is when Chailey Heritage visit to talk to our students about the amazing work they do with students in their school. Each year we try to raise some funds for Chailey Heritage, and this year we managed to present a cheque for over £1000.

This money will go towards providing for students with very complex special needs, which often involve producing bespoke engineered solutions. Our students listened with amazement as Al Carter from the school talked about the work they do.

The picture shows Louise Greenaway presenting Al with the cheque. Many thanks to Chailey Heritage for giving up time to come and speak to us.

January INSET

INSET days January 25th and 26th

Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th January are our third and fourth INSET days this year. Students in years 7-11 do not have to be in school for these two days. The two days are together to form part of the sixth form mock week, enabling our senior students to take their exams without losing teaching time.

Meanwhile, our teaching staff will be undertaking two days of training. This starts with a meeting of the research groups we have running this year, and is followed on work to enhance the role of the tutor at school, including training on the delivery of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC).

On Friday, we are delighted to host the world-renowned educational expert Shirley Clarke, who will talk about enhancing our learning culture. This is followed by staff working in their departments to create and review ‘personal learning checklists‘ (PLCs) which we have found are a significant help to students as they take control of their own learning and revision. Some staff are also having their first aid qualification re-validated.

So lots will be going on even though (most of) the students will be enjoying a long weekend!

Hamburg 2018

Sixth form international work experience in Germany

Eight of our year 13 students are enjoying international work experience in Germany from Monday January 15th. This is now an annual feature in our school calendar. We would like to thank our partner school in Hamburg for making all the necessary arrangements for our students.

The group flew to Germany on Saturday and enjoyed a day visit to Berlin on the Sunday. Here they are pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate. If you look closely, you can see Headteacher Mr Grant, and Mr Whitehead and Mrs Valentine of the sixth form team.

Oliver Roberts

Oliver is trekking to Everest Base Camp in memory of Matt Rieley

Year 12 student Oliver Roberts is to make the trek to Everest Base Camp next month, and is raising funds at the same time:

In February 2018,  I will be trekking with a group to the Base Camp of Mount Everest which lays at an altitude of 17,600 ft above sea level. The trip will last just over two weeks from the 17th of February until the 4th of March. Any money I raise in completing the trek will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Matt Rieley, an ex-student of our school, who sadly passed away in May 2016. Matt was such a huge part of many people’s lives in East Grinstead, especially within the Sackville community. Matt fought his illness with courage, determination and never lost his sense of humour – he was an inspiration to many.

Anyone wishing to donate to Oliver’s trek should visit the Just Giving link here. We look forward to an assembly on the trip upon your return!