The College was founded in the seaside town of Seaford in 1884. In 1941, when the threat of invasion was high, the school was evacuated to Worthing. In 1946, rather than return to the coast, the Johnson family bought the current estate near Petworth and Charles Johnson became the Head of the, then, proprietorial school. He created a fully boarding school for boys that, at its height, had about 450 pupils and before he retired in 1990 he oversaw the school’s conversion to a Charitable Trust.
Numbers dropped during the recession of the early 1990s. The Board decided to admit day pupils and in 1996 the school went fully co-educational. The period between 1997 and 2011 has seen almost continual growth and development. The school now has over 600 pupils, including a popular Prep School section, and one in three pupils are girls.
Seaford College is owned by a Charitable Trust and Governed by a Board of Trustees. It is a non-selective school for boys and girls from the age of 7 through to 18. Although we have a high proportion of youngsters needing learning support, we do not consider ourselves to be a ‘special’ school; rather a mainstream school that does educational support better than all its competitors. We have everyone from the very brilliant, potential Oxbridge candidates, to those that find GCSEs a challenge.
Seaford College is a small, friendly school where relationships between pupils, their peers and also their teachers are exceptional and form the basis of a really caring and supportive community. The school prides itself on the range of opportunities available to pupils and aims to provide a distinctive and inclusive educational experience in which individual pupils are known, have the opportunity to discover themselves, are valued for their particular contribution, and are prepared for life. On leaving the College, each pupil will be a confident, articulate, well-rounded young person.
“I’ve passed your drive many times but never come in” is a story that I have heard many times. Do come and visit us, you will be impressed by what you find.