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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 25/08/16)









Dear Parents and Carers, 

GCSE Results  

We are delighted to be celebrating our best GCSE results for four years, with some headline figures being the best the College has ever had.  

Our progress in English and Maths has significantly improved and is considerably closer to the national average.  Our attainment in English and Maths is the best we have ever had and is in line with the national average. 

Following our Ofsted inspection last year, these are a promising set of results for the College and we congratulate our students for their success.  

  • 5+ A*-C including English and Maths = 50%       Last year = 46%
  • English and Maths Threshold (A*-C) = 59%        Last year = 47%
  • English Expected progress (3 levels) = 66%       Last year = 54%
  • Maths Expected progress (3 levels) = 61%         Last year = 53% 

Special congratulations go to Dillon Robson who obtained four A*s and five As.  And also, to Lauren Young who obtained five As and four Bs. 

A-Level Results

A-Levels and equivalent subjects have recently went through a fundamental change in the way they are measured and this is the first year using the new performance indicators.  This means it is difficult to compare against previous years.

We are pleased to say we have had some strong performance in certain areas.  The average grade for Academic results was C-, whereas our average grade for Applied General results was Distinction and for Tech Level results it was Merit+.

Special congratulations for A- Level performance go to Ellie Williams who achieved four A grades and to Jessica Lowes who achieved an A*, A and a B.

Special congratulation for Vocational performance go to Daniel Rutherford and Nathan Norton who both obtained three Distinction*s.

91% of our students who applied to University obtained their first choice place which is a fantastic achievement.

A Level 2016 (10 images)

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GCSE 2016 (4 images)

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Both our GCSE and A-Level performance is evidence of our rapid improvement and we look forward to continued success this academic year.

Warm Regards,


Steve Campbell                   

Acting Principal        







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.