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Message from the Principal

(updated 22/12/17)









Dear Parents and Carers,  

Before I move onto college news I would like to wish everyone associated with the college, particularly our students, a safe, relaxing and very happy break for Christmas and New Year.  We have had a really good term with students working extremely hard and making some excellent progress. Can I further remind parents that Monday 8th January is a Training Day so the school terms starts on TUESDAY 9th JANUARY at 8.40am.

We look forward with excitement to the new year with the confirmation that we will become part of Gosforth Federated Academies on the 1st January 2018. The DfE funding agreement came through this week meaning that the process will be complete at the end of 2017. There will be several changes that will take place over the next term but we will always keep parents informed in advance. Please let me reassure you that we will be making no changes to the uniform this year so there will be no added expenditure for parents.


As you are aware HMI conducted a monitoring visit on the 28th November. We were very pleased with the outcome as the HMI lead stated that the school was “taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.” 

Other positive comments from their report included:

“Considerable training of staff and more robust arrangements to manage the performance of staff, alongside the successful recruitment of specialist teachers is improving the quality of teaching effectively.”

“More pupils are making good progress in their learning across the curriculum.”

“Improvements to the key stage 3 curriculum have ensured that it is broadly based and is developing pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding effectively.”

“Systems to assess pupils’ learning and progress have been refined further since the last monitoring inspection and are now in place across all subjects.”

“Pupils report that teaching has improved and they are able to understand more clearly what they need to learn because of the regular feedback they receive from teachers. Pupils also report that they are learning more in lessons because of improvements made to the behaviour policy.”

“Pupils all report on the more positive atmosphere in school and this is encouraging them to attend more regularly and take a more active part in their learning. Pupils and staff all report that there has been a step-change in the culture and expectations within the school and it is far better than a year ago.”

“Staff report that there is now clarity on what is expected of them. Training, coaching and regular monitoring of their work by senior and middle leaders is helping to improve their practice. It is holding them to account more rigorously for the impact of their work on pupils’ learning in class.”

There are still many areas to continue to work upon and HMI are asking us to continue to improve our attendance rates and to increase our focus on our Pupil Premium strategy.  However, they stated that this was a different school to the one they came to two years ago.

A full copy of the report can be found here

Year 8 career event in associate with NTLT

On Thursday 7th December Year 8 students enjoyed a careers event which was held in the school theatre. The WOW project aims to enhance careers guidance and inspiration. The project’s vision is for all students to be inspired, motivated and equipped to reach their full potential. Examples of careers and professions that attended include:




Northumbria University


NTC leisure

Alina Trewhitt

University of Sunderland


Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter


Northumbria University

Balfour Beatty

CF Software Ltd t/a Pebble

Department of Work and Pensions


Job Centre Plus/ Nat Careers Service

1st Class Supply

Alstom Power Thermal Services



Student comments on the event –

‘more choices to help me choose a potential career’

‘I found out about career opportunities I didn’t know existed and the things I need to do for them’

‘it has shown me the different ways different jobs can help people’

‘I learnt skills you need to have, to work for EE you need to be good at communication’

‘it has taught me about jobs and choosing careers and how important it is … the career you choose can affect your life and life style’

Mr Ayres commented

“This was our second careers event for the younger years. The overall feeling from students, staff and employers was that it was a great success and something we will repeat. If this event helps students plan for their future and gives them an idea of potential careers and what subjects will aid their development then it can only be a positive experience for all”

Year 11 GCSE PE Skiing assessment

Year 11 students Olivia Williams, Demi Bertram, Kieran McKadam and Cameron Gray completed their GCSE PE Skiing assessment on Monday 18th December. Our four pupils travelled to Snowzone in Castleford for a refresher session followed by a formal assessment. Mr Jones said that the students performed beyond expectation and were a credit to the college.

Sparkle’s Christmas Fayre

On the 14th December Sixth form members of the Beauty department organised a Christmas Fayre for staff, students and members of the public.

With a small budget, the students managed to gather refreshments, nibbles and create numerous unique and affordable  gift ideas. They also set up a raffle, tombola and many other stalls with amazing prizes to win!!

