John Green, the new Headmaster at Seaford College, has wasted little time in continuing to push the college as one of the most popular providers of independent education in Sussex.
In just two months at the helm of the day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 7 -18, Mr Green has introduced a new management structure, with two new Deputy Heads. Mr James Passam has made a significant impact on the middle school (Years 9 – 11) by reviewing all academic structures and pastoral support procedures, while Mr Will Yates has been reviewing all matters involving Sixth Form education – and it is very clear the pupils are enjoying and benefitting from his vast experience.
The brand new Year 9 enrichment carousel commenced in September and the feedback from both pupils and parents has been excellent. Every pupil in Year 9 will have extra lessons in Music, Dance, Public Speaking, Bush craft, Financial Awareness, Self Defence, Cooking, DIY Skills/Cycle Maintenance and Empathy Skills. This extra wide portfolio of experience is without doubt adding to the development and academic profile of all pupils concerned.
Mr Green is very keen to increase the parent/tutor partnership and, since the start of the new academic year, each year group from Year 9 upwards has had a special parent and tutor evening – making sure that this vital academic partnership is made right from the start of the year.
Mr Green said: “The tutor’s role is central in both caring for pupils and, crucially, monitoring their progress both academically and socially; encouraging involvement, commitment, and high standards of work and behaviour.”
Mr Green is very keen to make sure that a strong academic core is made available to all pupils at the College:
“Academically I have been very impressed by the teaching and learning taking place across the college. I often drop in to lessons on ‘learning walks’ and will continue to do so post half term. The college is due for a full inspection in the next academic year and to make sure we are fully prepared we are conducting internal inspections across all departments. The inspections include full lesson observations of all staff, work scrutiny as well as student questionnaires. Thus far I have been very impressed by what I have seen and I look forward to exploring and assessing more departments over the year ahead. I am concerned above all with the achievement of each child’s academic potential. However, the starting point for this is to establish every child’s potential. Only then can we work with children and parents to ensure that every pupil knows what to aim for and how these goals can be achieved.”
In order to do this, the College is introducing the concept of ‘Challenge Grades’. Every child in Years 7 and 8 and in the Senior School will be set a Challenge Grade in every subject.
Mr Green said: “This grade is, essentially, a measure of potential. It is what we think a child can achieve if they work hard. Challenge Grades will be ambitious but realistic.”
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