I am privileged and very proud to be the Headteacher of Sackville School.
Sackville is rightly known as a school where all our young people, irrespective of background and ability, feel completely safe, secure and valued. 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 excellent examination results in summer 2013 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 and friendliness. 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.” 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 each and every one of 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. It will 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.
Patrick Moore Award
On Wednesday 20th November at Sackville the first presentation of the Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Award was presented to Cameron Gray, at an award winners night held at the School. Following the awards ceremony a bench was unveiled to be situated in front of the School’s observatory dedicating the building “to the inspiration of Sir Patrick Moore, East Grinstead Stargazer”.
The Observatory was completed in 2012, shortly before the death of Sir Patrick. The Town Council approached the school to ask if they might like to dedicate it to the former residents memory. The school had the idea for an annual award to recognise a student who makes the biggest contribution to astronomy, not just the top grade. The Town Council readily offered to pay for the award and to make an annual prize of a voucher to the Telescope Shop in Lingfield.
The award is a piece of meteorite mounted on a wooden plinth with a reflective base. Julie Holden Town Clerk said “I hope that this would be thought of as fitting by Sir Patrick, an encouragement for the next generation to create a passion for studying the stars”
The picture shows Cameron Gray receiving the inaugural Patrick Moore award from the Town Mayor, Cllr Margaret Belsey.