The Sittingbourne Community College
Executive Headteacher: Mr S. Murphy
Head of School: Mrs Y Peden
The Sittingbourne Community College is a non-selective high school operating within a selective system. We are proud that we were graded by Ofsted in December 2017 as a good school where learning and behaviour were judged to be exemplary.
At Sittingbourne Community College, we don’t have mission statements pinned to classroom walls. Students are not encouraged to recite the school’s priority list or to quote from a student charter. Instead, we work tirelessly to ensure that our ethos is apparent in everything we do, from the relationships between teachers and students to the interaction between the Headteacher and parents. As a result, we have created a community of learners underpinned by emotionally intelligent collaboration and leadership networks. Our ethos is not words on a page; it is, as visitors so often remark, so deeply embedded that it is almost tangible.
We understand that a school is a community of individuals and the needs of these individuals will, by definition vary. Whilst academic progress is at the heart of everything we do, we have kept a significant focus on the performing arts and sport in our determination to meet the needs, and focus on the strengths of all learners.
- Age range 11 -18
- Predominant ethnic background of students is White British
- 45% of students are entitled to free school meals
- The school has two resourced provisions, one of which serves hearing impaired students; the second supports students with speech and language difficulties.
- A Swale Academies Trust school since January 2012
- A Teach First school since September 2015
- Approx. 1200 students currently on roll
- As a result of significant improvements in outcomes and the school’s reputation within the local community, our PAN is to increase by 60 students per year, with effect from 2017.
Seamus Murphy, Executive Headteacher
Seamus is an experienced leader in education with a strong track record of improving schools.
Seamus began his career in London in 1996 in a challenging inner-city school as Head of History, as well as working with senior leaders to improve literacy across the school. As a result, standards rose rapidly and the school was judged outstanding.
Since 2000, Seamus has worked as a senior leader in a variety of demanding schools, including two stints working for London Challenge supporting schools that required rapid improvement in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets.
As a headteacher, Seamus led a school in Kent that was judged as inadequate to a good Ofsted judgement within 13 months. Standards at the school rose year on year and as a result the school has recently retained its good Ofsted judgement.
Seamus has also worked for Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, supporting primary, secondary and special schools to improve across the South East.
'Expertise from other schools within the Trust has been astutely drafted in by the executive headteacher. It has contributed to the rapidity with which the school has improved.'
Sittingbourne Community College, Ofsted report December 2017