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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Auditions for our Sixth Form production are being held on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November 2018.

Disaggragated Day - School Closed to Students and Staff

A reminder that Friday 30th November 2018 is a disaggregated day. School is closed to both students and staff.

New Hope Food Bank

New Hope Food Bank

Our Christmas appeal for 2018 is now open. We are supporting the New Hope Food Bank. This is a community-based food bank serving Killamarsh and the surrounding areas within a 6-mile radius. It covers all of our school catchment area and provides emergency food for up to seven days to individuals and families who are in short term crisis. Download the letter here.

School Calendar

Please download a copy of our school calendar below: School Calendar 2018 / 19

Eckington Sixth Form Prospectus

Sixth Form Open Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended the Sixth Form Open Evening - if you missed the event, you can arrange a visit by emailing us post16@eckington.derbyshire.sch.uk . We look forward to welcoming you into Sixth Form in September. Our Sixth Form prospectus is available to download by clicking the image on the right.

"Untold Stories: a Commemoration of the Armistice"

Untold Stories: a Commemoration of the Armistice

November 8th 2018 at 7.00pm - Eckington Sixth Form Centre

Do you have a story to tell about your relatives' experience in the First World War? If so, we would like to share it on November 8th at Eckington School's commemoration of the Armistice centenary. We are looking for photos, documents and artefacts which we can use to tell the local and less well-known stories of our community's involvement in the Great War.

If you would like to help by loaning us documents or artefacts which we can use to build up our evening, please contact Mr. Wright by email - cwright6@eckington.derbyshire.sch.uk or by phone on 01246 432849.

Non Uniform Day

Madeline Siddall

Our non uniform day on Friday 26th October 2018 raised £875.73 for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity and will be used to partly fund another local cardiac screening session for young people (aged 14-35) of Eckington and surrounding areas.

One screening has already taken place on the 28th of July, 2018 and was organised by Anne and Craig Siddall; whose fundraising efforts made this event possible. Anne and Craig tragically lost their daughter Madeline, in July 2011 from an undiagnosed cardiac condition leaving family, friends and the school community devastated. Madeline was a student at Eckington School from 2006 to 2011. We hope to support this charity again in the future.

Year 7 Raising Achievement Evening

The Year 7 Raising Achievement Evening was on 17th October 2018. It was a great to see so many parents and students at our Year 7 Raising Achievement Evening.

Missed the event or want another look? The following presentations from the event are available to downloaded here:

  • Year 7 Raising Achievement Presentation: Smart Students, Keen to Learn
  • Year 7 Raising Achievement Presentation: Assessment and Reporting
  • Year 7 Raising Achievement Presentation: Literacy

  • Eckington School GCSE Results 2018

    GCSE students on results day 2018 GCSE students on results day 2018

    This year sees the introduction by the Government of new GCSEs in the majority of subjects, including a new 9-1 grading system for these subjects.

    To ensure that students this year are not disadvantaged, Ofqual, the independent regulator, has ensured that the number of students getting new grades 9-4 will be the same nationally as gained grades A*-C last year. We are delighted that the hard work and the commitment shown by staff and students have resulted in pleasing results across all subjects.

    GCSE students on results day 2018 GCSE students on results day 2018

    Outstanding individual results: - 30 out of 186 (16%) students gained 4 or more top grades (7, 8 and 9/A*-A).

  • 10: Charlotte Bramall, Bethany Clarke, Abbie Thompson.
  • 9: Eleanor Chesterton, Georgia Davies, Alicia Hill, Amy Jones, Riya Patel.
  • 8: Madalaine Ellis, Phoebe Freeston, Emily Newbould.
  • 7: Molly Brookfield, Erin Flanagan, Rebecca Howsham, Brooke Morley.
  • 6: Herbie Colton, Jasmine Harper, Dylan Pickering, Emily Wallace.
  • 5: Amy Ludlam, Matthaios Markatis, Ella Taylor, Max Barker.
  • 4: Jessica Commerford, Michael Gavrilov, Georgia Hawcroft, Archie Holmes, Megan Hovey, Luke Jackson, Liberty Marshall.
  • Virtually all students gained at least one A*-G/9-1. This is particularly pleasing because we are a truly comprehensive school taking the full range of ability. The percentage of students gaining 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C) in English and mathematics this year is 61.7%, an increase of 5.7% from last year.

    The percentage of students gaining a grade 5 or above in English and mathematics also showed an improvement from last year, up 7.3%, to 38.3% this year. 92.5% of students gained at least one 9-4/A*-C grade showing that the curriculum is sufficiently broad and flexible so that virtually all students can gain a 9-4/A*-C in at least one subject.

    These are excellent results which have been achieved by a complete cross section of students. Eckington School is a mixed comprehensive which offers places to all young people regardless of ability. Academic achievement is regarded as an important aspect of the education we provide but not the only aspect and we do not manipulate entry to either courses or examinations to improve outcomes.

    GCSE students on results day 2018 GCSE students on results day 2018

    We believe that a number of factors have contributed to our success, of which the hard work of the students themselves, the support of their parents and the skill and commitment of our teachers are most significant. Joining the LEAP Academy Trust has helped us to make improvements and we look forward to working with them going forward to further enhance the outcomes of our students.

    For several years, we have used a system of target setting and monitoring at GCSE in which students are given a clear indication very early in their course as to the results we expect. This is based on a subject by subject analysis of previous performance. At the same time students are challenged to exceed these expectations. Many students have risen to this challenge magnificently. Within this process regular monitoring allowed us to give encouragement throughout and to address any issues for those in danger of underachieving before it became too late.


