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NUT Strike Action Tuesday 5th July - See the message from the Principal below


Ofsted Monitoring Inspection

Seaton Burn is pleased to announce a really positive HMI inspection that has vindicated all of the hard work that we have put in this year to make serious improvements. Please take the time to read the Inspection Letter by clicking here


Message from the Principal

(updated 28/6/16)









Dear Parents and Carers,

As you may be aware, the National Union of Teachers is planning industrial action on Tuesday 5th July.  This action is not against the school itself but part of a national campaign about working conditions. Half of our teachers belong to the NUT so the action will have a significant impact.

It is always my intention to keep the school open whenever possible but we are required to do a risk assessment to ensure it is safe to do so.  In previous strikes we have had to close the school to certain year groups to ensure the safety of the students in terms of supervision.

The leadership team and the governors will make a decision shortly and it is my intention to let you know by the end of Thursday.  A letter will be sent home and placed on the website.

Warm regards,


Steve Campbell                   

Acting Principal        


Killingworth WW1 Commemoration Project.

An event to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, on Friday 1st July 2016.


290 men associated with the villages in the 1914 Parish of Killingworth are known to have died as a result of the Great War. The largest number lost in a single battle, were the c.70 who fell in the Battle of the Somme, between July and November 1916. Some 20 fell on the first day of the Battle, July 1st, as the Tyneside Scottish and Irish Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers were decimated in their allotted task, the capture the village of La Boisselle.

The Battle is seen nationally as the greatest example of sacrifice in war. Images of the Battle are those most often used to reflect our national memory of the horrors of warfare.

It will be 100 years since the Battle this year but it is still prominent in our consciousness. Indeed, for those families who lost grandfathers and great uncles, these losses, and the injuries to many more, had a heavy influence on their lives thereafter.

Join the Somme Centenary Walk and Services on July 1st.

Seaton Burn College will join pupils from 9 schools in an 8 mile relay around nine WW1 Memorials linked to the 1914 Parish of Killingworth. Everyone is being invited to join the walk or come to one of the acts of remembrance at;

      Seaton Burn War Memorial 8.50am

      Dudley memorial at the Health Centre 9.30am

      Burradon Church at 10.20am

      Burradon Nurses Cottage 10.55am

      Westmoor School at 11.35am

      Featham Court Sheltered Housing 12.30pm

      West Allotment Memorial at 2pm

      Holystone School at 2.35pm

      Killingworth Church at 3.40pm

The walk will be the local way of marking the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. It was a day on which 22 local men are known to have died. Before the Battle ended a further 48 local men were to fall.

The relay of pupils will carry a miner’s lamp as a Light of Remembrance for all the WW1 Fallen, almost 9 out of 10 of whom were linked to mining. It will start in the morning from Dudley and finish in the afternoon at Killingworth, St.John’s.

Walkers will be greeted by Bishop Frank White and will present the Lamp to Ray Hutchinson, the granddaughter of James Hindmarsh, one of the men who fell on the 1st July.

The walk is being organised by the Killingworth WW1 Commemoration Partnership of Local Schools, the Local History Society and St John’s Parish Church.

Seaton Burn college students will begin their walk for Seaton Burn War memorial at 8:50.

The Partnership has researched the social and military history of 293 men with local links who died in the Great War. It is inviting anyone with links to men who fell in the War to get in touch and to take part in the event at a memorial or on the walk.

Information on the Fallen and the plans for the commemoration are available on the Partnerships’ newly launched website at ‘’.

The Partnership has received Heritage Lottery Funds for storytelling sessions for some Year 6 and Year 9 pupils local schools as well as visits to WW1 exhibitions and a lecture programme hosted by George Stephenson High School.

If you have family links with those who died, contact Partnership Coordinator John Hamilton on 0191 2682295.






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


HALF-TERM BULLETIN: Our new bulletin is now available to read here.


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.