Decoding Bletchley Park Visit

A real Enigma MachineOn Thursday 2nd November Seaford College students, parents, and members of the public, enjoyed a real treat. We welcomed Tom Briggs, the Education Officer at Bletchley Park, for a talk in the Assembly Hall, Decoding Bletchley Park.

Tom brought a real enigma machine with him to Seaford College (in fact, the exact machine that had been used in The Imitation Game movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and he spoke to the audience about how the enigma machine worked, and the true nature of the task that faced the real codebreakers of Bletchley Park in World War II.

Students trying to break codes at Bletchley Park talkIt was a fantastic talk, and when Tom invited a volunteer to try encoding a message using the Enigma machine, Kitty Cooper gave it a go, with the help of her exceptionally eager assistant, Seaford’s Head of History, Mr Gisby (who practically ran down the stairs at the chance to be involved).

 

Kitty Cooper uses Enigma Machine Kitty, in Year 8, told us her thoughts on the evening.

“When we arrived there was a coded sheet we needed to break. It was quite hard! The talk was all about the code breaking work carried out at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Mr Briggs gave us a brief history of the house before telling us about the enigma coding machine. I was allowed to send a hello message using the same machine which was really cool. The whole evening was fascinating.”

Tom Briggs taking class at SeafordSeaford College was also honoured on the evening to have been graced with the presence of Commander Le Pass, who was on the HMS Petard when it sank the U-559 submarine and recovered a new style of Enigma cypher machine at the time, which had four wheels, which was a highly dangerous mission and provided the Allies with invaluable information.

What was particularly fantastic about the evening was the real mix of the audience, from the younger students at Seaford College, through to members of the public. The fascination with codebreaking, and what this meant for the war effort, was clear throughout.

Students in Tom Briggs Bletchley Park WorkshopTom returned to Seaford the following day for a couple of workshops with Seaford College students, looking at how maths can be used to help with codebreaking, and all the students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, particularly the chance to use the enigma machine at the end of the sessions, which you can see in our short video below!

 

Demystifying the Oxbridge process

John Doy - Director of Academic Performance and Enrichment

Our aim at Seaford is for every pupil to achieve their personal best. We welcome the academically gifted, as well as those who find the examination culture a challenge, and we’re very proud of the learning support we provide to all our pupils. On top of identifying and helping students with learning difficulties, we also believe it’s important to identify students with exceptional academic potential, and provide them with the support they need to fully stretch themselves.

This Sunday is the deadline for any Medicine, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications, and this year a number of Seaford College students are putting themselves forward.

John Doy is Seaford’s Head of Academic Performance and Enrichment, and has put in place a number of strategies to help stretch and motivate the academically gifted students here. One of those things is helping students with Oxbridge aspirations to learn more about the whole process, help them with applications, and prepare themselves for potential interviews.
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Headmaster John Green congratulates our GCSE students on their results

Josh Brown with Headmaster John GreenSeaford College Headmaster John Green would like to congratulate all of the students at Seaford for their superb GCSE results.

Mr Green said: “I’m pleased with the progress and academic strategy we have put in place this year enabling all our students to achieve excellent results. 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. Director of Pastoral Care & Welfare Diana Strange with Poppy the pastoral dog, Head of English Hayley Johnson, Headmaster John Green and Anya Omrod DavisMany thanks to all 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. We look forward to welcoming the highest number of Sixth Form students in Seaford’s history in the upcoming year, with not only a record number of returning students but a record number of new entrants.”

You can read some of the student stories from this year on our Facebook page. Follow the links below, and discover more about life at Seaford from the students’ perspective.

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Seaford College students buck the national trend with very strong GCSE results

Ellie Holt, Mrs White English Teacher, Jewel Konieczny, Dom Easton, Head of English Hayley Johnson & Nell Chadwick celebrating phenomenal English ResultsDespite pass rates falling by 0.6% nationally amid the biggest exam shake-up in a generation, Seaford College students have maintained the impressive A*-C pass rate. Headmaster John Green said: “In spite of the volatility of GCSE results that have been described as the ‘hardest since the 1980s O Levels’, we achieved an outstanding 56% A*-A in English Literature and 50% A*-A result in English Language with 99% A*-C in English Literature and a 95% A*-C result in English Language, which is simply phenomenal. An unprecedented forty-four pupils achieved an A*A in English Language and Literature with thirteen achieving 2 A*s.”