    Principal Mrs Burgess said I am delighted with our GCSE results, which are much improved from last year. Our students have worked very hard to achieve this standard and have been very well supported by our dedicated staff. These improved outcomes demonstrate increasing effectiveness of high quality teaching, coupled with strong management systems and teamwork. We are pleased with these outcomes but are not complacent and will seek to work together with LEAP to build on this achievement.'

    A Level Results 2018

    A level students on results day 2018 A level students on results day 2018
    A level students on results day 2018 A level students on results day 2018

    Amidst all the changes nationally to the exam system, Eckington School's 2018 A Level results have shown an improvement from last year. The Principal, Alison Burgess, welcomed the results: 'We are delighted with the exam results of 2018, for the whole range of students, which continue to show improvement year on year. The standard of teaching here at Eckington, with the increased support and challenge of LEAP Academy Trust, is moving towards excellent. Throughout the past two years our sixth form students have demonstrated great commitment and hard work, whilst engaging in a wide range of extra-curricular and social activities.'

    The major change nationally over the past two years is that almost all subjects taken now at A Level have a new syllabus with only a final examination. This has obviously been a challenge to both staff and students, to which we have been able to respond.

    Our A Level average points score per entry is up on last year as are the number of higher grades, and several students have gained places at Russell Group Universities.

    Mrs Burgess said 'As a comprehensive school, our focus is on achieving outstanding results for all our students, and also delivering high value-added progress from GCSE to A Level. We pride ourselves on offering opportunity as widely as possible by keeping restrictions on entry to sixth form courses to a minimum. As a result, a number of students who in many institutions may not have been allowed to begin Level 3 courses have gained very commendable grades, thereby giving them access to university places'.

    One of the key reasons for our success, which we hope will grow even more with LEAP, is the consistent focus on the interests of the students, developing a broad range of skills and responsibilities. Our excellent tutor team works with the students from day one, identifying any concerns at an early stage and offering constructive support and guidance throughout the two years of study.

    There were several outstanding individual results: " Daniel Burgess with 4 A* grades at A Level in Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics, together with an A* grade in The Extended Project. (Daniel is going on to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences).

  • Olivia Ballington - Film Studies A*, English Literature A, Resistant Materials A.
  • Sam Beardshaw - Business Studies A, Resistant Materials A, Extended Project A, Art Photography B.
  • Liam Dunn - History A, Mathematics A, Biology B, Physics C.
  • Abbie Uprichard - Art Photography A, Business Studied B, Sociology B , Extended Project D.
  • Rebecca Young - Art Photography A, Textiles A, History C.
  • Among our students who followed vocational courses, mention should be made of Jade Straw who scored triple distinction in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care and Reece Mallender who gained a distinction star in Extended Diploma in Creative Media.

    Exciting changes at Eckington School

    Eckington School is delighted to announce it is due to join LEAP Multi Academy Trust on 1st April 2018. This follows a consultation period and governor approval. It means that LEAP will be the employer of the staff team and is responsible for supporting the school on its improvement journey.

    LEAP Multi Academy Trust

    LEAP logo

    LEAP (the Learner Engagement and Achievement Partnership) is a Trust currently comprising two 11-18 secondary schools in Rotherham: Brinsworth Academy and Dinnington High School. LEAP's mission is to support students so that they can "achieve excellence".

    LEAP has already been providing informal support for several areas of the school in recent months, and so there are already some established working relationships between a number of key colleagues.

    LEAP has a Chief Executive, Mr Andy Riches, an Executive Principal, Mr Wayne Barsby, and a team of colleagues who can be deployed to support teaching, leadership and administration roles.

    Ms Burgess (currently Deputy Headteacher) will become Principal upon the retirement of Mr Cummings. Mr Barsby will be the Executive Principal for Eckington School and will be based here from Easter.

    LEAP will fund some additional staffing for the new school year in a number of subject areas in order to help students "achieve excellence". Moving forward, we will keep you informed of the exciting changes and benefits that joining LEAP will bring for our students, staff and community.

    Eckington students quiz top BBC journalist Nick Robinson

    BBC's Nick Robinson with Y11 students BBC's Nick Robinson with Y11 students

    Eckington School welcomed the leading BBC Journalist, Nick Robinson, on Thursday 8th March for a Q&A session with one hundred Year 11 students. The event focused on politics and journalism and was organised by UK Charity Speakers for Schools. The aim of the event was to raise aspirations amongst students. Read More

    National Champion

    National Champion

    Ruby S, a year 8 student at Eckington School, won the National Indoor Athletics U15 800m event on Saturday 24th February 2018. The competition proved tough yet Ruby's talent shone through.

    Ruby is the new national U15 800m indoor champion, with a winning time of 2:14:36s.

    This is an exceptional result for Ruby, particularly with her being one of the younger athletes in the age group. Well Done Ruby - everyone at Eckington School is extremely proud of you!

    Waste Watchers

    Waste Watchers

    On Tuesday 30th January Year 8 took part in a fun-filled workshop all about waste. The Waste Watchers programme was delivered in school by live theatre company Gibber. Students explored issues around waste and recycling. The motto of the day was the three Rs; Reduce Reuse Recycle!

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    Parent View

    Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about Eckington School.

    Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of our school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. OFSTED uses the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. A screencast demonstrating how to register and complete a survey on Parent View is available on the How to use Parent View page. By sharing your views, youll be helping our school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about Eckington School. Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England. (adapted from the Parent View website)

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