Seaford College alumnus profile: Felicity Lloyd-Coombes

Felicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 03 3A3A8445 webseaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-2seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-4seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-6seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-1seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-5seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-3Name: Felicity Lloyd-Coombes.

Years you attended Seaford: 1997-2004.

House: Mansion.

Position of responsibility held, if any? Prefect.

What do you do for a living now? I run my own business, Lloyd-Coombes Ceramics – Animal Sculpture. The main part of my business is selling my sculptures but I also teach short courses, hold demo days and talks, provide work to galleries and take on personalised commissions.

Have you always done this? Yes. I went to Loughborough University to study ceramics and set up my business full-time straight after graduating.

What are your happiest memories from your time at Seaford? Being a boarder and the family atmosphere that is formed within the boarding house between friends and staff. When you leave you make many friends, at university and work, but they never know you as well as those you have lived with and grown up with.

What do you feel were the greatest benefits of attending Seaford? The opportunity to board. You are treated as an individual and encouraged to be an individual; taught to follow the expectations you set for yourself, not ones that are put upon you by others.

Are you still in touch with many other alumni? Yes.

When was the last time you were back at the school? In June to teach a workshop. Prior to that, I’d been back a few years earlier to show my husband where I grew up.

How did you come to be involved in your line of work? Through Seaford teaching ceramics as a GCSE.

What are your plans for the future? To relocate the business to the Brecon Beacons, where it will have space to grow. We will be building accommodation for my courses and developing a hands-on area with the animals to teach and inspire the students.

What advice do you have for current Seaford pupils? To the girls: enjoy! You will probably only live in a mansion once in your life.


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Seaford College pupils and staff enjoy productive trip to Naples

Seaford College Naples trip 3Seaford College Naples trip 4Seaford College Naples trip 1Seaford College Naples trip 2Earlier in the summer, Seaford College took 43 Year 9 pupils, ten geography students and five members of staff to Naples for three nights. The trip began with a very early start, when the group met up in Gatwick’s North Terminal at 4am. They then flew to Naples and stayed in the beautiful clifftop village of Piano di Sorrento, with a lovely volcanic black sand beach below.

The group visited Mount Vesuvius to study the famous AD79 catastrophe as well as more recent eruptions. They discussed the threat the volcano poses to the surrounding region, reasons why people remain in hazardous areas, and the evacuation and monitoring procedures in place to keep people safe. Later they visited the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum to witness the impact of the AD79 eruption and took a ferry to Capri to study the island’s coastal scenery.

“It really helped students with their case studies and fieldwork skills for their IGCSE course,” said Julian Hart, Seaford Prep School’s new Deputy Head, who organised the tour. “It was an excellent trip.”

PR expert Martin Spurrier to speak at Seaford College careers evening

Seaford College Careers EveningCome and hear how one man went from England to Hong Kong in 1972 after an earlier career in the Army, became a founder member of Burson-Marsteller in Asia, owned a PR company and chaired the Hong Kong arms of Weber Shandwick and Edelman, two of the world’s leading PR firms.

Martin Spurrier’s story is fascinating and inspirational, and will give you a valuable insight into the world of PR and marketing.

The event has been organised by Heather Russell, Seaford College’s new Head of Careers, the first of many exciting talks planned for the year to help students make plans for their future careers.

Seaford College team take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Seaford College Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge summer 2016 2 WEBEarlier in the summer, a team of eight from Seaford College made the trip up to Yorkshire to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, which requires participants to scale the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Pennines in under 12 hours.

“The weather was appalling – the photos above don’t really do it justice as they were only taken towards the end of the day when things had improved – but I’m delighted to say we completed the challenge in 11 hours and 48 minutes,” said houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who organised the expedition.

“Starting at 7am in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, we headed straight up our first summit in steady rain and fairly strong winds. The climb was quite steady until the final hundred or so meters, when we had to scramble a bit up some pretty steep rock. We arrived at the summit in almost exactly an hour and Peny-y-Ghent was completed.

“The next stage of the challenge was a long slog over to Ribblehead Viaduct to begin climbing our second mountain, Whernside. The slog was about 10 miles and the first few miles were very tough. The ground was very boggy – several bridges had been washed away – and we ended up having to take some pretty long detours. We were feeling pretty tired – and very wet – when we saw a tea van in a desolate spot on the moors. Unable to believe our good fortune, we ordered not just teas and coffees, but also bacon and egg sandwiches and burgers too. This raised the spirits immensely and afterwards the weather improved a bit too.

Seaford College Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge summer 2016 1 WEB“Whernside was our highest summit of the day and involved a fairly long climb up alongside the viaduct and railway line before curving back round to the peak. Continue reading

Seaford College Headmaster John Green celebrates record-breaking GCSE results

Seaford College Holly Gyles and Hebe Clark celebrating their resultsSeaford College students have bucked the national trend in the decline in A* grades and are celebrating achieving their best ever A* GCSE results, leading to a record number of pupils heading into the Sixth Form.

