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Technology Department welcomes Lansdowne Primary School


The technology department (Mrs Arculus-Pennells, Mr Webb, Mr Judd & Miss Willis) were joined by 13 students from Lansdowne Primary School on Thursday 15 March.  The students ranged from Year 3 to Year 6.  The visit was based around their healthy eating week at the school.  The students independently made a healthy granola bar from scratch to enjoy, including using various seeds and fruits.  They did a great job at following a recipe, using the hob and oven, creating a product and successfully cleaning up (better than some of our Year 11 students).  They could identify hazards and risks in a kitchen and showed how mature they were when cooking.  Overall we all had a very enjoyable morning.


Apprenticeship Information Evening: Thursday 22 March from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at Westlands School, Sittingbourne.


Come along and speak to a wide range of providers to find out more information about opportunities to earn as you learn.  The Swale wide event will be hosted by Mr R Williamson from KCC Apprenticeships Organisation and will take place at Westlands School on Thursday 22 March from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.  If you are in Year 11, Year 13 or Level 2 Year 12, come along and find out more.


Please click here for more information. 


**RESCHEDULED** Year 9 Parents' Evening


Following the cancellation of the Year 9 Parents' Evening last week, we are pleased to advise that it has been rearranged for next Thursday 15 March 2018 between 3.45pm-6.45pm. A letter, along with a new appointment sheet is being posted home to enable your child to make revised appointments with their teachers for the new date. We hope to see as many of parents/carers there as possible.


Information for Parents of Year 11 and Year 13 Students


Dear Parent/Carer


As you are aware, the recent bad weather has played havoc with students’ education. We are particularly concerned to make sure that both Year 11 and Year 13 are given as much support as possible to make up for lost time between now and the public examinations. Over the coming days I will write to you again setting out how we as a school will provide additional teaching for students in these year groups to help secure the best possible outcomes for this summer.


Yours faithfully

Mr S. Murphy

Executive Headteacher


Year 6 Parental Tours


The Sittingbourne Community College will be running tours for parents of current Year 6 pupils.  The tours will take place from Monday 12 March to Friday 16 March.  The tours will start promptly at 9.00am and will end at 10.00am.  If you would like to book onto one of our tours, please contact the school reception.  Booking is essential.


These tours are primarily aimed towards parents of pupils who have been offered a place with us from Autumn 2018 who either didn’t put us down as their first choice school or parents who would now like to considered appealing for a place at SCC for Autumn 2018.  If you have any further queries or would like to book a place on a tour, please telephone 01795 472449.


Message to Year 8 Parents/Carers: Year 8 Options Evening


Dear Parent/Carer


I would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss the new curriculum that your son/daughter will be starting in July.

It is important that you attend, with your Year 8 child as the process of choosing their options will be explained and you will receive a booklet to help you make informed choices about their future.

To help you with this process we would like to invite you to attend a meeting on Thursday 8 March. The evening will consist of a presentation from myself which will run at three different times followed by an options fayre in the Community Theatre. This will provide you with an opportunity for you to speak to subject teachers about the individual subjects available to your son/daughter. The presentations will take place at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and again at 5.30pm and I would encourage you to attend one of these sessions with your child.

If you have any questions following the Options Evening, please contact your child’s Learning Leader. I look forward to seeing you at one of the meetings.

Yours faithfully

Mr P Southall
Deputy Headteacher


SCC OPEN Tuesday, 6th March


The water supply has now been restored and we are happy to announce that school will be open tomorrow.  


We very much look forward to welcoming students in the morning and becoming focused again on teaching and learning.


Please accept our apologies for the disruption over the past week and thank you for your patience and understanding.




SSF at SCC is closed today due to no water, but SSF at Westlands and the Skills Centre are still open and students are all expected to attend their lessons on those sites.


Work Update For Students


Teachers at SCC have uploaded work on Google for students to be doing today. All students should log in and complete work set.




