On Friday we received confirmation from the government that our GCSE results were in the top 12% of all schools using the official value added measure of achievement. This indicator looks at the GCSEs each student achieves and compares them with what they would have been predicted to get based on their results at the end of primary school.
We are of course extremely proud of these results and once again want to congratulate our students, their parents and all of our staff over the last year.
Friday was also very appropriately ‘Stars in our Schools‘ day, where we celebrated the outstanding contribution our excellent support staff make to the school. There is no doubt that without their effort, enthusiasm and professionalism our results would not have been so strong in the summer.
Year 11s are now right in the middle of their first set of pre-public exams. Good luck to them all; we know this is a vital staging post in the students’ journeys to great things in 2016. Rest assured we will be with them all the way.
Year 8s enjoyed a hilarious drama presentation on Wednesday November 25th. Two talented actors came to the main hall to deliver the message that we should all ‘Bin it Our Way’. Volunteer students showed how they would throw away different pieces of litter, with one student sliding to the bin before slam-dunking his waste, and another using the bin only after he had approached it with the Moonwalk.
A very entertaining way to get the tidy message across!
Our Winter Concert surpassed expectations. It was great to see so many of our community involved, and what an impression they made! One member of the audience tweeted “So my one night off gigs and I end up at a huge gig @Sackville_EG with a plethora of young musical talent performing brilliantly”.
Well done to all – the creative and performing arts are safe and in fine shape at Sackville.
Over £300 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thursday November 19th began for many year 10s with a celebration of the success of the students who achieved a GCSE in a modern foreign language (French or German). They were treated to a suitably continental breakfast of juice and croissants with their teachers and Mr Grant. As Mr Bolton said, the students deserved fulsome congratulations for achieving a GCSE when only in year 9, as part of the ‘fast track’ programme.
After eating, students were presented with their certificates by Mr Bolton, Head of Modern Foreign Languages.
Later in the day girls in the year group enjoyed an exercise session with boxercise and aerobics with former student Olly Barrott who works for Active Sussex.
Olly has been in for a number of sessions and has motivated students to try different activities both inside and outside school.
As you can see from the photo, these girls can!
On Monday 16th November Sackville School was delighted to host Jim Miller and Brian Richens of the East Grinstead Lions, who have generously given the school a grant of £1200 to be spent on PE equipment.
The Lions were keen to have a go on the exercise bikes purchased with their donation.
For the past eight years, Sackville students and teachers have participated in the annual Lions’ sponsored swim, with up to 12 teams of swimmers taking part. In return the Lions donate 50% of the money raised by the Sackville participants.
The grant this year has been spent on two upright exercise bikes and one recliner, which will be used by students in year 10 and above.
Our community fell silent on Monday at the end of lesson two for one minute as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in Paris on Friday night.
The atrocities in France will be discussed in assemblies this week.
Our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum is extremely important at times like these. We will be making clear that the attacks were the work of people who do not in any way represent a particular religion.
At Sackville we value highly any feedback we can get about how well we are working for our students. That’s why we ask all parents to complete a questionnaire at every parents’ evening. This is what our year 11 parents told us just before half term, and we are immensely proud to share it.
Congratulations to our U13 girls’ football team! On Friday they won the Ardingly School Girls’ Football Tournament, scoring 22 goals and conceding only 1. Team manager Miss Offler hailed an exceptional performance in which every one of the girls gave 100%. It’s good to see how well our year 7 girl footballers have settled in.
Meanwhile, the year 7 boys’ team continues their amazing start to the season, this week winning their tenth match on the trot to preserve their 100% record.
Are you watching Mr Hodgson?
The Sackville community threw itself into the annual Children in Need day with its usual gusto.
Students paid to come to school out of uniform, and money was also raised with an incredible cake sale in The Link, where the quality of the produce had to be seen to be believed. Well worth the long queue down the corridor!
At lunchtime, sixth form students took on the staff at dodgeball. Sixth formers can be frail things, so the staff generously allowed them to win the first game. After that the usual order was reasserted with staff winning the second game. The third game was evenly balanced when the bell for the end of lunch went!
The £2000 raised on Friday will be put together with the monies raised from the annual quiz (see below).
The annual quiz organised by the senior students was won this year by the school governors. Well done to them, but also to the sixth form students for their excellent organisation and delivery of the evening. The money raised will be split between BBC Children in Need and Chailey Heritage School.
Thank you to the many students and parents who came to our very busy and successful sixth form open evening.
We would like to remind all year 11 applicants to choose four subjects to study for examination at AS level in year 12. Students will go on complete three A levels or BTECs in year 13.
This will give students the best possible springboard for applications to university and apprenticeships.
Once again in 2015 the progress our students made at both AS and A level was significantly above the national average – the seventh straight year this has been the case at AS level, and the third year in a row at A2 level. To see how much better our progress is compared to national data please click here. Achieving such progress figures means that each year a quarter of our A level results are at A and A*, and three quarters are above C.
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