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Headmaster John Green congratulates our A Level students on their results

Seaford Students Ross Millen and Chris Colegate celebrate with Headmaster John Green and Computer Science teacher Dave CrooksSeaford College Headmaster John Green would like to congratulate all of the students at Seaford for their superb A Level results.

Mr Green said: “The number of our students gaining entry into their first choice university is at record levels. 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 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.”

You can read some of the student stories from this year on our Facebook page. Follow the links below, and discover more about life at Seaford from the students’ perspective.

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Record numbers of Seaford College Students are heading to Russell Group and 1st Choice Universities

The wonderful look of surprise when you've achieved A starsSeaford College is celebrating as its trend of increasing the number of students securing places at top Russell Group Universities continues.  This is a record breaking year for Russell Group and 1st choice universities.  Headmaster John Green, who took up the post four years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “Seaford College has seen an impressive increase in our A*-B and A*-C A Level results from last year.  Considering this is the first year of reverting back to the more traditional linear vs. modular testing, in most subjects, the results are even more impressive.”

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Seaford celebrates personal bests at Prize Giving Day

Speech Day Prize winnersSeaford College celebrated the end of the school year with the annual Speech and Prize Giving Day. 1,500 parents, students and staff Continue reading

Seaford Sixth form debate: Has democracy failed us?

Chris Burroughs chairing the debateA couple of weeks ago, the Sixth form held a debate at Assembly, centred around a single question: Has democracy failed us? An apt topic, considering the political upheaval currently embracing the country, and many others, around the world.

The debate was chaired by Chris Burroughs, and two other members of Seaford’s Debating Club, Peter Tutykhin and Tom Hennessy, took on the topic, trading thoughts on both sides of the argument in front of their peers. At the end of the debate the student audience cast their votes, in favour of Peter Tutykhin’s argument that democracy has not failed us. Continue reading

Children’s Author Ali Sparkes inspires Prep School pupils

Ali Sparkes reading to the Prep SchoolChildren’s author Ali Sparkes spent a whole day at the Prep School during the Spring term, inspiring the pupils to write stories of their own.

Ali’s first stand-alone novel, Frozen In Time, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2010 and her books, including the SWITCH series, have been translated into many languages from French to Japanese, Polish to Korean. Her books are pacy, funny reads, and this came across in two engaging presentations, one to Years 3, 4 and 5, and another to years 6, 7 and 8.

Ali really involved the pupils in the presentations. In her first talk she went into depth about how she became a writer, in a very interactive way, and in the second presentation she ran a Genius Quiz, to find out the potential child geniuses in the room, as the main character of her book, Carjacked was a child genius. To the horror of the teachers, she then repeated the exercise with them.

Ali Sparkes talking to the Prep School

 

After singing books for the pupils, Ali then ran a workshop with some of Seaford Prep School’s keenest young writers. She spoke about the importance of the cover, blurb and first line to get readers hooked. After asking the pupils to vote on the cover, blurb and first line of four of her books, she split them into teams. She challenged them to come up with their own story idea, and come up with a title, blurb and first line. She encouraged them to focus on gripping the reader from the start. They then voted on each others ideas, and the winner was Human Robot. But all teams came up with interesting concepts, especially given the amount of time to work on them.

Ali Sparkes takes a workshop with keen young Seaford writers

Ali was very impressed with the pupils, but had special praise for the winning idea. “The first line was very gripping, it really pulled you in, that’s why I voted for that one.”

Eleanor Jones, Seaford’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, thought that Ali was fantastic at inspiring the pupils. “I had read a couple of books of Ali’s and so was delighted to have her come and talk to all the pupils today, she was wonderful, as full of fun, suspense and excitement as her books, we laughed, we held our breath, we ‘ahhh’d ‘all the way through her readings…fantastic!”

Ali Sparkes signing books for Prep School pupils

 

Seaford’s scientists broaden knowledge before half term

Sixth Form Students at Physics LectureJust before half term, there was a flurry of activity in Seaford’s Science Department.

On Thursday evening a group of Sixth Form Physics students enjoyed a stimulating talk on black holes and galaxy formation at Sussex University delivered by Professor Peter Thomas. The students learned how the study of quasars and their associated radio jets provide strong evidence for the existence of supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies.

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Seaford students win Holocaust Educational Trust competition

Seaford students James Thompson and Tom HennessyHere at Seaford, we like to create a culture where older students can inspire younger students with their knowledge and the experiences they’ve had.