Due to a burst water main in Sittingbourne, the school is currently without water supply.  As this seriously impacts our operation in terms of hygiene and safety, we regret to say that we have been forced to close the school for another day.


We will provide updates on this as soon as possible.


SCHOOL CLOSED 1st and 2nd March


Dear Parents and Carers,
We are very grateful for your effort and support in getting pupils to school today.  Unfortunately, the unpredictable nature of the weather meant that we had to close the school at short notice.  We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this and thank you for your understanding and support.

We became very concerned about the safety of students travelling and the possibility that many of our students, who travel considerable distances, might not be able to get home.  Also, conditions on site were becoming more unsafe as the snow continued to fall throughout the morning.

Taking into account today’s disruption, the icy conditions on site and the uncertainty around additional snowfall, we have made the difficult decision to close tomorrow. 

Thank you for your continued support.
Mr S. Murphy
Executive Headteacher


Phased Closure


Due to worsening weather conditions, the school will be closing as follows.

If you have not yet set out for school please do not attempt to do so, stay at home. 

If your child is at school please arrange to collect them as soon as possible. 

If you are unable to collect your child, care will be provided at school until the end of the school day, we will also attempt alternative transport home if possible. 


School Open - 10am Start


Due to difficult travel conditions this morning, the school will be open from 10am for students.


Wednesday 28th School Remains Closed - Updated


School closure: due to heavy snow fall over night, the school remains closed on Wednesday the 28th February.


Please note the following:  

Food Exam - 1st March

Tomorrows (1st March) Food Exam will be taking place, so please prepare as usual. 


Year 9 Parents;' Evening 

Year 9 Parents' Evening is postponed, please await further updates.


Year 11 - Make this time count

Year 11 - You have lots of resources on Google Drive to revise for English and mathematics. Your teachers are adding extra resources this morning to help you make the most of today.


Please check this news item for further updates. 


Issue 1 Term 3 2018 Newsletter


Please follow the link for the Issue 1 Term 3 2018 Newsletter.

Please click here.


Year 7 Trip to Canterbury


On 4 and 11 December 2017, The English department took two hundred of the Year 7s to Canterbury to visit the cathedral and The Canterbury Tales. The Darwin community went first; many had never been to Canterbury before and so we took them via the city’s most famous landmarks (including the oldest building and the witches’ ducking stool) on the way to the venues.

Unfortunately, on the second week, it was pouring down with rain and so we made a mad dash through the backstreets.

At The Canterbury Tales, pupils experienced what it was like to go on a pilgrimage and went with Chaucer’s pilgrims from London listening to some of the stories they told. Also, the gift shop was a popular stop here.

At the Cathedral, pupils were taken on a guided tour around the venue. They were told the story of the cathedral and key details were identified. The main focus of the tour was the gruesome murder of Thomas Becket and the miracles that followed his bloody death. Our pupils were so well behaved and respectful. They recognised that it was an active place of worship and were exceptional. The tour guides were very complimentary and said that they were the best group they have had the pleasure of working with.

Overall, the pupils had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Even on the second day, as the soaked Chaucer pupils boarded the bus, they all exclaimed how they had the best day and found it extremely interesting.

The English staff returned home very pleased and proud with the students. Many of whom were still talking about it and what they had learnt weeks later.

After each visit, we received letters and emails from the tour guides at the cathedral congratulating the pupils on their ‘remarkable insight’ and their ‘stimulating and challenging’ questions. One guide was a retired teacher who said that she ‘would have been pleased to have had them in her classes at school, and would have been proud of their behaviour’.



SCC National Archery Champions


Following last year’s National on Target Junior Club of the Year Award, the Archery Club welcomed twelve new members at the start of the new school year for their beginners course.

Archers were coached by our home grown Level 1 student and staff coaches and progressed rapidly, soon becoming fully fledged club members and eligible to be considered for competition. Meanwhile, the installation of the Danage wall was completed in the main sports hall which has enabled the club to have a permanent target wall for shooting indoors. This fixture was sponsored by WW Martin, Swale and Clickers Archery to whom we are really grateful.

