Open Evening Thursday 21st September 6pm

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“It gives me great pleasure to invite you to our Open Evening. The evening will start with a brief introduction, but the majority of the time will be your chance to meet the students and staff of our school.

I would love you to take part in our interactive sessions and learn more by asking questions of anyone. I look forward to seeing you there.” Craig Knowles, Acting Headteacher


Great Active Gold standard

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Hetton School is a Great Active Sunderland School.

Hetton School is celebrating achieving the Gold standard for the Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter.

The Great Active Sunderland School Charter has been developed to be a celebration of school’s who are improving the health and wellbeing of pupils, creating sport and physical activity opportunities and being a great community school. The Charter has 18 elements with schools across the City working towards achieving enough components to gain either a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard.

Hetton School has worked hard to encourage its students to embrace a culture of exercise, physical activity and healthy eating and have been rewarded by achieving the Gold standard.

Councillor John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, commented that “The Great Active Sunderland School Charter is an innovative accreditation developed with the aim of ensuring schools work towards the city’s outcome of; ‘All together an Active Sunderland’ and ensuring that schools are recognised for the important work that they do in physical education, sport, physical activity and in the community”.

Craig Knowles the acting head teacher of Hetton School is very proud of the school becoming one of the first schools in Sunderland to be awarded the Gold standard for the Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter for 2017. The Charter has proved to be a great improvement tool and gives credit to the school for its achievements in creating a culture of sport, exercise, physical activity and healthy eating.

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U15s Cricket

Hetton School Life

Friday 8th September.

Hetton School U15′s take on Durham Johnston u15s for the final of the County Cup.

Due to Callan Salkeld (Captain) losing the toss Durham Johnston selected to bowl first, leaving Hetton grabbing their bats for the first innings. Callan Salkeld and Logan Barton head to the crease for the first ball off the game. Both of the openers looking very attacking and positive by getting a sharp 12 of the first 2 overs. This soon comes to an end from the first ball of the 3rd over as Callan gets caught behind on 6 from 7 balls. This results in Miles Birbeck marking center as number 3, looking very attacking from the first ball. Both Miles and Logan running very positively, this then leads in the score being 80 of the first 10 overs as a result of a run rate of 10 an over.

As Logan sharply got his second 50 of the day. This swiftly moved onto Miles getting his 50. But all good things must come to an end as Miles is caught out on 50 from 48 balls. As Logan keeps the run rate up by hitting plenty more boundaries Oliver Watt (number 4) gets bowled out on 7 from 7 balls. Our number 5 Alex Dreze comes in for the final few balls keeping his wicket. The innings comes to an end leaving Logan Barton our opening batsman unbeaten on 81* from just 57 balls. From Hetton School batting very positively this results in a grand total of 165 for 3 off the 20 overs. Leaving Durham Johnston with a chasing score of 166.

As the second innings came to the game, Callan Salkeld and Miles Birbeck as our opening bowlers, they restricted the run rate of Durham Johnston. As the 5th over comes to play it looked as if Durham Johnston where hungry for runs giving us plenty of chances for a catch but we didn’t get luck until Ryan Tinkler is the one to break Durham Johnston’s opener batters partnership by a great catch from miles Birbeck’s bowling. We continued to get more wickets due to great bowling and great catches. Jack Scott bowled the last over bagging himself a wicket from his 2nd ball.

Oliver Watt bagging himself 2, Logan Barton getting himself 2 wickets, Miles Birbeck with a wicket and Jack Scott also getting a wicket. Also with excellent fielding and Wicket keeping from the Hetton team, we restricted Durham Johnston to 104 for 8 of the 20 overs. This results to Hetton School taking the victory and the trophy back to the school.

Write up by,

Layla Tipton

Key Stage 4 Welcome Presentation

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We invite all Parents’ of Year 10 and Year 11 to our Key Stage 4 Welcome Presentation on Thursday 14th September from 5-6pm in our Main Hall.  This presentation will give you more information about the experience your child will have us here at Hetton School, and allow you to further support your son/daughter in their learning.

We will introduce our new assessment system and our school’s Learn to Achieve philosophy which is the cornerstone of life here at Hetton School.  The aim of this strategy is to develop resilience, independence, aspiration, a desire to improve and a determination to succeed within all of our students.  This in turn will lead to academic success and a young adult who is ready to face the challenges of post-16 life.  We will also be covering ways in which you can also help complement this Growth Mindset at home.

Looking smart on the first day back

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Well done to all our students on a fantastic first day back at school. Our staggered start ensured that our new Year 7s settled in well, and all year groups heard from Acting Headteacher, Mr Knowles and Assistant Headteacher, Mrs McKeown on the expectations and standards of Hetton School. Clear messages based on our motto of Respect. Learn. Achieve. were delivered and students were reminded that as long as they give 100% we will always be proud of them. Mention was made of the excellent results achieved by our 2017 leavers as an inspiration that our current students could aspire to.