Headmaster John Green said: “In addition to the best ever A* results at Seaford our impressive A*-C pass rate has increased to 82%. In a current environment of an undoubted toughening up of academic standards these results are particularly pleasing. Nationally the A*-C pass rate has declined by 1.3%. Our students are undoubtedly responding to an increasingly academically ambitious culture being fostered at Seaford, as evidenced by our best ever A* performance. Whatever their academic profile, these results give credence to our ethos that all of our pupils strive to achieve their personal bests, and looking at these results, we are so proud of each and every one of their accomplishments.”

John added: “We achieved a 95% A*-C result in English, which is simply phenomenal. Yet again we have bucked the national trend that saw the A*-C pass rate in English fall by 5.2% to 60.2%.”

To follow some of Seaford’s 2016 GCSE success stories, click on the links below:

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Joe Alexander – CLICK HERE

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Alex Cassar – CLICK HERE

Amelia Morris – CLICK HERE

Dannie Westcott – CLICK HERE

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Seaford College GCSE student William Morris celebrates 8A*s and 2As

Seaford College William Morris from Graffham gained 8 A-stars and 2 As with his mumSeaford College GCSE student William Morris is celebrating 8A*s and 2As.  William gained 2A*s in English Language and English Literature.  In addition to this success William gained a phenomenal 100% pass mark in his English Literature.

William said:  “I’m very pleased. There are none that I’m unhappy with. It was what I was hoping to get. I got 7A*s and 3As in my mocks and even that would have been good. For my mocks I hadn’t done as much revision – I really upped my game for the actual exams. I counted it all up and I probably did 250 hours in total. I did six 45-minute sessions a day when I had time off.

“I live in Graffham. I’m not a boarder. I’ll be doing Biology, Chemistry, Physics and History at A Level and I plan to go on to university after that. I found history really interesting at GCSE and I’ve found the sciences interesting since I was little. I’ve liked science since I was six, when I’d read all the time about dinosaurs, sharks and space, and that’s just grown over time. I was always much more into reading non-fiction.

“In terms of extra-curricular activities, I play the guitar, which I’ve been taught at school, and I’m part of the school shooting team.”

Mrs Morris: “We partly chose Seaford because it’s right on my doorstep. It’s a beautiful school, has a lovely feel about it, I was impressed when I first came to look around, the children seemed so happy here, and it was a natural step after going to Ballards. He joined in Year 9.

“We looked at other schools as well but we didn’t like their attitude towards academic students. I know my son and I know what kind of environment he would thrive in. Seaford is an environment he can push himself in, rather than always being pushed. I know he can get stressed in the wrong environment – it’s much better for him to stretch himself.

“He lost his father three years ago and his father always pressed upon William the importance of education, so part of his drive is a desire to make his Dad proud.

“He’s been a member of MENSA since he was nine. He isn’t naturally sporty, he isn’t naturally arty, but he is naturally academic. By the time he started Year 2  at Lancastrian School in Chichester, he had finished the Oxford Reading tree, so he’d read every book the school had.

“He wants to do a PhD eventually. He wants to be Dr William Morris. He wanted to be a vet for a very long time but the Head of Chemistry at Seaford, Mr Priest, wrote in his last report that once in a generation a child with Williams’s natural ability for chemistry comes along, so we he would like to nudge him towards doing a bio-chemistry degree at Oxford or Cambridge.”

William also undertook a sponsored 7km walk from Graffham to Cocking in memory of his father earlier in the year and raised £200 for the Macmillan Cancer Support palliative care unit in Midhurst and £200 for Cancer Research UK. All of the money was donated by the College’s staff and students.

Seaford College Continues to Succeed as Students Buck the National Trend and Celebrate their Best Ever A* GCSE Results

Seaford College celebrate best ever A-star results - Holly Gyles, Headmaster John Green and Zac HodsonSeaford College Ethan Speller celebrates his results with his teacher Mr FosterSeaford College Christopher Burrough celebrates with his parentsSeaford College Alex Cassar celebrates with his dadSeaford College William Morris from Graffham gained 8 A-stars and 2 As with his mumSeaford College Thomas Hennessy celebrating 7 A-stars and 3 AsSeaford College Holly Gyles and Hebe Clark celebrating their resultsSeaford College Christopher Burrough and Joseph Hill celebrate their resultsSeaford College Holly Gyles from Graffham celebrating 5 A-stars, 2 As and a BSeaford College students have bucked the national trend in the decline in A* grades and are celebrating achieving their best ever A* GCSE results, leading to a record number of pupils heading into the Sixth Form.  Headmaster John Green, who took up the post three years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “I’m very pleased with the progress and academic strategy we have put in place this year enabling all our students to achieve excellent results. Much of the success came from our local students.  Josef Amin, from Graffham, achieved 11 A*s, William Morris, from Graffham, achieved 8A*s and 2As, Holly Gyles, from Graffham, gained 5A*s, 2As and a B, George Limpus, from Graffham gained 2A*s, 6As and an B, Thomas Hennessy, from Cranleigh, achieved 7A*s and 3As, Christopher Burrough, from Kings Langley achieved 4A*, 4As and 2Bs, Jonathan Davies, from Haslemere gained 5A*s, 2As and a B, Zachary Hodson, from Arundel gained 2A*s and 7As, Joseph Hill from East Dean achieved 3A*s, 2As and 2Bs, Oscar Quigley from Plumpton near Lewes gained an A* and 9As and Archie Gammon achieved 2A*s, 7As and a B.  We look forward to welcoming back a record number of students in September into the Sixth Form and wish them every success with their studies at Seaford.