The school hosted the annual inter-county indoor competition on 25 November 2017 between Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex and the club was invited to field a team in all the bow type categories. Ten students formed the team and represented the school shooting really well up against the county team members and coming third overall.

This was a warm up for the next big competition event held in Warwickshire on 2 December 2017. The club sent a twenty-one strong team to compete in the Archery GB Junior Indoor National Championships at Stoneleigh Park National Agricultural Exhibition Centre. This event needed a 3.20am start to travel to the competition ready to start shooting at 9.00am. It was worth the early alarm call as the team returned with eight medals and the following National Champions:

U14 Ladies Barebow – Lily Warner.
U16 Ladies Longbow – Rayelle Ennels-Smith and overall Ladies Longbow Champion.
U18 Barebow – Harry Stew.
U18 Longbow – Samuel Homewood and Overall Gents Longbow Champions fifth year running.

The next major event for the club will be the Kent County Indoor Championships held in Tenterden on Sunday 28 January 2018, where we will send thirty competitors, representing the largest junior club in the country. The club and school are also playing host to the Archery GB Level 2 coaching course which gives junior archers the chance to benefit from additional coaching opportunities.

If you are interested in joining the club please speak to Mr Kenyon.


Parent/Carer Ofsted Letter


December 2017


Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to inform you of the outcome of our latest Ofsted inspection on 21st and 22nd November. Happily, the school has retained its status as a ‘good school’ and whilst the overall report is available on the school website, the following excerpts capture the essence of the feedback from inspectors. ‘There is a harmonious atmosphere in the school’ and ‘pupils said they feel safe around the site’. The report was especially positive about leadership and describes leaders as pursuing ‘improvements in teaching and learning with vigour’ and that governors ‘focus relentlessly on checking any barriers to success are removed’. Above all, the report states that ‘the pace of change is rapid’ and that ‘teachers have high expectations and expect all pupils to give of their best’. I am delighted for the pupils, the staff and parents that Ofsted recognised the many strengths of the school. The end of term arrangements have changed slightly. We are now closing to pupils at 12.20 on Wednesday 20th December. Those pupils who are in receipt of school meals may collect their lunch at breaktime should they wish. We are also raising money for our two charities on the 20th December by asking pupils to pay 50p to wear their Christmas jumpers for the day. If your child should wish to take part please ensure they wear their jumper over their school shirt and under their blazer. I look forward to seeing all the pupils and staff looking suitably cheery and bright. Finally, I wish you and your families a safe and restful Christmas break and I look forward to seeing the pupils on the 4th January 2018.


Yours faithfully,

Seamus Murphy

Executive Headteacher


Link to report

Original Letter



Swale Sixth Form Open Evening


Thursday 2 November, 5—7.30pm—YOU ONLY NEED TO VISIT ONE SITE
Both events are the same:-
At The Sittingbourne Community College and Westlands School.


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Hear our Swale Sixth Form Radio Advert on Heart Radio


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Year 7 Parents Information Evening


Year 7 Parents are invited to join us on Thursday 28th September for an Information Evening, where there will be an opportunity to meet key members of our community staff who will be supporting Year 7 students throughout the year.
We will also talk through how students will be assessed in their lessons and how this will be reported home to parents.
Representatives from the English, mathematics and science departments will also be available to discuss the topics the students will be studying throughout Year 7.

The evening will take place in the Bourne Hall. There will be talks starting at 4.00pm and 5.30pm. Parents are welcome to attend either.

Past experience has shown us that pupils so best when we are able to build strong partnerships between home and school, in which we all work together to support students. With that in mind, we hope to see you on Thursday evening and look forward to meeting many of our new parents.


Student Progress Reports


Students in years 7-11 will receive a Progress Report at the end of Term 1.
These will be posted home, while we continue to collect valid email addresses from parents.
If you have changed your address and not advised us, please do so as soon as possible to ensure you receive a copy of your child’s report.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Learning Leader.


