I am privileged to be the Headteacher of Sackville School, where all of our community, irrespective of background and ability, feel valued, secure and ambitious for themselves and each other. Our dedicated staff expect a great deal in terms of work, behaviour and appearance. In return, we offer all students the chance to learn and grow together with the right to be listened to and express themselves. Our successful examination results reflect our determination to work hard for each and every individual and thereby maximise their chances of success.
Our numbers may be large, but students and parents are continually struck by our ‘small community’ culture, friendliness and respect. As one example of many positive comments we receive, the following is from the parent of a student who recently finished year 11:
“Dear Mr Maywood – a quick note to say lots of wonderful things about you and your team! I would just like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone involved. Your hard work and dedication has been much appreciated. I was particularly impressed with the number of teachers who gave up their holiday time to come in and help the children pre-exams. I can appreciate how much organisation was needed just to make that happen; even bus timetables for how children were going to get into school were taken into account! Also thank you for all the extra classes that were made available and for personal touches like the pre-exam ‘meet and greet’ breakfasts (including pain au chocolat)! Even the hoodies are fab. The care and commitment shown by everyone including the new head has really been outstanding and has helped make what could have been quite a stressful time given the circumstances actually quite painless for children and parents alike.
Sackville has been a great school in so many ways for all my children. My eldest daughter left Sackville 5 years ago and teachers still show care and ask about her. The last parents’ evening was an amazing experience. I really felt that every teacher had been so much more than ‘just a teacher’.”
By any standards, this is a tribute to the staff and students of the school and confirms that our high expectations of conduct do bear fruit. Inspectors have commented that “Students’ behaviour and safety are good. The school is welcoming and calm. Students are well cared for and appreciate their teachers.” We have also recently received Unicef’s ‘Rights Respecting Award’ which endorses these values.
Testament to the quality of the Sackville experience is our large and vibrant Sixth Form into which so many students readily opt and where they make “..continually good progress from their starting points and are prepared well for the next stage in their education or careers.” Our aim is to provide a fine education that prepares our young people well for their future in a challenging yet exciting world.
Sackville is a reflective school, always striving to improve by responding to constructive scrutiny with a sense of confidence, openness and honesty. Our primary aim is to provide the highest quality learning experience for our students, both within and beyond the classroom. This website has been designed to give you an insight into this as well as providing the important information that our community needs on a regularly-updated basis. The newsletters can be accessed by clicking on the front page ‘Latest news’ or on the ‘News’ tab on the toolbar; they also hopefully give you a flavour of our enthusiasm, our care and our community spirit. Sackville is, indeed, a great place to learn and a great place to work.
Visitors often comment on the calm, purposeful and happy atmosphere around the school. The fact that well over 90% of our parents say they would strongly recommend Sackville to other parents is a fantastic endorsement – and we will not be satisfied until 100% is achieved! If you are already a parent of a child at our school, thank you for sending your child to Sackville. If you are considering entrusting your child to us, please come and visit us and meet our students and staff.
We look forward to meeting you and showing you around.
Please note school will close at 1.25pm on Wednesday 23 July, the last day of term.
Curriculum Enhancement Week
Sackville’s last full week of term was the usual riot of enthusiastic activity as students and staff enjoyed the annual Curriculum Enhancement Week. Activities included making and launching rocket-powered cars, building giant catapults to fire water balloons, overnight camps and day trips out from school.
Year 8s got to choose between a residential camp at Blackland Farm or a week of watersport at Ardingly Resevoir.
For older students there was a focus on careers guidance and the next steps after school.
A great way to end a very busy but enjoyable school year.