“In addition to the best ever A* results at Seaford our impressive A*-C pass rate has increased to 82%.  In a current environment of an undoubted toughening up of academic standards these results are particularly pleasing.  Nationally the A*-C pass rate has declined by 1.3%. Our students are undoubtedly responding to an increasingly academically ambi-tious culture being fostered at Seaford, as evidenced by our best ever A* performance. Whatever their academic profile, these results give credence to our ethos that all of our pupils strive to achieve their personal bests, and looking at these results, we are so proud of each and every one of their accomplishments.”

John added: “We achieved a 95% A*-C result in English, which is simply phenomenal. Yet again we have bucked the national trend that saw the A*-C pass rate in English fall by 5.2% to 60.2%.”   John Doy, Head of English, said: “I’m delighted by our latest sets of results in English and English Literature, which are testament to the hard work of the students and all the members of the English department here at Seaford.” Fourteen students achieved 2 A*s in English Language and English Literature including Thomas Hennessy, William Morris and Zac Hodson who all achieved 100% in English Literature.

John Green added: “Our Challenge Grade reports published at regular intervals have created a dialogue between tutors and students around striving for success, whilst strong pastoral care and a caring and happy environment undoubtedly lays the foundation for such success.

“We are hugely excited by the point our students have reached in their educational journey, particularly as we look forward to them embarking on their bespoke Learning Pathways, taking into account alternative modes of assessment on offer for Sixth Form study at Seaford.”

Seaford offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition & success is part of its DNA.

Seaford College enjoys 2016 A Level success

Seaford College pupil Alex Hodson, Headmaster John Green and Head Girl Emma Brown WEB 2Seaford College Headmaster John Green would like to congratulate all of the students at Seaford for their superb A Level results. Mr Green said: “All of our students are hard-working and committed, which has led to their success. I believe in our students achieving their personal bests, both inside and outside of the classroom – that is where Seaford is unique. Many thanks to all of our staff for their unfailing energy, enthusiasm and expertise.

“We have a reputation as a successful school in Sussex which is down to the hard work and dedication of students, staff and supportive parents. I wish all of our Year 13 pupils every success in their future endeavours.”

To follow some of Seaford’s 2016 A Level success stories, click on the links below:

Emma Brown – CLICK HERE

Alex Hodson – CLICK HERE

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Gabriella Venables-Kyrke – CLICK HERE

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Sam Horne – CLICK HERE

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Seaford College celebrates the highest percentage of pupils ever to gain entry into their first choice university

Seaford College Head Girl Emma Brown, Gabriella Venables-Kyrke, Headmaster John Green, Greg Firth and Alex Hodson WEBSeaford College pupil India Mac Nally celebrating WEBSeaford College Head Girl Emma Brown, from Coates, celebrates with her mum WEBSeagord College pupil Hudson Greig, winner of the Peacock Poetry Prize at this year's Brighton Festival WEBSeaford College’s pupils celebrate their personal bests with an increased number of A* grades achieved despite an undoubted national increase in academic rigour, and with the highest percentage ever in the College’s recent history achieving their first choice university places.

Pupils in Business Studies achieved 90% A*-B grades, and in English Literature 80% A*-B. Seaford’s new Creative Writing course also achieved 80% A*-B, with Hudson Greig (from Guildford) achieving an A* grade on top of having also won first prize at the Brighton Arts Festival Peacock Poetry Prize earlier in the summer. Other notable successes include Emma Brown, Head Girl (from Coates), who secured an A* in Psychology, and A grades in Maths and Physics, and goes on to read psychology at Bath University. Alex Hodson (from Arundel) achieved four A grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics  and will read medicine at Edinburgh University, and Lydia Ellwand (from Fittleworth) also achieved three A* grades in English Literature, Creative Writing and Graphic Design, and joins Falmouth University in September.

This year’s results, considering the proud inclusive and non-selective ethos of Seaford, show that Seaford pupils are rising to the challenge and fulfilling their academic potential, on top of their other notable successes achieved over the course of the year in fields including Music, Drama and Sport.

Headmaster John Green said: “Our pupils are increasingly ambitious in all aspects of their education, and we are immensely proud of all aspects of their achievements across our diverse curriculum. Seaford remains a proud, inclusive and non-selective school, and the results this year demonstrate the undoubted strengthening of the academic core at the school.”

Seaford offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition & success is part of its DNA.

To read more about Seaford’s 2016 A Level successes, please follow this link.

