Magazine Edition 1
G&G (Gold & Green) Magazine is a student magazine that
is published three times a year. The publication is
available for electronic viewing and downloading by
students, parents and educational partners of Sedgefield
Having completed our analysis of the performance of our class of 2013 in their final examinations in the summer, we are pleased once again to report an excellent set of results.
This year has been a particularly challenging one for all schools given the changes to the structure of many examination courses that have been introduced at extremely short notice. However, I am pleased that students and staff have managed the changes well, and we did not experience the sharp decline in standards at Sedgefield Community College that have been witnessed at some schools.
Since 2009, year 11 students have each year broken all previous college records for achievement, with 81% achieving five or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths) last year. In spite of not quite achieving the accolade of Sedgefield’s highest ever achieving year group, the class of 2013 have nevertheless, still produced results which are amongst the very best in the entire North East region with 78% gaining five or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths).
On behalf of the staff, governors and myself, I would again like to congratulate our class of 2013, and wish them happiness and every success in their life after Sedgefield Community College.
Sedgefield Community College - one of the 56 top
performing secondary schools in England
As the college once again celebrated outstanding student performance, this time in the 2013 GCSE examinations, we were pleased to receive a recent letter (see below) from the Department for Education recognising the performance of the college.
We hope that this recognition provides parents with further confidence that their children are attending one of the country’s highest performing schools.
Dear Mr Davies
It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your excellent performance in the new similar schools measure in the 2012 School Performance Tables. You are one of the 56 top performing secondary schools in England on this measure.
These tables compare schools with those with near identical intakes, as judged by their key stage 2 results. Your school stood out in two ways. First, you were ranked number one in your table. Second, over 10 per cent more of your pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and Maths than is typical of a school with your intake. This is a fantastic achievement that you should be very proud of.
I congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and thank you for your leadership…
David Laws MP
On the 27th and 28th of February the
college had its first Ofsted inspection since December 2009. As those associated
with the college will know, the college has enjoyed a period of rapid
improvement since, with Sedgefield now firmly established as one of the North
East’s highest achieving schools. It was pleasing therefore to see the
college’s transformation being recognised through a highly positive inspection
report, which highlights the many truly outstanding facets of the college. It is
hoped that everyone involved takes great satisfaction in the part they have
played in creating a school that the community can be proud of.
here to go to the OFSTED inspection report.
England’s most improved schools
Some parents may have
noted an item that was recently widely reported in the national and local media
regarding the country’s 200 most improved secondary schools. It was pleasing to
see that following four consecutive years of significant improvements in
examination results, Sedgefield Community College was placed 35th in this list.
A notable achievement given that there are almost 4000 secondary schools in the
country. Well deserved recognition for the hard work and commitment shown by
students and staff alike.
Sedgefield top the education league table
Sedgefield awarded 'Thinking School status' for
high quality teaching
Following on from our post
about high expectations, we have now added a ruler to the minimum equipment
expectations we have of our students. Equipment students need to bring to
school are a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. This basic set of equipment is
checked every morning during tutor time and any student who does not have a pen,
pencil and/or ruler will be provided one by their tutor so they are always
equipped throughout the day. If the tutor has to provide a student with any of
the minimum equipment requirements a minimal charge will be made to the students
bio-metrics account at the following rates;
Pencil – 5p
Ruler – 15p
Although a pen, pencil and
ruler are the minimum items of equipment we expect our students to bring, we
hope you will see the benefit of equipping your child with both a spare pen and
pencil, as well as a wider variety of equipment such as rubbers, coloured
pencils, calculators, and protractors etc. Bringing a full range of equipment is
perhaps even more important for KS4 students, as they will be able to trust the
equipment they use regularly and know exactly how to use it during exams.
A copy of a letter sent to parents regarding equipment can be
found in the parents section of the website under the tab Uniform & Equipment.
The reason we place so much
emphasis on students being equipped for their learning is so we can also
encourage the highest standards of presentation in their work. Students are
constantly encouraged to pride in their work by striving for accuracy in what
they do and to take their time.
week beginning 19th March students were reminded of the need to
come to school suitably equipped with a pen, pencil and rubber. I am sure that
with the support of parents, those that currently fail to do so will quickly
change their ways. However, any student that fails to have equipment available
at the start of morning lessons will be provided with the missing items at the
cost of 10p per pen and 5p per pencil with this cost deducted from the child’s
account in school.
know that all students have the correct equipment we will then begin to be much
more insistent upon high standards of presentation in books.
Year 7 Homework Projects
Year 7 pupils, pictured here in Mr Kidd's lesson, had a fantastic time with their recent Homework Project on Castles, for Humanities. The work produced was of an excellent standard and students clearly enjoyed this project. Well done to all of the pupils pictured here!
All key stage 3 pupils can now access their current homework tasks from each Faculty Cloud by clicking 'students' at the top of this page.