Smart Watches / iwatch
In a newsletter to parents (April 2015), the college outlined its position to parents in regards to smart watches / iWatches. At present, these watches provide potential to disrupt learning in a similar way to a smartphone, whilst also presenting integrity issues with exams. Until such time when their use can be controlled in school such devices will not be permitted. We appreciate that this decision may not be to the liking of all parents, however the decision is taken with the the best educational intentions far all students.
As always we appreciate the support of parents in this matter.
Extremism and radicalisation (January 2016)
There has been lots of comment in the press lately about requirements placed upon schools to help combat the risk of children being radicalised by extremist groups. Whilst a recent risk assessment of Sedgefield students indicated a low risk in our school, parents should nevertheless be aware that staff have undergone training to highlight how to identify concerns and address them should such concerns arise.
In order to support parents, this week the government announced a website containing lots of useful information and advice. Please click HERE if you would like to visit this website.
Parents are reminded that any concerns about a child's safety can be directed towards our designated Child Protection Officer Mr Baird or one of his deputies, our Year Managers.
Building Work (December 2015)
We are delighted to be able to inform parents that it is expected that construction work will begin on the school site at the start of January. This will be to create a high quality new building to replace the dilapidated temporary accommodation that we currently use. Parents should be reassured that considerable thought has been given to ensuring the safety of students and staff during the eight month build programme.
It should be noted that the addition of the new building does not mean that Governors intend to increase the student admission limit, rather the new building is merely intended to replace the temporary accommodation that is no longer suitable.
Advanced Thinking School accreditation (December 2015)
It is pleasing to be able to inform parents that the high standards of teaching at Sedgefield has led the college to be granted Advanced Thinking School status. Recently an assessor from the University of Exeter visited the college, and having been impressed with our standards had little hesitation in moving us into this elite category.
As most of you know the college is very well known for its approach to learning and the ‘Sedgefield Learning Box’ is something that has drawn a lot of attention from schools locally and nationally, simply because it is recognised that teaching students how to think is the key to long term successful learning.
It should be noted that only four other secondary schools across the country hold Advanced Thinking School status.
DfE 2015 Performance tables (December 2015)
Recently the DfE released their provisional school performance tables. As expected the college featured as County Durham’s highest attaining secondary school but what was also confirmed was our position in comparison with other North East schools. Although we suspected that the college would be highly placed it was pleasing to see that we were placed fifth highest performing of the 306 North East schools.
Once again congratulations to our ‘class of 2015’, staff and parents.
Students light up Dance City! (November 2015)
This week our boys only dance group took part in the ‘Dance City boys only’ platform in Newcastle. Once again they were fantastic representatives of the college both in terms of the quality of their performance and in the way they reflected the attitudes of our students. It was pleasing that they received so many highly praising comments from those present, ranging from professional dance artists to Dance City’s own talent scouts. To perform to such a high standard at a venue of the statue of Dance City in front of hundreds of people was a fantastic achievement for the boys . Everyone at the college is very proud of the boys and their achievement.
Interfaith Week (w/b 16th November)
Once again during our annual interfaith week, the college was grateful to be able to welcome representatives of many different faiths, including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and the Jewish faith. The timing of this year’s interfaith week (days after the terrorist attacked in Paris) meant that students were particularly drawn into the debates and discussions that were stimulated by our guests.
Students and staff would like to thank each visitor to our school for providing the opportunity for students to dispel some of the myths surrounding these religions and recognise the many similarities that they share.
Children in Need Charity Event (Friday 13th November)
Many thanks to students, staff and parents for supporting the recent events that took place to raise money for the Children in Need charity. A host of activities took place throughout the day aimed at ensuring students had a good time as well as raised some money for this worthy cause. Particular thanks to our students own fundraising group who organised the event.
Careers Fayre - what next! (17th November)
Following our year 11 post-16 options event earlier this term, the second of our major careers events took place recently. The event involved taking over our huge sports hall for the day, with 30 plus representatives from local employers, FE colleges and universities setting up stands aimed at helping students from year 7 to 10 build upon work that they have done in school identifying potential post 16 pathways. Once again we are convinced that the event helped students begin to focus upon opportunities that might interest them and identify what they need to do to get the career of their dreams!
Year 11 2015 GCSE Certificate Evening
This will take place on Thursday 26th November 6:30 - 8:30pm
It's Official! - County Durham's Highest Attaining Secondary School
Following the publication of 2015 GCSE results it has been confirmed that for the second consecutive year Sedgefield Community College has achieved the acolade of County Durham's highest attaining secondary school.
Governors and the Headteacher would like to congratulate the class of 2015 and college staff on their outstanding performance.
Sedgefield Community College students continue to excel
In another challenging year for all schools, the recent release of GCSE results, show standards at Sedgefield Community College have continued the trend of year on year improvement, mirroring the college’s drive to maximise the full potential of all students regardless of ability. Consistently outstanding student performance has placed Sedgefield amongst a small group of highest achieving schools in the North and this year’s GCSE results has shown that the school has no intention of allowing standards to slip.
Headteacher Dave Davies remarked upon the continued success of the college;
Once again Sedgefield Community College students have excelled and I am hugely proud of them and their teachers. I do hope that students and their parents recognise that results of the magnitude that we are seeing today are far from the norm across all schools, but are in fact exceptional to only the highest performing schools. I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of our students and the aspirational practice of their teachers has come together to deliver this outstanding outcome.
Whilst demand for places at Sedgefield already far outstrips places available, having recently achieved a number of prestigious awards, I have no doubt that these latest GCSE results will further strengthen the college’s reputation and once again attract huge demand for places this Autumn when parents begin to apply for places for the 2016 intake.
We wish our class of 2015, happiness and every success in their life after Sedgefield Community College.
Many children will be getting new electronic toys and gadgets over Christmas – and it important to help them use them safely.
The best way of protecting children is to play alongside them and help them learn safely, but setting up Parental Controls on new devices will provide additional safety. This website provides guidance on how to set this up on a wide range of devices.