Seaford College athletes perform magnificently during the summer term

Seaford College at Sussex Schools and Field Championship 2016 K2 Crawley - (l-r) Caelan Stanton, Tom Page, Ashley Goodwin Seaford College athletics relay team record 2016 (l-r) Rupert Blackwell, Ash Goodwin, Charlie Newman, Isaac KilroySeaford College’s athletes performed fantastically this summer, often beating far bigger schools than ourselves. Our Junior boys’ (JB) team was certainly the team of the term, remaining undefeated throughout, and the Junior boys’ relay team was also unbeaten all term.

The season started with a six-school meeting at Charterhouse. Both our Inter boys’ (IB) and Junior boys’ teams were victorious, and the Seniors came a respectable fourth. We recorded some fine individual wins, including Hugo Squires in the SB 200m and Dom Easton the IB 400m, and also came first in the relay. In the Juniors, our winners were: Ash Goodwin in the 100m and 200m, George Newton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin, and Max Harding in the discus, with the relay team again victorious.

Next came the West Sussex West championship at Portsmouth, where a record number of Seaford pupils – 32 –qualified for the Sussex championships in June. Our strong Junior boys and girls teams won overall and there were some fantastic individual performances: in the Seniors, Hugo Squires won the 100m, Tom Cowan the 800m, Max Newton the shot, Elliott Quinton the discus, and Callum Loeffen-Ames the javelin.

There were also victories for the Inter boys’ – Otis Jackson (200m) and Simon Ward (javelin) – and Junior boys’ teams: Tom Page (800m), George Newton (shot), Rupert Blackwell (javelin), Archie Rees (hurdles) and Charlie Newman (triple jump), and a team of Newman, Kilroy, Blackwell and Goodwin won the relay, breaking the school record in the process. In the girls’ team, Martha Crosdil won the 100m, Xenia Truman the 800m, and Olivia McDonald the 1500m – the latter breaking the school record as well.

Next was a boys’ and girls’ meet at Eastbourne against Eastbourne, Hurst, Ardingly and Worth. Again we performed strongly, winning all three boys’ age groups and coming second in two of the girls’ age groups. “For us to dominate such good opposition across all ages was inspiring,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics.

The boys next took on Hurst, Worth and Eastbourne at Hurst. Our Senior and Junior teams were victorious and we came second in the Inter age group. There were some notable performances: in the Senior section Tom Cowan won the 800m and remained unbeaten for the term.

Later in the term, the Inters and Juniors combined as a team and took on Charterhouse and Cranleigh. We dominated the match, winning all but two events.

Next came the Sussex Championships at Crawley, in which we won more medals than ever before, including three golds and Sussex county champions: Caelan Stanton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin (maintaining his unbeaten record for the season, and Ashley Goodwin 200m.

Our silver medallists that day were: Charlotte Reading (800m), Olivia McDonald (1500m, breaking her own school record), Will Newman (high jump), Joe Spiby (discus), George Newton (shot), and Dom Easton, Mike Logan and Otis Jackson (all in the relay). Bronze-medal winners: Tom Page (800m, setting a new school record, his target all term), Max Newton (shot), Archie Rees (hurdles), Xenia Truman (800m), Alosie Nkwocha (triple jump) and Araminta Reed (relay).


End of season awards:

Senior athlete of year – Tom Cowan

Most improved Senior athlete – Hugo Squires

Year 11/U16 athlete of the year – Michael Logan

Most improved Year 11/U16 athlete – Otis Jackson-Marijnissen

Year 10/U15 athlete of year – Dom Easton

Most improved Year 10/U15 athlete – Josh Harry

Year 9/U14 athletes of year – Tom Page and Ashley Goodwin

Most improved Year 9/U14 athletes – Rupert Blackwell and Caelan Stanton

Seaford College stages entertaining sports day

Seaford College 2016 Sports Day 1Seaford College 2016 Sports Day 2Seaford College 2016 Sports Day 3Seaford College enjoyed a very successful sports day that featured some fantastic performances and extremely close contests. The points were tallied throughout the afternoon and Charmandean house came out on top above last year’s winners, Adair.

We have some very strong and promising young athletes coming through the school, with the junior Victorludorum and Charmandean captain, Ash Goodwin, winning several events. The junior Victrixludorum was Martha Crosdil, also from Charmandean. These are the two junior athletes who scored the most points for their house.

Year 9 pupil Tom Page broke the school 1500m record and Xenia Truman, also in Year 9, set a new Seaford triple jump record.

“It was lovely to see so many seniors in attendance, many of whom had already finished their studies and exams,” said Georgie Sims, Head of Charmandean house. “Reuben Truman was the senior Victorludorum and Rosey Grant was the senior Victrixludorum, both of whom won several events.”

Seaford College Head of Girls’ Games Emma Teague represents England at Hockey Masters tournament

Seaford College Head of Girls’ Games Emma Teague - England Hockey MastersSeaford College’s Head of Girls’ Games, Emma Teague, has just returned from representing England at the Hockey Masters Over-40s tournament in Edinburgh. She scored two goals in the opening game to help her side to a 3-0 over Wales. The England team went on to lose 1-0 to Ireland, before defeating Scotland 2-0 to secure the runners-up spot in the tournament.

