Sackville was visited by the Kidenza company on Friday 16th September. The company performed and gave a commentary to a variety of movements from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of The Animals. The orchestra featured players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performers from the English National Opera and musicians from the BBC’s programme ‘Maestro’.
They also gave a conducting masterclass to some of our GCSE music students in the afternoon where the students’ had the chance to conduct the orchestra!
Sixth formers at Sackville have demonstrated their artistic ability by restyling and decorating their ‘bistro’ social area. A team of 15 spent over two weeks designing and working on their project to make their area of the school a real pleasure to spend time in.
The students chose a painting by Van Gogh and adapted it to decorate one wall of the room after they had completely refurnished the rest of the area. It now provides a relaxing and colourful place to be. Not only were they able to demonstrate their artistic talents but they learnt the important life skills of painting and decorating.
The room was officially opened by headteacher Mr Julian Grant on Friday 16th September who commented: “Students at Sackville have had a long tradition of decorating their social space and this design is arguably one of the best!”
We are delighted to share the fantastic results achieved by our year 11s this summer. Our headline measure using the government’s new indicator is 0.36 (based on 2015 outcomes), where the expectation is 0. Though a small number, this would put us in the top 15% of schools in terms of the progress made by the students.
Three quarters of all results were at the higher grades of C or more, well above the national average. In both maths and English, more than 75% of students gained a C which far outstrips national figures.
There are so many strong achievements to note and we would like to give particular mention to two groups of students: those who attained the very highest grades and those who achieved the strongest progress, both of which are equally impressive. Well done to Rosy Napper (11A*, 2A), Oliver Blackman (6A*, 4A), Christopher Stuart (5A*, 5A), Alistair Smith (4A*, 8A), Andrew Huggett (4A*, 6A) and Erin Dearlove (3A*, 7A); also to Christopher Oglethorpe, Danny Vater, Ciaran O’Callaghan, Cameron Toogood, Isobel Booker and Adam Kelly who achieved the very highest progress.
Headteacher Julian Grant commented: “I have massive respect and admiration for the students in this year group who worked so hard and were supported so well by their parents: congratulations everyone! Together with the input of the dedicated and skilled staff here, they have achieved an outstanding set of results. It is the best progress we have ever achieved and another exceptional year for Sackville”.
On top of this, we received some very positive science results for year 10 and some exceptional fast track language results for our year 9 students. More than one-third of these students achieved the top A* grade, and 80% of students achieved a grade B or higher.
Sackville students are celebrating a brilliant set of A level results this year which marks the eighth consecutive year of progress being significantly above national expectations. Furthermore, alongside the 100% pass rate, 80% of all grades were at the higher tier of A*-C. Significantly, 24 students achieved an A* or A in maths alone!
We have just received two sets of value-added analysis which both judge us in a very positive light. The national ALPS database has awarded our A level performance the grade of ‘excellent‘ this year.
Particular congratulations go to Matt Bidgway, Kirsty Legg, Alba Halliday and Noriyuki Ishii who each achieved two A*s and one A grade. Seven other students achieved three A grades or better. There are very many others worthy of praise for their excellent progress, and almost all students secured a place at their first choice of university.
Headteacher Julian Grant commented: “I am so pleased for the students and their parents in achieving a really excellent set of results, especially with such a high proportion of grades at the top end. Congratulations to them all! We have a fine sixth form and I am delighted for the staff who gave such skilful, dedicated support throughout. It is clearly another great year.”
This could make you jealous: our year 12s had an incredible time in India. An action-packed itinerary included a six day trek in the Western Ghat hills in Kerala, followed by some well-deserved R and R on a houseboat. Then they went to a primary school in Haripad, to teach lessons and also to decorate the new dining room. There are almost too many highlights to list, but one would have to be the opening ceremony for the new canteen hosted by the school to thank the students for all their hard work. All those involved came back with a store of life-memories.
There was even time for a surprise visit from Mr Rahim, who even acted as an interpreter for a TV interview when he was there.
You may recall last year that headteachers in West Sussex began a campaign called “Worth Less?” to publicise the low educational funding of the county by central government and the need for a new national funding formula to be introduced as a matter of priority. The government announced last year that there will be a new formula, but with no clear start date and no extra provision for the forthcoming financial year 2017/18. Consequently, the “Worth Less?” campaign has been relaunched across the county.
Sackville has had a long tradition of managing its finances very carefully indeed and will continue to do so, driven by the aim of providing the best possible education for our students. We support this countywide campaign because we do not want our students to lose out unreasonably compared to others in the country.
Please click here for a letter from West Sussex heads explaining this further.
You can find our term dates for next academic year, 2016-7, here. Please note that next year the holiday dates for Sackville and other West Sussex schools are not always the same as those for Surrey, East Sussex and Kent.