Headteacher’s Welcome

Headteacher Julian Grant

 

Being Headteacher of Sackville school is a great privilege. The community is reflective and ambitious; we challenge and support each other with high expectations. All students are offered the chance to learn and grow together with the right to be listened to and express themselves. Our successful examination results over the past two years 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 a parent of a year 11 student said in the summer:

“Sackville has been a great school in so many ways for all my children. The last parents’ evening was an amazing experience. I really felt that every teacher had been so much more than ‘just a teacher’.”

Inspectors comment 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.

Our large, vibrant and high achieving Sixth Form is a wonderful asset to the school. Older students help those in the younger years to develop and progress well and our extensive extra curricular programme of clubs, trips, visits and community links give many opportunities for this work to flourish. 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 school which continually evaluates its work with a sense of confidence, openness and honesty. We value the views of all our stakeholders and, in this sense, we particularly value the work of our Parents’ Focus Group.

This website has been designed to give you an insight into the school as well as providing important information 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. This is where I frequently communicate directly with parents. Students and parents also have important access to ‘Show my Homework’ and the Moodle.

Sackville is a great place to learn and a great place to work. If you are starting to consider our school for your child, you are very welcome to arrange a visit at any time. We look forward to showing you around.

Julian Grant

Headteacher

 

Sackville News


Latest update on examination results 2014!

Parents may well be aware that national figures for 2014 examination results have just been released and reveal a drop in the percentage of students achieving 5 strong GCSE passes (at grade C & above) including English and maths from 60% in 2013 to 52% this year. The use of first examination entries only and a variety of other limitations have contributed to this, but we are delighted at Sackville to have substantially exceeded national figures at both ‘first’ and ‘best’ entry. Students and staff met the extraordinary challenges of last year with determination and confidence and we now know the real extent of their achievement. This, together with our tremendous A level results, moves us forward well and our predictions for summer 2015 are looking good!

Sixth Form Open Evening

Sackville tops local results table for many A level subjects

The latest government data for A level results show how much progress our students make in our sixth form. Our students’ progress is

  • in the top 25 schools in the country for further maths
  • best in West Sussex for maths, further maths, art, business, law, PE and travel
  • second in West Sussex for textiles
  • best in the ‘local area’ (East Grinstead, Crawley, Oxted and Uckfield) for maths, further maths, business, law, textiles and travel
  • second in local area for art, product design and PE

A Level Results Summer 2014

  • 25% of all results were A* and A
  • 50% were A*, A or B (45% in 2013)
  • 100% pass rate
  • In maths, two-thirds of the large cohort achieved an A* or A

GCSE Results Summer 2014

  • 27 students gained 8 or more A/A* grades
  • 62% 5 A*-C including English and maths. Our improvement in 2013 has been consolidated, against a national backdrop of volatility. A great achievement.
  • English A*-C 74% (up 6% on 2013) with 80% (up 10% on 2013) of students making at least expected progress. This is especially pleasing when the national trend was in the opposite direction.
  • Maths A*-C 72%, with 70% making at least expected progress. This also sits well against national averages.


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