American themed non-uniform Day

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On Friday 31st March 2017 it will  be an American themed non-uniform day for students and staff in school.  The theme, much like the non-uniform aspect, is optional and as such students can come in normal uniform.

The money raised from the day will be used to support the 2017 New York visit.  The cost to participate will be £2.00.

There will be various refreshments and activities scheduled at break and lunch with spot prizes for best dressed in each year group and amongst the staff.

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Hetton Honours

Hetton School Life

Hetton Honours Success

This week we have again been celebrating the success of our students in Years 7 – 10 who have successfully completed their Bronze, Silver or Gold Hetton Honours Award. Over 400 students have now completed their Bronze Award, 150 their Silver Award and 52 their Gold Award. All students were awarded their certificates and pin badges in three very positive assemblies. The students that have completed their Gold Award deserve a very special mention as they have taken advantage of a range of opportunities in extra-curricular life at school. This is an outstanding achievement and shows a great desire to stand out from the crowd.

The Hetton Honours scheme encourages our students to take advantage of the many extra-curricular activities that are on offer at Hetton School. They must gather evidence of how they have completed each of the seven sections of the award – Responsibility, Extra-curricular, School support, Peer support, Environmental, Community and School Trip. We were delighted to welcome Mr. Wilkinson from our Board of Governors and Mr. Knowles, Acting Head teacher, to the assemblies this week. Mr. Knowles congratulated all of the students that have completed their Awards and highlighted how important it is for students to take part in wider school life. Getting into college, university and finding a job is becoming increasingly competitive and by completing their Hetton Honours, these students are putting themselves into a fantastic position to succeed in life after school.   Well done to all involved.

Mr. Magee

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Acting HT & Former HT give evidence to MPs on Capital Spending for Schools

Hetton School Life Visits and Events

Yesterday Acting Headteacher Craig Knowles and former Headteacher Phil Keay presented evidence to MPs in the House of Commons.

The Public Accounts Committee is made up of MPs who take evidence in order to scrutinise civil servants

The Public Accounts Committee is made up of MPs who take evidence in order to scrutinise civil servants

The focus of the Public Accounts Committee enquiry was capital spending for schools, essentially scrutinising the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency on whether it has delivered effectively on school buildings.

Mr Knowles gave evidence on the new building, ongoing costs and their impact

Mr Knowles gave evidence on the new building, ongoing costs and their impact

As a school that has gone through this process recently the school was invited to present oral evidence to the committee to give a context to the scrutiny questions to follow. Sitting on the committee is MP for Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson MP, who helped organise the visit.

Below is the TV recording of the committee meeting (courtesy of Parliament TV), with the section from 1-38 minutes being the section Hetton School is most mentioned in.

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Mr Knowles said, “This was a great opportunity to help MPs challenge the DfE and EFA on the real, day-to-day impacts of decisions that have been taken. As a school we have a fantastic building that , although not without its faults, is a great environment for students and staff to develop in. However, we have had unforeseen costs this year that we believe should have formed part of contingency within the EFA budget and have now fallen on the school. These costs have to be found from our depleted revenue budget and therefore means we have less to spend on our real priorities of high quality teachers in every classroom, supported by high quality non-teaching staff. Despite these difficulties we have a clear plan for the school’s future that will allow us to continue to prosper as a good school.”

Behind Mr Knowles & Mr Keay sat representatives from the DfE & EFA prior to their questioning. Also behind is public seating. There were around 50 people in the committee room

Behind Mr Knowles & Mr Keay sat representatives from the DfE & EFA prior to their questioning. Also behind is public seating. There were around 50 people in the committee room

Although the committee focussed on whether the school building programme nationally was delivering effectively, Mr Knowles was able to convey our own school position and give the key message that the measure of the effectiveness of a school building is how well it allows students to learn and teachers to teach. In this regard Hetton School is performing at a much higher level than was ever possible in our previous crumbling buildings.

Mr Knowles concluded by stating, “One thing for sure, the future is bright at Hetton School, because we prioritise the most important thing – putting our students first”

It was a late finish at the Houses of Parliament for Mr Knowles on the parliamentary PAC

It was a late finish at the Houses of Parliament for Mr Knowles on the parliamentary PAC

 

World Book Day

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In order to celebrate reading, Hetton school’s teachers decided to share some of their favourite books with students.

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Indoor Cricket Coaching

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Eppleton Cricket Club Indoor Junior Coaching will start on Sunday at Hetton School in the new sports facilities. The sessions are open to all junior players from seven to 15 years old. The indoor sessions will run until Sunday, March 26, from 10am to noon and cost £2 per person. Players of all ages are welcome. For further information, contact junior officials at eppletoncc11@gmail.com

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/hetton-down-your-way-1-8388475

Craig Knowles

Acting Headteacher
Hetton School

Change of Leadership

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Change of Leadership

After over 6 years of leading Hetton School as Headteacher, Mr Keay has explained his decision to voluntarily leave his post as Headteacher of Hetton School to seek a new professional challenge elsewhere, to parents, carers, staff, governors at the school and to the council. In letters to students and parents on Wednesday he states,

“Over the past few months, I have come to the difficult decision to resign as Headteacher. My decision is not because of the students or staff of Hetton School – I love being in school every day and will miss this. I am in my tenth year as a Headteacher and, for me, it is time for a change. I thank the Governors for the support they have given me. Our new building is the start of the next phase for Hetton School. Thank you for your support in working together with the School, always in the best interests of our young people.”

In accepting his resignation the board of governors has asked Deputy Headteacher, Mr Craig Knowles to become Acting Headteacher until such a time as a permanent Headteacher can be appointed. Chair of governors, Margaret Young states,

“We have complete faith that Mr Knowles and the existing Senior Leadership Team have the capacity to continue the excellent progress begun under Mr Keay. We will continue to provide support to the senior leadership team and Acting Headteacher, Mr Knowles, who has served as Deputy Headteacher for six years, to ensure continuity during this transitional period for everyone at the school.”

Mr Knowles’s first task as Acting Headteacher was to inform the students of the change, including the words,

“Although Mr Keay’s resignation will come as a shock to you, I want to offer my assurance that as Acting Headteacher my focus will remain on putting you first. You will see little change in your day to day education and your fantastic teachers will help to ensure that it is business as usual. As a school our expectations remain the same. We expect you to: Respect yourselves, each other and the staff of the school; challenge yourselves to Learn to the best of your ability; and strive to Achieve the very best you can in every stage of your school life. I will work tirelessly to help you achieve these things and I will always be ready to listen if there is anything that we can change to improve your life chances.”