With help from Year 10 students, they were also able to offer mini treatments such as, hand and arm massages, nail painting, makeovers and hairstyling. Year 11 students also took part helping with refreshments for our visitors.

In total, an outstanding profit of £924.00 was raised!!

Thank you to all who contributed and came along to support the Beauty department.

Christmas Concert

I would like to thank Mr Wilson and all of the students that took part in this year’s Christmas Concert on Tuesday evening. As always it was a wonderful event that was enjoyed by all. We had an excellent turnout and a lot of students who were performing for the first time – you all performed brilliantly, well done!


Important January dates

We look forward to the New Year and to seeing our students back at school on the first day of term which is TUESDAY 9 JANUARY as the school is closed for a training day on Monday 8th.   

There are a number of important events to bring to your attention. 

I ask Year 11 parents to note the Raising Achievement Day on Monday 22 January.  The day will run from 8.30am-4pm. Students will take part in 15 minute interviews with their tutor and parent(s). The interview is an opportunity to review mock exam results and revision plans and discuss any future support for exam preparation, the exam period and post-16.

The day will also be attended by Connexions and Matt Stephenson, the progression manager at Gosforth Academy. We pride ourselves on always helping students to choose the right pathway and this is an excellent opportunity for them to get advice and support.

During the first week back after Christmas students need to arrange their appointment times for the 22nd and on the day they will each receive a pack containing information they will need.

Year 10 Parents Evening

There will be a Year 10 Parents evening on Thursday 25 January, letters have been sent out this week. As always we stress the importance of attending parents evening, especially with Year 10 in the process of completing their GCSE qualifications. This will be an excellent opportunity to bring up any concerns and discuss the progress of your child.

Year 13 Mock Exams

Just a reminder that Year 13 students will be sitting their mock exams in the week beginning 15th January. Please encourage your child to complete revision over the festive break especially in their free week after New Year’s Eve!

Barcelona Trip

We are very excited to be running a trip to Barcelona in the last week of summer term 2018 for Year 8 and 9 Spanish students. Students studying Spanish have already received letters about this fantastic opportunity. Deposits need to be in to Miss Marchiolo by Friday 12th January to guarantee a place.

School Shoes

In the recent OFSTED monitoring inspection the inspectors commented on how the school uniform was smart and that students wore it with pride. We are keen to keep this high expectation of student dress and would like to remind parents that school shoes must be worn in school. When the weather is bad students can of course wear different shoes to school but should change into their school shoes once they are through the college gates. If there are issues with footwear then please contact the relevant Key Stage Pastoral Manager. 

On behalf of all staff at Seaton Burn I’d like to thank parents as ever for their support of the college. I wish everyone warmest season’s greetings and hope that 2018 is a year full of success for our students.


Warm regards,


Steve Campbell

Acting Principal


Further Information



Congratulations to our Year 11 students for their results they have achieved this summer.

59% of students achieved a 4 or above in English and 56% achieved a 4 or above in Maths.  The percentage of students with 5 Cs or above (including Maths and English as a 4) is 46%.

As you may be aware, results this year are a combination of the old grades and new numerical grades.  Particular congratulations go to:

* Thomas Boughen who, obtained a Grade 9 in Maths (exceptional performance),  Grades 6 and 7 for English Language and Literature, 3 A*s, 2 As and 3 Bs.   

 * Charlie Moses, who obtained a Grade 8 in Maths, Grade 8s in English Language and Literature, 3 A*s and 4 As

 * Shaun Carter, who obtained a Grade 8 in Maths, Grade 7s in English Language and Literature, 5 A*s, 2As and a B.

 * Erin Clift who obtained a Grade 6 in Maths, a Grade 9 in English Literature (exceptional performance), a Grade 7 in English Language, 1 A*, 2 As and 4 Bs.

 We wish all of Year 11 the best in the future! 



 Congratulations Year 13 Class of 2017 - Best results in the last 5 years!

100% Pass Rate in all qualifications

70% of all grades A*-C

This year, Seaton Burn College students achieved their best ever A Level results for 5 years with all students achieving 100% pass rate in their A Level exams for the first time in the college's history.  The number of top grades has increased by 10% and the college is overjoyed with the efforts and achievements of the students.  70% all grades were A*-C and 38% were A*-B.

