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 I receive, the following is from a hotel guest staying with Sackville students on a recent ski trip to France:
“Dear Mr Grant,
During the Christmas holidays I had the pleasure of sharing a hotel with staff and students from your school on their ski trip in Montgenevre. I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you about how efficient your staff were and how polite and courteous your students are but I felt compelled to write and let you know, something I haven’t ever done previously!
Having had some previous difficult experiences when sharing a hotel with schools I am always slightly apprehensive but in this case I needn’t have worried. The party leader was excellent and obviously very experienced and both he and his staff always ensured the students were well behaved and also considered our interests to ensure a harmonious stay.”
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 ‘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.
Congratulations to the whole school community on a great performance of ‘Peter Pan’.
The 2014 Charlton Chase Elite Night Navigation event, set on the South Downs at Seaford College near Chichester on the night of 1st/2nd November, saw eleven Sackville teams competing in a field of over 100 teams, many of which were from private schools.
The incessant rain of late ensured that the ground conditions encountered by the 44 Sackville students were particularly treacherous. Underfoot, paths were cratered with puddles and awash with thick mud. The arduous nature of the event, difficult terrain, weather, (cold with rain showers) combined with tiredness caused numerous other teams to retire, but Sackville were not ones to give up!
The event was, as always, both physically and mentally demanding and the teams of 4 (aged between 15 and 21) walked for over 8 hours, ‘criss-crossing’ the Downs between checkpoints, where a variety of challenges were undertaken and points gained. No two routes were the same and teams walked at least 25km and far further if they made errors in navigation in their search for manned and un-manned check points and markers.
Pictured left to right: Headteacher Julian Grant, Nick Humphries, Thomas Marrable, Kieran Barnes, Michael Clements, George Crawley, Scott Latham, Jake Griffiths-Ellis, Rohan Pritchard