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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." 


Message from the Principal

(updated 13/11/17)









Dear Parents and Carers, 

I would like to start this bulletin by saying how pleased we are with the feedback that we received from the Local Authority when they came to review how the school is doing.  They commented on improvements in Teaching and Learning and significant improvements in behaviour in classrooms and around the college.  When we get specific written feedback from the authority we will give more details to parents.

Can I also make parents aware that Mr Findlay will be writing to you this week about students using social media.  Please take the time to read this letter and to talk to your children about using social media in an appropriate manner.

Academisation Update

I would like to update you with some positive news towards sponsorship from Gosforth Federated Academies.  The formal consultation process concludes on 15th November 2017 and we are still expecting the conversion date to be January 2018. I will be able to write to parents after the 1st December 2017 to give a definitive answer.

Y11 Mock Exams

On Monday 4th December Year 11 will be starting their mock examinations at the college.  This is a crucial time in which strong foundations can be built for future exam success in the summer.  All students are being given information from their subject teachers in preparation and there will be formal revision sessions in the run up to the exams.  A letter from Miss Smith will be sent home this  week with a timetable enclosed and more guidelines for parents.  Please look out for this.

In addition to this we have commenced our ‘red’ compulsory revision sessions, attendance at these is important and is for a short term only.  The Tuesday sessions will run until 3.10pm and are as follows:


  • Tuesday 14th November – English
  • Tuesday 21st November – Maths
  • Tuesday 28th November – Science (Triple Scientists will attend English at 3.10pm – 4.00pm) 

There are Geography sessions on a Monday after school and your child will have been informed if they are to attend.  

Non-uniform Day for Children in Need

Once again this year we will be fundraising in support of Children in Need this Friday which will be a non-uniform day. We obviously expect that lessons will continue as normal and that students should come sensibly dressed and with all their equipment, independent study etc. However, we realise that this is both an enjoyable and an effective way of raising funds for this extremely good cause.  There will be activities taking place during break and lunch time and there is even a rumour that Pudsey will be making a return visit!

Remembrance Day

Assemblies last week, were centred on the theme of Remembrance.  In last Friday’s Year 10 and Year 11 assembly we welcomed again Former Staff Sgt Andrew Wilkinson – 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, who spoke to our children about Remembrance and what it means to be a Veteran.  

Seaton Burn College Sports News


Year 9 netball has started strong with 14 girls attending the team.  We had our first match of the season against Churchill Community College, losing by 1 goal in the final minute of the game.  The girls have many more matches and we hope to finish the league with a good placing.  Matches are Thursday after school at John Spence Community High School.



Year 7/Year 8 League

Year 7/8 league begins next week and we wish them good luck, if any girls would still like to join the teams please see Miss Smith.  Matches are Monday after school at John Spence. 

Cross Country

Good luck to our Cross Country team this week - there is representation from all year groups, all Seaton Burn College students have been working hard in PE lessons, braving the cold to prepare for this event.  Well done so far!

Restart a Heart

Seaton Burn College are proud to have taken part in Restart a Heart, a national initiative by British Heart Foundation and supported by North East ambulance service.  Students from years 7 and 8 were taught CPR, and students from other year groups are also developing this life saving skill.  Well done.



Christmas Concert

I would like to invite you all to our Christmas Concert on Tuesday 19th December at 6.30pm.  We are all looking forward to showcasing the talent across the College.  Tickets will be on sale from the school reception very soon.


Warm regards,


Steve Campbell

Acting Principal




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. 



This bench made by Seaton Burn Year 9 students has now been placed in Five Mile Park, Wideopen









Politeness: let’s make it the norm and not the exception!


We all know that manners cost nothing, and even when we’re having a bad day we all feel better when faced with a simple act of courtesy such as having a door held for us, seeing someone smile at us or hearing the words “hello” or “good morning”. Sometimes these simple acts get lost within the environment of the school and it’s a shame that they can become the exception rather than the norm. We would like to enlist the help and support of our parents and guardians in encouraging all students to be polite and courteous throughout their day. This should include when they are speaking to other students as well as when they are speaking to members of staff. 

  1. The words “please” and “thank you” should be used when talking to other members of the school community.
  2. The act of holding the door open for those behind you should become second nature.
  3. Students should always knock on classroom doors before entering and it is never acceptable to disrupt lessons that have not yet finished by pushing into the door or staring through the window.
  4. Smiling should be standard practice as often as possible.
  5. Students should politely wait to speak to staff when they are engaged in other conversations and avoid interrupting. 

Politeness is an important attribute for all people to have within society because it makes other people feel good and it changes the way people perceive you. If you treat people with respect, they will return the favour. Let’s work together to make sure we equip our young people with the skills that will see them being successful in the ‘real world’. 

A number of posters to reinforce a polite mind-set will be appearing around college in the coming weeks. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Mrs Amanda Lawson

Head of English



Other news: 

Y11 English Newsletter

Y10 English Newsletter


The Chronicle has ranked Seaton Burn College in the Top Ten North East schools for A Level. Link



CHILD SAFETY ONLINE - Parents and Carers please read this guide on children using social media 

Y7 and Y8 Parent Guide is available

From September 2015, Persistent Absence rates have changed - please read this newsletter for more details


I just wanted to offer my support following your recent Ofsted Report. I know this will be a difficult time for the staff and obviously their morale will be affected. My child has had wonderful support during his time at Seaton Burn and the quality of teaching has been brilliant... The staff have motivated him and offered him support whenever he has needed it.  I am sure things will improve for you all over the coming months. Please pass on my comments to the staff. 


I was a little shocked and obviously disappointed to read the letter that arrived on Friday in regards to Seaton Burn's latest Ofsted report.  I have however, taken the time to go online and read the Ofsted report in detail and it sounds as though you have put the correct things in place to turn it around, but time is needed to see if they are effective strategies.  I shall not be attending the parents even for answers to questions as I have every faith that you will do whatever it takes to turn it back around. If you need any support from a parents point of view, let me know what I can do. The school, in my opinion, have always been amazing with my child, particularly through difficult periods of his life... 


We would like to offer you and the staff our full support for Seaton Burn College. Our three children have attended the college for a total of nineteen years. During their time at the school they very much benefited from the cultural aspects of College life as well as acheiving academic success. This, together with the caring and nurturing ethos of the school allowed our children to mature into confident and happy young adults.  We wish you and the College every success in the future.


Hello Wonderful Teachers!

We apologise for not attending the recent parents evening to discuss the Ofsted results. We were both at work and unable to make it.

However we would like to say that our son, has always been happy at school and we believe he receives excellent teaching and care. There is certainly no evidence in his performance that there has been any problems at school and for that we are very grateful.

We would like to wish all the staff in school our very best wishes and that you have our full support.