“I have now returned to work for a rest!” said Miss Teague.

Seaford College U14s cricket team lose Sussex County Cup Final to Bede’s

Lord's Taverners U14s cricket - Seaford College v Bede's 7Lord's Taverners U14s cricket - Seaford College v Bede's 2Lord's Taverners U14s cricket - Seaford College v Bede's 4Seaford College U14s cricket team took on Bede’s last Thursday in the Sussex County Cup Final at St James’s Montefiore Cricket Club in Ditchling, East Sussex.

Bede’s won the toss and put Seaford into bat in the T20 contest. After a delayed start, the sun came out to create beautiful batting conditions and we reached 82 off our 20 overs.

Seaford’s bowlers started very well, with Ben Gregory and George Lock taking an early wicket apiece to put Bede’s on 8-2 in the second over. As the rain began to fall, sadly the Bede’s wickets didn’t follow suit as they moved to 28-2 off the first five overs. Seaford’s Thorneley and Gillespie were charged with the task of turning things around, but Bede’s eventually ran out winners by seven wickets.

“Seaford battled hard but sadly we couldn’t defend the modest total of 82 runs,” said Dan Joseph, Head of Cricket.


Seaford College participates in Erasmus+ languages project

Seaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 3 - inside L'église Sainte-Jeanne-d'ArcSeaford College Erasmus+ Santander 7Seaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 1 - Le Gros HorlogeSeaford College Erasmus+ Santander 6Seaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 4 - Le patisserieSeaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 9 - eating with our host familyErasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Many of the initiatives are based on opportunities for students and recent graduates, but funding is also available to help teachers, lecturers and non-academic staff develop their skills in schools, universities, colleges and adult education environments around Europe – through job shadowing, teaching and training activities.

After two years of trying, Seaford College secured a grant of more than €60,000 from the British Council which, over the next two years, will allow teachers from a variety of departments to spend one or two weeks in Santander in Spain or Rouen in France.

Our project aims, thanks to this funding, are to raise the profile of modern foreign languages (MFL) and attainment within our school, to increase the confidence of teachers from all departments regarding MFL, to increase pupil aspirations, and to create more cross-curricular links through languages.

During Easter and June 2016, the first few Seaford College teachers went to Santander and Rouen. During their time away, these teachers went on language courses tailored to their needs, visited local schools with the aim of forging long-term links with them, went on cultural visits, and had the opportunity to meet with teachers from other British schools to discuss their project and share experiences.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for our school,” said MFL teacher Helene Martin, who is overseeing the project. “Everyone has come back full of enthusiasm and ready to organise projects and activities that will benefit everyone at Seaford College.”

Several activities are planned for the new academic year and others are already taking place. For example, some of our pupils have taken videos of Seaford and have sent these to our partner school in Santander, which will reciprocate. We are hoping that these links will develop into potential exchanges and we are also planning on involving local primary schools in the project over the next academic year. With more teachers going on visits during the next few months, the amount of activities linked to our Erasmus projects will gradually increase.

Seaford College alumnus Felicity Lloyd-Coombes returns to school to host ceramics workshop

Felicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 07 3A3A8561 webFelicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 01 3A3A8364 WEBFelicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 08 3A3A8478 webFelicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 11 3A3A8462 webFelicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 03 3A3A8445 webFelicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 09 3A3A8494 webSeaford College alumnus Felicity Lloyd-Coombes visited the school’s art department last Friday for a ceramic workshop. Felicity is now a professional ceramic artist and spent a productive day with our Year 10/12 3D Design pupils.

“Felicity shared her passion for ceramics with GCSE students as she demonstrated her sculptural skills and techniques,” said 3D Design teacher Miss Wiggin, who organised the session. “Felicity works with a unique hand-building method using paper clay over a chicken wire frame. Each pupil successfully sculpted a 3D clay hare, which they were all very proud of. It was wonderful to see the different personalities of the hare sculptures develop over the course of the day.”

The pupils based their work on one of Felicity’s reclining hares and followed a step-by-step demonstration. She assisted each of them individually as they worked, using pliers to manipulate the wire and wooden skewers to support the long ears as they dried. Paper clay is a mixture of clay and paper pulp that creates a wonderful texture and is surprisingly light when fired.

The pupils then cut back into their hare sculptures to make the slits for the eyes with scissors, with some of them feeling apprehensive as they didn’t want to ruin their pieces. The work will take at least four weeks to dry out before it is fired. Students will then use glaze and oxide to decorate their pieces.

Felicity defines the structure of muscles and bones in her work accurately, although pupils were encouraged to exaggerate the feet and ears of their hare, and she spends a lot of time observing British animals at first-hand.

She recognised some of her old teachers around the school, where she used to be a boarder, and enjoyed looking around the school site and seeing all of the changes that have occurred since her time studying here.

