Sackville is celebrating its best ever GCSE results which saw 73% of the school’s students achieving 5 good passes at grade C+ including English and maths. This is a very impressive 10% increase on last year’s strong results and places it amongst the top performing schools in the county. It is also 12% above the average for West Sussex.
In both English and Maths, over 80% of students achieved at least a grade C which is tremendous. The national averages for these subjects were 65% and 63%, which shows just how well our students did.
No fewer than 26 students gained 7 or more top grades at A*/A, 19 of whom achieved double figures: Katie Balmer, Tom Beswick, Anna Davison, Lucas Day, Joe de Souza, Ben de Turris, Esme Foreman, Sophie Gallimore, Amy Heron, Francesca Higginson, Kevin Michell, Ciara Nightingale, Joe Roberts-Percy, Emma Sizer, Finn Treadaway, Laura Trewern, Robert Ure, Amber Walton and Adam Woods.
This performance comes hot on the heels of Sackville receiving a prestigious national ‘Good Schools Guide’ award this summer and a very successful Ofsted inspection in the spring.
Headteacher Julian Grant commented “I am over the moon with these results as they are so well deserved and such an outstanding achievement for everyone in the school. To say that I am proud of the students is an understatement; they worked very hard and showed a fine attitude throughout the year. It is also a great day for our talented teaching and support staff who, together as a team, gave their all. Sackville is, indeed, in fine shape”.
It is with the greatest sadness that we share the awful news of Matt’s sudden and untimely passing on Monday.
Matt was above all a true gentleman. Helping others made him happier than anything else, as is clear from the flood of tributes on Facebook. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he seemed to spend as much time helping others achieve academic success as he did on his own studies. He could also always be relied upon by staff to help out around school, and many a prospective student will have benefited from one of Matt’s tours of the school. His maturity and politeness invariably impressed all of those he met.
He was about to start his final year at Reading University, and had been spending this summer working in Waitrose. We know he had a great future ahead of him.
A keen sportsman, Matt kept goal for the school football team and had played for both Estcots and Halsford Lions before that. Cricket was probably his first sporting passion though, and he was captain of the school team, where his calm approach and technical prowess encouraged all of those around him.
Matt will be sadly missed by the whole community and our thoughts are with all his family.
We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of former student Paul Keenor who was tragically killed in a car accident earlier this month. Paul, a reserve fireman, was responding to an emergency call.
Paul will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and his great sense of humour; many could have predicted a career in the fire service after seeing his unerring accuracy with a ‘super-soaker’ water pistol on the last day of year 13!
On Friday September 11th at 5pm we will be hosting a rugby match in Paul’s memory at Sackville. This will be between members of his year group (class of 2008, head of year Miss Francis) and current sixth formers.
Our thoughts are with Paul’s mother and father and his sister Poppy.
The latest exploits of our World Challenge team would make anyone jealous.
The last few days of the trip are the rest and relaxation phase. After spotting the ‘big five’ (I don’t think this means the school leadership team) on safari at the Ngorongoro crater, they travelled to the resort of Kipepeo south of Dar es Salam. Here they travelled by traditional Swahili Dhow to a remote beach where they practised Masai jumping. There is indeed more to life than exam results!
Earlier the students worked alongside local craftsmen building a nursery school in Njoro, Kenya. Together We Achieve indeed!
Walls, a roof and sections of floor were constructed during four days of hard graft. The toilets have also been painted.
After this, the students repaired to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to plant native trees. The aim of doing this in part to offset the carbon footprint of the trip, and in part to show what teenagers can do!
In the distance Kilimanjaro is clearly visible!
We were delighted to see so many happy students with their results envelopes this morning at 7.30 am when we opened for business. Those who applied to university now have confirmed places. Others have secured apprenticeships on the basis of their results. More than three quarters of results were C or better, and half were B or better. More importantly, judged against national benchmarks, the progress our AS, A2 and BTEC students make is above the national average for the seventh year running. This is testament to the hard work of the students, their teachers, and to the excellent support given by parents and carers.
To celebrate the Tour de France visiting our twin town, Bourg de Peage, Sackville students made a human bicycle. The whole school and staff were involved, and you can view a short video of its creation on our school videos page.
We are delighted to share our 2015 Ofsted report. Please click here.
Come and see for yourselves – our open evening this year is Thursday September 24th, 5.30 – 8.30. Open mornings all the following week.
We have just received from Oxford Analytics the analysis of the 2014 A level results, and we are delighted to say that they confirm that Sackville is the place to come for A level and BTEC studies.
The progress our students make is compared with other schools in West Sussex and with our group of local schools (Crawley, East Grinstead, south Surrey, Tunbridge Wells and Uckfield). Our mathematics, physics, PE, religious studies and travel results are the best in West Sussex (that’s compared to all schools and sixth form colleges). A number of other subjects were second or third best in the county. For PE, our results were 22nd in the whole country!
In our local schools, our performance was best in art, textiles, PE, maths and religious studies, and second in physics, geography and sociology.
Sackville – the natural choice for sixth form study.
Click here to get to the blog created by our year 10s who are in Malawi for much of the summer holiday!