16 Plus Scholarships

Press Release:


A new scholarship scheme being introduced by Seaford College, near Petworth, could open the door to a bright new future for teenagers in Sussex who are academically gifted.

The independent day and boarding school – founded more than 150 years ago with the ethos of offering quality education for all – is offering a number of new sixth form scholarships for students expected to get straight As and A* grades in their upcoming GCSEs.

The scholarships, worth up to £500, mean successful students would gain the opportunity of tailored sixth-form tuition in small tutor groups, gearing them up for that all-important university place, as well as all the other advantages an independent education has to offer.

The College hopes to give support to scholars in specialist areas, particularly in Sport, Art, Music and Drama.

Seaford College’s academic standing has risen dramatically in recent years and it is no longer a rarity for students to gain Oxbridge places. In recent times, local students Will Avery and Oliver Hancock were both offered places at Oxford and went on to graduate in Management & Economics and Music. Oliver is now an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and has worked with the Jesus College Chapel Choir and Ely Cathedral Girls Choir. Christina Gladkova, from the Czech Republic, went from Seaford to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge while scholarship student Profir-Petru Partachi last year attained a four-year scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, to read a master’s degree in Computing and Mathematics.

Most sixth form students at Seaford College succeed in obtaining a place at their first choice university – quite an achievement for a school with a non-selective intake and where a large percentage of students have learning support!

Seaford College has operated a highly successful Eastern European scholarship in conjunction with the HMC (Headmasters Conference) for five years and Headmaster John Green said: “We see the new 6th form scholarships as an opportunity to further extend our reach into the wider community, offering opportunities to those talented young people whose parents might otherwise not be able to afford the school fees.

“Seaford’s strength is not only in offering a first class academic education, but also nurturing students’ strengths so that they leave school as confident and capable members of society.”

Applications are now being invited from Year 11 students predicted to get top grades in next summer’s GCSE examinations. Admission tests will be conducted on 28th November.

For further information, please contact Admissions Secretary Julie Mackay:
jmackay@seaford.org or telephone: 01798 867456.



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