“Felicity made it look very easy!” said Miss Wiggin. “She was very encouraging and positive in her approach, and the pupils were very proud of their work and asked to take their hares home on the day! All the students achieved an excellent result that will count towards their 3D Design coursework.”

For more information about Felicity’s work, please visit

2016 Seaford College Speech and Prize Giving event is a great success

Seaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 3 - senior and middle school prize winnersSeaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 6 - Shola KayeSeaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 13 - marqueeSeaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 12 - marqueeSeaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 9 - choirSeaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 7 - Emma Brown, Head GirlSeaford College 2016 Speech Day prize giving 8 - Jack Jamieson, Head BoyThe 2016 Seaford College Speech & Prize Giving on Saturday morning was a great success. Staged for the first time in a grand marquee in the school’s grounds, the event included addresses by the Headmaster, Chairman of Governors, Head Girl and Head Boy, student athletes and musicians, and special guest Shola Kaye.

In his introductory speech, Headmaster John Green looked back with pride on his first three years in the post, as well as looking ahead with excitement to Seaford’s future. He began his address – which included quotes from Benjamin Franklin, David Brent, Muhammad Ali, Yeats and Yoda – by noting that the school recently achieved the best A*-B GCSE results and the highest percentage of leavers attending the top Russell Group universities in its history.

Mr Green went on to stress that rather than being a “conveyor belt hot house”, Seaford is somewhere that focuses on pupils instead of statistics, in order to produce students who are dynamic, ambitious, well-rounded and determined. The results of this ethos are record pupil numbers and waiting lists in most year groups. Mr Green then proceeded to say a fond farewell to departing pupils and staff members, and a heartfelt thank you to Seaford’s support staff, before outlining exciting future developments, such as the new sports hall/creative arts centre extension.

Head Girl Emma Brown and Head Boy Jack Jamieson each talked eloquently and movingly about what Seaford meant to them, with both commenting on the importance of overcoming self-doubt, and expressing gratitude for the many ways in which the school had helped them.

Emma talked of her pride in being part of a school that gives pupils the opportunity to discover what they’re capable of in all aspects of life, giving special mention to Seaford’s incredible sporting achievements for a school of its size. She spoke with real feeling about how Seaford provides a nurturing environment that produces pupils “who are ready to tackle the real world”.

Jack Jamieson then spoke charmingly about the ways in which the school had moulded him since he joined in Year 7. He focused on the importance of enthusiasm, aspirations and determination, and described how the opportunities Seaford had presented him with had given him self-confidence and allowed him to reach his potential.

Guest speaker Shola Kaye was also very well received. Shola is a foster child who went on to study at Cambridge University and then embark on a successful career as a research scientist, before returning to her first love and becoming a professional singer.

Her delivery was engaging and her speech was relevant to the Seaford community, containing simple and sound advice spoken from the heart. Her stage presence was tremendous and she came across as sincere and confident, with a gentle and engaging approach.

The 1,200-strong crowd of pupils, parents, staff and governors had already sat through a number of speeches, but Shola managed to win the audience over beautifully. She stayed on for the picnic lunch and happily socialised with governors, parents and pupils.

As one year comes to a close, the Seaford community is already looking forward to the next academic year and what it brings for Speech Day 2017. Ad alta!

Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team enjoys great day in Felbridge

Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team in FelbridgeThe Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team had a great day at the Felbridge Show Ground near East Grinstead last Sunday. Consisting of Emily Cook, Abigail Jupp and Lauren Goldsmith (pictured, all standing), the team came second in the 50cm class, qualifying for the Regionals for the second time this year. Emily came second individually after a very speedy jump off round.

The team then rode brilliantly to come second again in the higher 60cm class, also qualifying at this height for the Regional Championships in November. Cheam came first, with Hurst, Farlington and Dorset House taking the lower placings.

“It was a pleasing result!” said Lucy Sanders, Seaford College Equestrian Team Manager.

Seaford College team completes Round The Island cycle route

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - back at the ferry terminalA group of seven participants from Seaford College set off early on Sunday morning to complete the annual Round The Island bike event on the Isle of Wight. Starting from Ryde, the route is a 100km anti-clockwise lap of the island, sticking as much as possible to back roads.

“In the morning we were blessed with good weather and although we took a couple of wrong turns leaving Ryde, there was little to hold us up as we made our way through Cowes and on towards Yarmouth,” said houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who organised the day. “Although undulating, the north of the Isle of Wight is not too hilly and with little wind we made good time, arriving at our lunch destination in Freshwater Bay just before 1pm.

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - bridleway into Freshwater Bay“From Freshwater Bay, the first of the day’s climbs began. Taking on a decent amount of fuel helped us as we powered our way up the old military road heading east towards Ventnor. Another climb at Blackgang Chine, just outside Ventnor, proved the most demanding of the day, especially as by this stage the weather had changed and the rain was coming down. We still had more than 30km of cycling left and the mist was down, the rain was persistent and lunch seemed a long time ago.

