Tom Dawes and Luke Power

The school community offers its sincere condolences to the families of former students Luke Power and Tom Dawes who tragically died in a road accident on Sunday 14 September.


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Headteacher’s Welcome

Headteacher Julian Grant

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:

“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.

Julian Grant


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.

Students celebrate outstanding A level results

Happy students on results day

Sackville students are busy celebrating an outstanding set of A level results this week. Half of all entries achieved the high grade of B or better, whilst in maths two thirds of students achieved either an A* or A grade, a fantastic achievement. 

Izzy Turnbull, Jack Berry, Harry Game and Sarah Redford achieved three straight A*s, and Georgia Dollemore was successful in securing a place at the prestigious Surrey University Veterinary School.

The results are once again testament to the hard work of students and staff at the school. Headteacher Julian Grant commented: “I am really delighted for the students having their hard work so richly rewarded and for the school community in achieving such excellent results. Well done to all!”

GCSE Exam Success for Sackville

Happy students on results day

Students at Sackville school are busy celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results this summer. Once again the school’s 5 A*-C figure including English and maths was above the national average, with more than 20% of entries rewarded with the top grades of A* and A. 99.6% of students achieved 5 or more GCSE passes at A*-G.

With the national volatility in results and the substantial changes in examination formats this year, achieving another set of impressive results is particularly pleasing.  Against the national trend, our English results improved.

Headteacher Julian Grant said “These results reflect the hard work our students and staff have put in this year. I am very pleased that our significant improvements have been consolidated. I am really looking forward to seeing the success these students will achieve in our sixth form.” 

Two students, Georgina Booth and Michael Turnbull, achieved A*s in every exam. Overall, 17 students averaged an A grade or above.




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