Sports results since last Sackville News … U13 football vs Tanbridge House lost 1-2. U14 basketball vs Oathall won 45-10. U16 basketball vs Michael Hall lost 24-42. U19 netball beat BHASVIC in the first round of the Sussex Cup – Player of the match Esme. U16 Lost to Brighton College in the first round of the Sussex Cup – Player of the match Charlie. U15 Lost to Oathall 15 – 20 in the first round of the Sussex Cup. U14 A and B hockey both lost to Notre Dame – Players of the match Hannah and Eleanor. U16 hockey lost to Notre dame – player of the match Morgen. U16 beat Millais 35-6 – player of the match Charlie. U19 netball tournament, beat Collyers 7-5, beat St Bedes 7-3, beat Ardingly 6-3, beat Brighton College 6-3, beat Mayfield 7-2, lost to Worthing College 3-4, lost to Hurst 6-11, finished 3rd overall – top state school. Players of the match Esme, Georgia, and Charlie.

2015 GCSE results in the top 13% of schools

We have just received confirmation from the educational charity the Fischer Family Trust that our GCSE results were in the top 13% of all schools using the government’s new measure of achievement, ‘Progress 8′. 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 the our students, their parents and all of our staff over the last year. Rest assured we will be looking for better still in the summer!

 Year 8s asked to bin it with style!

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!

‘… a plethora of musical talent performing brilliantly”

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.

A busy day for year 10

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!

Sackville gets the Lions’ Share

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.

Sackville observes the minute’s silence on Monday November 16th

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.

So how are we doing?

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.

These girls could teach the England team a thing or two

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?

Sackville raises £2000 for Children in Need

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).

Annual Quiz raises more than £600

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.


Sackville Sixth Form: application deadline December 11th

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.

To see the presentation from the open evening please click here.

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