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - Ryan Gregory riding up Blackgang Chine“From the top of Blackgang Chine we were rewarded with a long steady decent. A quick pitstop at a shop in Ventnor allowed us the opportunity to take on more fuel and this gave us the motivation to power on through to the finish.

“Arriving back in Ryde in time for the 4.45pm ferry, although tired, we were all incredibly proud of our achievement. We look forward to the next event – the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July!”

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - views on road from Freshwater Bay

Seaford College Prep School stages rousing performance of musical Annie

Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 5Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 1Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 7Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 9Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 10Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 11In May, Seaford College Prep School gave a rousing performance of Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. For two nights the College assembly hall resounded with the show’s hit songs, such as Tomorrow, It’s the Hard Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile. The young cast did a great job of bringing to life this heartwarming story of orphan Annie and her eventual adoption by ‘Daddy’ Warbucks, based on the 1930s American cartoon strip by Harold Gray.

Charlotte Cragg was outstanding in the title role, finding just the right balance of pathos and humour as well as beautifully performing some of the show’s most famous songs. The other orphans were played by Lauren Goldsmith, Ellie Clarke, Nia Burkinshaw, Amy Styles, Saskia Hodder and Erin Harte, all of whom really brought the stage to life with their song and dance numbers.

Sam Brown made his debut Seaford performance as Oliver Warbucks, the busy industrialist who opens his home and heart to little orphan Annie. For such a young performer he captured the role with great sensitivity, creating some lovely poignant moments in his duets with Charlotte.

The dastardly Rooster Hannigan and Lily St Regis were played to great effect by Nick Easton and Tilly Woodford, with Lottie Hubbard excelling as the more saintly Grace Farrell. The gloriously wicked Miss Hannigan was given a most accomplished performance by Cameron Cragg, who fully exploited the comedic potential of the role throughout the show.

These were all supported by an excellent ensemble cast including Henry Grantham-Smith, Lee Soar, Adam Horstman, Archie Fletcher, Jonny Green, Lewis Reeks, Charlotte Cassar, Helena Mitchinson, Maddie Chandler, Imi Guimaraens, Ned Price, Joe Harrison, Patch Joynson, Rafe Nisbet, Elliot Emslie, Lucy Jackson and Rubee Bracewell; and stage-hands Harry McMorran, Archie Sleeman, Christian Gillingham, Harry Thompson and Eddie Cooper.

Director Dr Jane Askew said: “The show was a lot of fun to work on. The children were very committed to learning their songs and their lines, and seemed to really enjoy learning the dance routines with me as well. We had lots of warm and congratulatory feedback from the audiences, so the cast can be very proud of their achievements.”

Seaford College Year 9 athletics team wins at Charterhouse to remain unbeaten for the season

Seaford College athletics relay team record 2016 (l-r) Rupert Blackwell, Ash Goodwin, Charlie Newman, Isaac KilroySeaford College’s Year 9 athletics team won its meeting at Charterhouse last week and so remains unbeaten for the season.

“There were some really excellent performances,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics. “Rupert Blackwell missed the school javelin record by just 1cm! The relay team of Rupert Blackwell, Ash Goodwin, Charlie Newman and Isaac Kilroy then went on to beat the College record by two-tenths of a second.”

The school’s Junior Boys’ athletics team had already beaten Hurst (twice), Eastbourne (twice), Worth, Ardingly, Cranleigh, Wellington, Brighton and RGS Guildford this term, and Rupert Blackwell has won every javelin event of the season.

Seaford College Combined Cadet Force receives Biennial Inspection

CCF Biennial Inspection Day 2016 3CCF Biennial Inspection Day 2016 6CCF Biennial Inspection Day 2016 8CCF Biennial Inspection Day 2016 7Every two years CCFs are inspected by the MOD to ensure they are fulfilling their remit ‘to provide a disciplined organisation within a school so that young people may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, team work, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community’. Seaford College CCF was inspected by a senior RAF Officer and his team on 11 May 2016.

Maj Andrew Plewes RM, CCF Contingent Commander, said: “My main effort was to demonstrate what training normally goes on in the CCF here at Seaford. There is really no reason to make it too complicated or big by involving organisations from outside the school because that is not what normally happens. We have not taken time out of the programme to rehearse for the inspection, we have just treated this as a day of quality training.”

The day started with a formal parade, which gave the Reviewing Officer (RO) the opportunity to talk to the cadets about their experiences in the CCF. Then after lunch there were a series of training activities that the RO was able to observe, including Camouflage and Concealment, a Personal Role Radio ‘assault course’, Fire and Manoeuvre, a Principles of Flight demonstration, some air rifle shooting, Command Tasks and two-man shelter building.

The day finished with a final address by the RO. He said that he was very impressed with what he had seen. His main message was that cadets should grasp the opportunities that the CCF can provide as “the more you put in to your time with the CCF, the more you will get out”.