All students were looking incredibly smart in their uniforms. Students were reminded that anyone still missing an item can get the only ‘school specific’ items of badge and tie from the school office. All other items can be bought from local shops, chain clothing stores or supermarkets. Details on the ‘Parents’ section of our website.

It was also the first day for our Cricket Academy (in association with Durham Cricket Board) and Girls Football Academy (in association with Sunderland Foundation of Light). These talented youngsters began or continued their journey as excellent role models, alongside their new professional coaches.

A big welcome to our new staff in English, Maths, Science, Computing, Technology and Music, and also to our new catering team (who created some tasty and innovative street eats for everyone).

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GCSE Results Day 2017

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Teaching resilience gets results at Hetton School 

It has been an exciting year in the life of Hetton School. With the move to a new school building in September 2016, a change in leadership in February 2017 and the launch of their new Girls Football Academy, there has been a huge positive shift in the direction of the school. However it has been the school’s ground-breaking ‘Learn to Achieve’ strategy that has made the biggest difference to its students. This strategy, that is a bespoke version of leading academic, Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, is teaching resilience to students – and what a difference it has made!

The school’s 2017 GCSE results have taken a leap from previous years (for example an 8% rise in the number of students achieving a good grade in both English and Maths) with some students achieving spectacular results. Acting Headteacher, Craig Knowles explains:

“Over the past year we have recognised that a new approach was required. The school had everything in place for student success: an amazing new building; highly trained and skilled staff; a truly personalised curriculum and committed leadership. Yet despite being recognised as a good school by Ofsted we felt that overall results for students had previously been disappointing. We made a decision to change the mindset of our students. We now teach them how to be resilient, how to seek feedback and learn from it, how to learn from the success of others, and how to embrace challenge. When combined we call this our ‘Learn to Achieve’ strategy – and it has had a huge impact on students throughout the school and also on staff. Hetton School is a hugely rewarding and positive place to work and this strategy is a big factor in that success.”

Of course not all of the success of this year’s leavers can be attributed to the ‘Learn to Achieve’ strategy. Chair of governors, Margaret Young also outlines other important elements:

“The commitment, determination and drive of the students will always be the crucial factor. We are immensely proud of what they have achieved, and of the efforts of our outstanding staff. The new school building has removed one of the barriers to the school’s success, but it is the skills and resilience of the leadership, staff and students that make the difference.”

Just one of the success stories of this year’s results has been 16 year old, Dominic Kendle. A student of huge potential who has benefitted significantly from feedback that has helped him persist in the face of setbacks. However, to his huge credit Dominic fully embraced the new ‘Learn to Achieve’ strategy, becoming even more positive, determined, ambitious and resilient in the process. Dominic’s results of 9 ‘good’ passes now means that he can move on to Sunderland College to study Sports Science in September. After receiving his results Dominic said:

“There have been a number of ups and downs throughout my time at Hetton School and I haven’t always been on track to achieve the best results. However, I have always felt supported and encouraged. Next year I will be studying Sports Science at Bede College with the aim of being a PE teacher in the future. I’ve made some fantastic friends and had some amazing memories throughout my time at school and things like the New York visit will be a lifelong memory. Thank you.”

Another success has been that of Niamh Dawson. Niamh achieved 11 ‘good’ GCSE passes including ‘A*’ grades in French, History, Physics and Humanities; ‘A’ grades in Biology, Chemistry and ICT; and the much coveted ‘9’ grade in English Language and English Literature. Niamh is planning to study A Levels in English, Psychology and Biology and is interested in pursuing a career in the medical profession.

“Reach for the stars and if you fall short you land on the clouds”.

Niamh highlighted that she has faced struggles in subjects such as Mathematics as it didn’t come easy to her. However, she attributed her success to hard work, not giving up and a determination to be better. This matches the ‘Learn to Achieve’ philosophy which runs right through Hetton School.

More details on the results and the background to the strategies behind them is available here.

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Car Wash

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Ella Renwick, Josh Wilkinson and friends took part in a staff car wash to raise funds for Cambodia.

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Girls Football Academy

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What a fantastic morning we all had at the Stadium of Light celebrating the signing of contracts for our new Girls Football Academy opening September 2017.

We were welcomed by the SAFC Foundation of Light staff and our tour guide Ken Riley, Ken is from Hetton which was very appropriate for the occasion. The final part of our visit was to sign the players onto the academy, this took place in the press room. The girls really enjoyed every part of the visit and were made to feel very welcome.

All parties involved enjoyed the morning at the Stadium, the players were extremely pleased to be a part of the exciting photo opportunities the Foundation of Light gave them. They signed their contracts in the press room, they also had a second photo opportunity to go down onto pitch side and  have further pictures taken. The girl’s parents and carers were pleased to be a part of their success, we as a school are extremely excited for what the future may hold for the players and the academy.

Thanks

Lisa Ridley

Subject Leader of Personal Development

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