Early closure on Wednesday 4th October


SCC will close at 12.20pm for Open Day on Wednesday 4th October.
Students on FSM will be able to pick up a packed lunch at break time and school buses have been asked to collect students at 12.30pm. Other students will need to make their own way home.


Year 6 open evening


Wednesday 4th October 5:00pm-7:30pm
Headteacher's speech - 6:00pm & 6:45pm
Parental Tours are available daily from Monday 2nd October - Friday 13th October 2017 9:00-9:45am and 10:45-11:30am
Please contact the college office for more information


Beginning of Term Arrangements - Autumn 2017


Staff development day Tuesday 29th August 2017

Year 7 students start on Wednesday 30th August 2017

Years 8,9,10,11  students starts on Thursday 31st August 2017


Award winning playwright Simon Stephens visits drama students


Yesterday, Simon Stephens, an award winning playwright, visited drama students at Sittingbourne Community College to support in their theatrical education. Year 10 are studying his play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, as one of next year’s GCSE texts. They were given the opportunity to work in small groups with the playwright, receiving first-hand tips and advice on how to present the characters in the play, whilst post-16 students were given directorial ideas on their BTEC devised production of Grimm Tales.


Simon has taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, and he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. His adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, has won 7 Olivier Awards, and it is currently on stage in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.




Everyone Has a Story to Tell


On Wednesday 21st June, every student in English lessons at Sittingbourne Community College was let loose to write for pleasure, without the pressure of assessment or marking. All English lessons celebrated National Writing Day, which recognises that ‘everyone has a story to tell’ and is supported by authors such as Michael Rosen and Michael Morpurgo. Students of all ages created engaging and imaginative texts, ranging from mythical fables to autobiographical recounts to poetry. Selected pieces will be published by the national educational charity, English & Media Centre which can be followed  @EngMediaCentre Twitter feed, and under #EMCLetThemLoose.



Collaborate Art Show


We invite you to join us in celebrating the work of our art, textiles and photography students at the inter-trust visual-arts show ‘Collaborate’.

The show will take place on Thursday 13th July from 4-6pm  at the Community College Whitstable.


Information regarding ‘legal high’


It would seem that a problem exists in the wider community regarding a certain ‘legal high’ known as nitrous oxide, also referred to as ‘laughing gas’. Canisters associated with this substance have been noticeable in certain areas within Sittingbourne and beyond. We thought parents might appreciate being better informed in the event of their children being prey to these issues and recommend looking at the following site for this and other issues.  If you have any ongoing concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Please click here to find out more.


Year 11 – final examinations and school attendance


After the Additional Science examination tomorrow (Friday 16th), Year 11 students who have completed all of their courses (coursework and examinations) will be permitted to go home. The science examination will finish between 10.30 and 11.00am.  
Students who still have examinations to sit in the coming fortnight, or coursework to complete, will be required to remain in school to attend lessons and intervention sessions. There are important history intervention sessions taking place on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (9am-12pm) and it is vital that history students attend these. 

In addition, students may be requested by teachers to attend personalised intervention sessions in order to complete units of work or prepare for examination.
If, due to transport issues, a student is unable to make their way home immediately after the science exam tomorrow, they should stay in school and go to their normal timetabled lessons until the end of the school day when they can take their usual means of transport home. Students will not be permitted to roam the school site after the examination.  


Parent/Guardian email address update.


The Sittingbourne Community College is changing the way it sends out student reports, they will now be sent via email, not posted. Because of this we will need confirmation we have an up to date email address for you. 

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Maths Challenge


Pupils at Sittingbourne Community College stretched their maths skills to the limit at the Secondary Maths Challenge, at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone.Pupils at Sittingbourne Community College stretched their maths skills to the limit at the Secondary Maths Challenge, at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone.

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The Parliamentary Review


The Sittingbourne Community College has been selected to appear in the 2015/16 edition of The Parliamentary Review. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector, with this edition aimed particularly at leading policymakers and executives within Secondary Education.


Click here for The Parliamentary Review