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2016 Results Article 


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 28/11/16)









Dear Parents and Carers, 

Instead of the usual newsletter this week please see below a letter from Robert Symonds, Chair of the IEB.

Warm regards,


Steve Campbell                   

Acting Principal  


25 November 2016 

Dear Parent/Guardian


You may be aware from other communications from the college that an Interim Executive Board (IEB) has been put in place at Seaton Burn College.

My name is Robert Symonds and I have been appointed as Chair of the IEB. I have over thirty years’ experience of school governorship in the maintained and academies sectors. I am also proud to have been appointed as a National Leader of Governance. I have a passion for securing the best quality education for communities in the north-east of England and was therefore delighted to have been approached to lead the IEB.

I therefore felt that it might be helpful to write to you in order to provide some clarification of the role of the IEB and how it will help Seaton Burn College to develop.  I hope that you find the following information helpful.

What is an IEB?

An IEB is a specially constituted governing body appointed for a temporary period in schools in particular circumstances and has the specific task of ensuring school improvement.  An IEB takes over all responsibilities and duties from the previous school governing body. Its main role is to secure a sound basis for future improvement and promote high standards. The expectation is that this is done quickly because the pace of change is crucial to the success of Seaton Burn College.

The IEB is a small, focused group whose members are chosen on the basis of skills and experience that is needed to ensure school improvement according to the needs of the school in question.

Who else will serve as Members of the IEB?

Alongside me, there are also four other IEB members who I would like to introduce to you: - Louise Levy will serve as Vice-chair of the IEB. In addition to school governance experience, Louise brings especially strong expertise in relation to financial management and school business support.

Ian Wilkinson brings considerable strength in terms of school leadership and already has a deep understanding of Seaton Burn College and has been actively supporting the senior leadership team for some time.

George Snaith is another IEB member who has long experience of governorship across a range of schools and academies. George is also a Trustee of Gosforth Federated Academies which will play an important part in the future direction of Seaton Burn College.

Dr Janice Gorlach brings a wealth of experience to the IEB as an experienced National Leader of  Education, a serving Executive Headteacher of a primary and a secondary school and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of a Multi-Academy Trust. She has a great deal of experience of governance. Janice has extensive knowledge of working with schools in similar circumstances to Seaton Burn College.

I hope that the information given above will reassure parents that we have the right team of people to govern the school and help it to take its next steps into a bright future. Members of the IEB have already met with the staff of Seaton Burn College.

What will be the main priorities for the IEB?

The IEB will provide strategic leadership of the College and duties will include: -

  • The setting of appropriate targets for school improvement;
  • Holding leaders to account for the performance of the College;
  • Approving and overseeing the management of the school’s delegated budget;
  • Determining staffing structures;
  • Agreeing policies;
  • Setting the curriculum;
  • Appointing senior managers and other key staff;
  • Ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities;
  • To secure governance of the school, developing a sound basis for improved outcomes and pupil progress

There will be a clear focus on ensuring school improvement at all levels. We will be closely monitoring the quality of provision and standards of achievement within the school and, working alongside the leadership team, will be identifying development priorities for the College.

The IEB will be represented at meetings with the Department for Education and the Local Authority in relation to the improvement of the College.

How long will the IEB exist?

The IEB is not intended as a permanent measure. The IEB is one of the steps taken to ensure that the College has the commitment and capacity to ensure that school improvement takes place. It is therefore expected that the IEB will be in place until some time during 2017, after which there will be a transition to a more conventional governance structure. You will receive further information about the governance structure that will replace the IEB in due course when the future direction of Seaton Burn College will become clear. The IEB will be instrumental in considering options for the future strategy of the College.

In conclusion I am delighted to be working with Seaton Burn College and, together with other members of the IEB, we very much look forward to supporting the College as it moves forward into a bright future.

Yours faithfully


Robert Symonds

Chair of Seaton Burn College IEB



Important Dates Year 11

Y11 Revision Timetable 


Attendance is currently at 95%, which is good but we want it to be better! Evidence suggests that good attendance can make the difference of at least one grade at GCSE.


Thank you for appreciating that good attendance is vital to the wellbeing of your child.  Children with a good attendance are more socially confident, develop stronger and lasting friendships, and have better life chances.

Thank you for helping your child understand how important learning is by ensuring good attendance and helping them develop a good attitude to school and their learning.  This helps your child become a confident learner who is flexible and able to adapt to the demands of a modern world.

Please do not allow your child to stay off school unless they are very poorly, make medical appointments after school where possible and let’s work together to get attendance up!          Mrs Cassidy



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


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.