Seaford College athletes enjoy successful day at Sussex Schools Track and Field Championship

Seaford College at Sussex Schools Track & Field Championship 2016 K2 Crawley webLast weekend, Seaford College athletes enjoyed their most successful day at the Sussex Schools Track & Field Championship in more than a decade. The school took 32 athletes to the event, held at the K2 Leisure Centre at Crawley, and won 17 medals, more than ever before. Two school records were also broken.

“Sussex is a big county and we are a relatively small school, so to win this amount of medals – better than Eastbourne’s, Brighton’s and Hurst’s hauls – is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics at Seaford. “I was incredibly proud and it’s a privilege to be involved with such talented youngsters, especially our Year 9s. Emma Teague, Head of Girls’ Athletics, and I were so pleased for them. It was a very happy day.”

Seaford picked up three gold medals in total – our Sussex county champions are: Caelan Stanton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin, and Ashley Goodwin in the 200m (all pictured above). Rupert remains unbeaten this season.

Silvers medals were won by: Charlotte Reading in the 800m, Olivia McDonald in the 1,500m (beating her own school record in the process), Will Newman in the high jump, Joe Spiby in the discus, George Newton in the shot, and Dom Easton, Mike Logan and Otis Jackson in the relay.

Tom Page broke his own 800m school record on his way to winning a bronze medal. The other Seaford pupils to win bronze were: Max Newton (shot), Archie Rees (hurdles), Xenia Truman (800m), Alosie Nkwocha (triple jump) and Araminta Reed (relay).

Seaford College holds annual choir dinner

Seaford College choir annual dinner - Beci Eden and Robbie StewardThe Seaford College annual choir dinner brings Junior, Senior and Chapel Choirs together for a celebration of all their hard work throughout the year. This year we returned to a black-tie dress code and enjoyed a magnificent dinner in Mansion with more than 60 students from the Prep and Senior schools.

Each table composed a song during dinner and awards for head choristers were handed out, after which Beci Eden made a heartfelt speech and Robbie Steward and Ellie Baker gave the toast. Endeavour awards for hard work were given to Sam Hall, Jaime Pardey, Freddie Hall and Madeline Chandler.

Senior choristers then enjoyed hours of fun with a karaoke session in the recital room.

Seaford College Year 10 pupils take part in CCF field day at RAF Odiham

Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 5Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 3Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 4Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 121 Year 10 pupils from the RAF section of Seaford College’s CCF recently spent an enjoyable day at RAF Odiham, home to the most distinctive of helicopters – the Chinook. The cadets had a guided tour around a Chinook, learning about the aircraft’s history and how it operates, each taking a turn to sit in the pilot’s seat.

The students then listened to an informative talk in the armoury about the vast array of weapons used by the RAF. They learnt entertaining facts, such as the need for a new shorter rifle becoming apparent when soldiers kept falling over as they collided with door frames while attempting house clearances.

“Lastly came the highlight of the day: a flight in a Chinook,” said Augusta Pitteway, CCF Pilot Officer. “We were all kitted out with helmets and climbed on board for a half-hour flight. The cadets all had a fantastic time and we look forward to making this an annual visit.”

Seaford College Year 13 pupil Hudson Greig wins poetry prize

Seaford College pupil Hudson Greig wins Peacock Poetry PrizeWe are very pleased to announce that Hudson Greig, a Year 13 student at Seaford College, has been awarded the Peacock Poetry Prize, part of the 50th Brighton Festival.

Entrants were asked to write on the theme of ‘Celebration’ and Hudson’s poem Anniversary, which you can read below, won him a place in the finals on 26 May. At the final Hudson performed his poem in front of a large audience along with the other finalists, and we are delighted that he was awarded the overall prize by judge and professional performance poet, Dean Atta.

Hudson has developed his writing skills through the school’s Creative Writing A Level course and is hoping to read English and History at Queen’s Belfast. We also hope he continues to write creatively and wish him every success in the future.


Anniversary // Lavender

Breath in.

Red face, eyes wide, cheeks ready to burst.

Breath out.

Ten smoking candles, extinguished.

Streamers suspended from plastic barrels,

The air spiced with gunpowder.

Sticky fingers passing parcels.

Bitter-sweet; lemonade and cake.

Red rubber landmines, sugar-fuelled screams;

A helium chorus calling in The Anniversary

Of pain; love lost, and gained.


Breathe in.

Red face, eyes wide, chest ready to burst.

Breathe out.

Heart racing, resting, slowing


Spilled tea, perfumed grit; violet myrrh.

Sandy knees, salty face,

Compressed chest. Crushed sandcastles.

The ambulance couldn’t get this far.

Mother can taste the sea on his lips,

Taste his last lavender breath in the air;

Fading with the wind.


Breathe in.

Red face, eyes wide, stomach ready to burst.

Breathe out.


White light, curtain walls, crushed hands and nitrous screams.

A breath in. A breath out. A decade after,

And with a scream; I’m a father.


Breathe in.

Red face, eyes wide, tears ready to burst.

Breathe out.

A tiny hand finds its way into mine,

And I lift a smiling face to find

My father’s eyes.

Happy birthday. I love you. Both.