Sedgefield Community College students celebrate ‘fantastic’ GCSE results
The recent release of 2016 GCSE results has once again confirmed Sedgefield Community College’s place amongst an elite group of the North of England’s highest performing schools. This latest set of results has provided parents with the assurance that students of all abilities continue to achieve exceptional outcomes that far exceed that of students elsewhere. The college has consistently held the accolade of being County Durham’s highest attaining secondary school and one of the top five of the 306 North East schools and there are no signs of standards slipping.
Headteacher Dave Davies remarked upon the continued success of the college;
"Once again the success of our students has left me with an overwhelming feeling of pride. I am hugely proud, both of the students themselves and all of the college staff that have helped them achieve another fantastic set of results."
"I am delighted that by achieving these results our students are now provided with opportunities that may not have existed otherwise. Whilst this of course gives me great satisfaction, it is equally as pleasing to see this group of young people develop in the way that they have over their five years with us, and now move onto the next stage of their lives as happy, confident and of course now successful young adults."
"As Headteacher I can assure parents of current Sedgefield students that our ingrained expectation of high standards will not falter, nor will we become complacent. Rather we will continue to look for ways to improve yet further for the benefit of our students and the community."
"On behalf of the Governors and staff of Sedgefield Community College I wish our class of 2016 success and happiness for the future."
Head Boy / Head Girl
Six students were recently nominated for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl at Sedgefield Community College. Following a formal interview, which mimicked the intensity of a professional job interview, the selection panel which was made up of; Headteacher- Mr Davies, Deputy Headteacher - Mr Foster and Mr Robinson - Chair of Governors, chose Robbie Till as Head Boy and Eleanor James as Head Girl. Both students demonstrated that they have the qualities that are required to represent the values and ethos of the college.
GCSE Exam Results Day Thursday 25th August 2016
Students who have taken GCSE exams can collect their results as follows:
Year 11 8.30am – 12.00 noon
Year 10 10.30am – 12.00 noon
Please enter the school via the community entrance and follow the signs for the Sports Hall where results can be collected.
If someone is collecting your exam results on your behalf, a letter confirming this request must be accompanied with proof of identity.
New School day from September 2016 (June 2016)
Parents should note that as of the start of the new academic year in September there will be a slight change in the timings of the school day. Students will be expected to be in the building by 8.50 with registration beginning at later time of 9.05. Whilst the school day will end slightly later at 3.15. In addition, the lunch break will be shortened by 10 minutes.
As parents would expect, the college will ensure that bus pick up/drop off times will be adjusted to suit.
The new school day (from September 2016) will be as follows:
9.05 – 9.20 (Registration)
9.20 – 10.20 (Period 1)
10.20 – 11.20 (Period 2)
11.20- 11.35 (Break)
11.35 – 12.35 (Period 3)
12.35 – 1.15 (Lunch)
1.15 – 2.15 (Period 4)
2.15 – 3.15 (Period 5)
Young Carers Charter accreditation (June 2016)
As a school, we’re delighted to be able to announce that SCC has now been accredited with the 'County Durham Young Carers Charter'. This award demonstrates our commitment to young carers and their families.
On average, young carers will miss half a day of school each fortnight as a result of their caring role. With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on the opportunities that other children have to learn and enjoy their leisure time. They can be afraid to ask for help as they fear letting their family down or even being taken into care.
SCC prides itself on providing an environment where our young carers and their families feel safe, accepted and understood. Our students are made aware of the role of young carers and the impact it can have through their SMSC lessons in school and through the Student Learning Platform.
Parents also have access to the latest support available in school and through universal services and Family Action- Bridge Project. For more details about what this support is and how to access it, please head to the Parent Dashboard of our Learning Platform.
For further information on how we can support you and your family you can also speak with one of our Young Carers Champions who are your child’s Year Manager or Jan Spencer, Student Well-being Co-coordinator.
Email: Jan Spencer
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.
Sedgefield Community College has a culture, ethos and environment which create a positive influence on the health and well-being of its students and their readiness to learn.
The student Well-being learning platform provides students with a wealth of reliable information, advice and guidance on all health and well-being issues from puberty to young adulthood. We know this is a time when they can experience periods of upheaval, change and growth. How they meet the challenges of these years to some extent determines their learning and future life choices.
If you or someone you are concerned about needs help or advice about anything that is worrying you, no matter how big or small, we want to help you. You should always try and speak to a teacher first, but if you are finding it hard to go and talk to someone directly, you can fill in this form and send it to us as a first step.
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.