The students who excelled include Lucy McAdam who achieved A* grades in both Geography and Sociology and has been accepted into Newcastle University.  Niamh Mallen was rewarded for her efforts at Seaton Burn with A grades in Mathematics, PE and Chemistry and will now move to Loughborough to begin her degree in Sport.  Ellie Bulloch who has accepted a place at Nottingham University to study French with History achieved A grades in both these challenging subjects.  Zoe Ritson will continue to Leeds University, to study Geography, having achieved 2 A grades and a B grade in her subjects.

A number of other students achieved A grades in Mathematics and Biology, including Joe Wilson and Thomas Barton.  Seaton Burn College Head of 6th Form - Chris Ayres stated "We are pleased to see that the dedication and hard work of both students and teachers have provided us with an excellent set of results this year.  The college has improved in all areas of our post-16 results and we have some outstanding subject results and individual achievements.  I would like to wish all the students the best of luck in their future studies."  



Attendance is one of our key college priorities as for the past 2 years we have been below the national average.  Our attendance currently sits at 93% and we need to ensure that we can get this to over 95%.

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that a holiday will be educational, but your child will still miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive.

Children returning for a term time holiday are also unprepared for the lessons that build on the teaching they have missed. When teachers have to give more time to help individual children catch up on missed work, other students in the class may miss out on help, and under-achieve as a result. This is a situation that we all have a responsibility to avoid.

In the past we have indicated that if holidays are taken during term time that they will not be authorised. However, we have never, before, prosecuted for term time holidays. Please note that as from January 2018 we will consider prosecution should students be taken out of school during term time if the holiday leads to a student falling below the 90% threshold set by the Government for Persistent Absence. 

As a school, we are working hard to raise standards and attendance is an integral part of that. I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment.


Mrs Cassidy

Lead for Attendance and Child Protection


Year 7

Monkseaton Middle 2 - Seaton Burn College 6

Norham 0 vs Seaton Burn College 5

Berwick 0 vs Seaton Burn College 7

Seaton Burn 5 vs Newcastle School for Boys 2

Year 8 

Seaton Burn College 4 - Marden High 5

Ovingham 5 - Seaton Burn College 1

Year 9 
St Thomas More 4 -Seaton Burn 3

Seaton Burn College 9 - Marden High 1

Seaton Burn College 2 - St Aidan's (Sunderland) 5

Seaton Burn College 5 vs George Stephenson High School 3

Year 10 

Seaton Burn College 1 vs Newcastle School for Boys 2

Seaton Burn College 1 vs Bede Academy 1

Upcoming Fixtures

 Wednesday 15th November - 4.00pm ko 

Year 9 - Whitley Bay vs Seaton Burn College 

Thursday 16th November - 4.00pm ko 
Year 7 - NCEA vs Seaton Burn College (County Cup) 
Monday 20th November - 2.00pm ko
Year 7 - Gosforth Central Middle vs Seaton Burn College (ESFA national cup) 
Tuesday 5th December
Year 9 - John Spence vs Seaton Burn College






Week beginning


Key Dates

Exam Intervention






New Tutor groups


Review year 10 / Data






Careers and IAG









Data 1


AM Launch










Parents Evening


AM Meet parents

















Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes


Revision and Learning



Data 2

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM meet





Mock Exam Preparation week






Year 11 Mock (full)







AM check in





















Data 3 and full report



Making Choices and Job prep









22/01/18 Raising Achievement Day

 (with AM input)








IAG programme




Year 11 revision evening (07/02/18)


IAG programme





Coursework focus - subjects






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

IAG programme

Revision and learning



Data 4

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

Food Tech Practical Exams

IAG programme





Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM meet / Positive week





Positive exam week






Year 11 Mock Exam (short)






Review of mocks







Subject revision sessions





Subject revision sessions






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM check in




Year 11 Final Est Grade 5

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes





Exams begin

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes






Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes



































Seaton Burn College is an Operation Encompass school - a project aimed at supporting children affected by domestic violence. Please keep an eye out for a letter containing more details of how the project works. 





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