Parent/Carer Ofsted Letter
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.
Link to report
Message to Parents
On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November, we welcome Ofsted for our school inspection. Please find the relevant documentation below.
Ofsted letter to parents
Ofsted handbook to parents
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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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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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.
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