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Sedgefield News - October Edition
SCC 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 regularly 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."
Sedgefield in Bloom
Sedgefield struck gold once again in the recent Northumbria in Bloom awards, held at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead.
Although beaten to the Champion of Champions award by Durham City, the Bloom team were pleased to win a gold medal in such a high status group. In addition, silver awards went to Sedgefield Racecourse, Manor House 1707 and Hardwick Hall gardens, while Hardwick Park volunteers and Claremont Grove residents’ gardens won gold. Ron and Brenda Wright of 61 Station Road were thrilled to win not only a gold medal but also the overall award for the best private garden in Northumbria in Bloom.
Judges Eileen, Val and Ron spent four hours in Sedgefield on their July judging day. They were impressed by the strong community participation and local pride always evident in Sedgefield, commending the enthusiasm and dedication of Bloom volunteers, with their impressive year-round calendar of activities. Businesses such as the Dun Cow and Golden Lion were complimented on their attractive displays; colourful planting by our council gardeners, plus eye-catching icons like the Bloom Bike and Beacon, enhance the village, which the judges consider ‘blessed by a lovely central green.’ The team also appreciated the creation of beautiful gardens in the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall, where work continues on the development of the
‘Stepping through Time’ garden.
Bloom chairman Howard Smith said,
"We are pleased and proud to have achieved a gold medal in this very challenging class. Sedgefield is a great place and we enjoy making it look even more lovely year on year.
Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement."
For details of the next Bloom fundraisers see the diary page.
Community College opens another new building
Residents will be aware that only a few years ago the tired and run down old Community College building was replaced with a stunning new £20 million replacement. However as the college’s reputation has grown alongside consistently outstanding student performance, demand for places has left the school bursting at the seams!
This has led to old and dilapidated temporary classrooms, which had remained after the old school had been demolished, finally being replaced with an entirely more suitable annex which opened its doors to students for the first time this month. Headteacher Mr Davies commented that he was ‘delighted that finally, regardless of the lesson being taught, our outstanding students would be able to enjoy working in the first class facilities that they deserve’.
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