Last week, A Level students Tom Hennessy and James Thompson took a lesson with the whole of Year 9, to tell them about their experience visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. The two students had the humbling opportunity to visit there late last year after winning  Continue reading

The Silent Deep, Seaford’s annual History Society talk & dinner

silent-deep-1Seaford College hosted its annual History Society talk and dinner, with guest speakers Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks authors of a much lauded history of the Royal Submarine Service: “The Silent Deep”.

The evening was introduced by Seaford’s Head of History, James Gisby, who began by saying that history was about much more than just “the past” and that the evening promised to demonstrate to the assembled crowd of students, parents and interested local people that history is still occurring before our eyes.

Lord Hennessy began the presentation with a brief sketch outlining the genesis of the project, explaining that due to the sensitive nature of the submarine service’s operations, there was, before their book, a sizeable “gap” in British naval history where submarines were. This perhaps explains the “special fascination” that these craft and their operations have, not just for historians like himself but also many curious laymen, as evidenced by the attentive and appreciative faces before him.

He explained the “remarkable access” that he and Dr Jinks had enjoyed to previously forbidden territory, remarking however that the clear enjoyment he took from the research led his wife to suspect the whole thing was some kind of “extended jolly”. And this was perhaps the overriding message of the night, especially for the students: despite the fact that the speakers were discussing such terrifying concepts as the “letters of last resort”, they had an infectious enthusiasm for history and the stories they had to tell, which transcended the serious subject matter to make for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Dr Jinks then followed, giving a brief history of the submarine service from its beginnings on the “piratical fringe” to its current modern incarnation. Much of its modern history was of course concerned with Cold War intelligence gathering, and Dr Jinks’ talk was accompanied by some fascinating photographs of Russian military hardware taken by submarines in the 70s. He spoke also of the service’s involvement in the Falklands war, as well as offering some fascinating insights into the under ice warfare that characterised the 1980s as the Russian fleet retreated to the Arctic Circle.

seafords-gifted-talent-student-william-morris-asking-questionsThe question and answer session that followed raised some fascinating points with two very searching questions from Seaford students, Tom Hennessy (no relation) and William Morris. Tom had clearly done his homework, having read one of Lord Hennessy’s other books, questioning him on his personal views on nuclear retaliation while William asked about the safety measures aboard nuclear vessels. Both questions provoked well-considered and detailed responses from the panel.

The event was followed by a book-signing and dinner with many guests and students stocking up on some high-brow stocking fillers for the Christmas period.

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john-doy-james-jinks-breege-jinks-john-green-headmaster-peter-hennessy-james-gisbyJohn Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “The evening was a fascinating, if sometimes alarming, insight into what has gone on, and continues to go on, beneath the surface of the world’s oceans; we were all left feeling privileged to have glimpsed for a moment the secretive and compelling world of “The Silent Deep”. Many of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented students and the students on the Academic Enrichment Programme attended the talk and dinner and they enjoyed hearing Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks share their experience and expertise.”

 

James Gisby, Head of History added: “My vision for the evening was to inspire future historians with influential speakers who are experts in their fields.  This talk follows closely on the heels of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented conference for local schools and Seaford staff, making a link between the skills we teach and foster at Seaford, manifested in an authoritative work.  This is a key feature of providing extension of provision for the Gifted and Talented pupils.”

neil-franks-angela-azis-jonathan-claudia-golden-kate-lavender-tim-kate-wardle-andy-annette-henderson-from-petworth-festivalThe talk and dinner was supported by the Petworth Festival Literary Weekend. Festival Manager, Kate Wardle, and her colleagues attended the event and added: “Thank you very much indeed for a superb evening on Friday. We all enjoyed the talk and presentation enormously. Lord Hennessy and James were very knowledgeable people who could both speak eloquently and expertly on the subject, but from different points of view and with different emphasis. This made for an extremely interesting and informative evening. I don’t think many of us can imagine quite what it’s like to spend weeks on end under the sea without any daylight or realised quite how important the sub-mariners work is to our national security. Dinner was wonderful with a great atmosphere too. All the Festival team so enjoyed being guests at Seaford.”mr-mrs-venables-kyrke-major-laurence-bedford-sara-bedford-henry-bedford

Seaford College hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

photowebSeaford College hosted a large number of local primary and secondary schools this week at its inaugural Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner”. Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker spoke at the conference. Sue covered the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13. The key messages included ideas to help engage children to read for pleasure in an age where technology is so dominant. Sue said: “After the age of 7 research studies show that we learn new words from what we read, encouraging ‘Screenagers’ to read is a real challenge.” Sue discussed the importance of good teachers and highlighted that a passion for a subject along with good subject knowledge in secondary education is crucial for engaging the more able learner. Sue shared a checklist of characteristics of the more able learners and challenged the audience to make sure teaching allows for these characteristics to flourish:

Highly able learners:
• are curious
• continually ask questions
• have a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty
• have a recognition of and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of things
• are fascinated by, or passionate about, a particular subject or aspect of the curriculum
• determined and persistent
• can be perfectionists

Her main message was that schools should give children the opportunities to reveal their abilities so that talent can be identified. She then gave practical examples about how this can be achieved saying, “Ask unusual questions to prompt unusual answers and give students the chance to show exceptional qualities”. Examples of questions to ask included: What happens if I drop an ant? Do ideas have to be right to be valuable? Who is more corrupt – the person who gives bribes or takes bribes?

Rebecca Burns from Pennthorpe School said: “It was a superb event with fantastic ideas and real life examples to use in the classroom”. Malcombe Meaby, deputy head from Easebourne CofE Primary added: “The conference was fascinating and informative. I have lots of ideas that I’ll take away and share with my staff”. John Doy, Director of Seaford’s Academic Development said: “Sue is warm and engaging and her presentations always make you think.” Eleanor Jones, Seaford’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator added: “Sue is very inspiring and reenergises you. It has been a great conference for networking and sharing ideas between schools.”

John Green, Seaford’s Headmaster said: “Seaford is proud to be an inclusive school giving all pupils the opportunity to achieve their personal bests. Over the past three years our academic strategy has resulted in a very high number of incredibly able students joining the vibrant Seaford community.

The recent conference by Sue was inspirational and identified how to positively stretch our most able students both inside and outside of the classrooms. The strength of the Seaford community is that all our pupils have the self esteem to make the most of the vast opportunities and provision on offer – indeed our pupils succeed because they believe they can.”

Book Recommendation:
Sue made a book recommendation to help schools identify the able learner in the foundation years:
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Finding_Exploring.pdf

Further information about Sue Mordecai:
Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information: http://www.nace.co.uk

Year 13 student, Oliver Shone has an article published in the Guardian

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Year 13 pupil Oliver Shone has had his IGCSE English Language Writing Coursework published in the Guardian.  Pauline White, his English teacher said: “He wrote this piece for me when he was in Year 11.  It’s about his brother, Sebbie, who has Down’s Syndrome.  Ollie stopped me on the Chicken Walk to excitedly tell me the news, what a fantastic achievement.”  John Green, Headmaster added: “Incredible news, we are very proud of Ollie.”

Follow the link to read Oliver’s piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/07/brother-downs-syndrome-eradicate

Seaford hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

seaford-college-challenge-2Seaford College is hosting a Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner” on Tuesday 8th November.  Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker is speaking at the conference.  Sue will cover the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13.  All local schools are invited to attend the conference.

Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information, please email: ejones@seaford.org

Seaford College celebrates a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing

front-coverwebSeaford College is celebrating a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing.  John Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “Before taking on my new role this academic year I was the Head of the English Department and we decided to compile this book to celebrate and share the fantastic work our students produce. There are lots of great things about being an English Teacher, but there is nothing quite like reading the work of a student that completely stops you in your tracks. We hope the writing we have included here gives you a little taste of how wonderful, surprising and sometimes terrifying that moment can be – when the power of “a word after a word after a word” becomes real.
There are pieces here from some of our A Level Creative Writing students and also from pupils further down the school.
We would like to thank the Art Department for helping us to provide the images we have selected to accompany the writing. The names of the students who created the images you see can be found on the page opposite.
Enjoy!”

“A word after a word
after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood

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Seaford College’s Careers Evening – Media & PR

photo2webMartin Spurrier gave an enthusiastic presentation to students and parents at Seaford’s Careers Evening last night.  Martin’s story is fascinating and inspirational, and it provided a valuable insight into the world of PR and Marketing.

Martin had a fascinating career and travelled 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 engaged with the audience and explained the difference between PR and Marketing, he covered the sectors that pupils could go into and he demonstrated that there is a future in PR by showing the growth of the top PR companies in the world.  He discussed the changing world of PR with new technologies and covered the skills and attributes that you need to be successful in this field.

As part of the student and parent Q&A he advised that English is a good subject to study and it is essential to have a love of writing.  He also discussed the benefits of working in a small PR consultancy and a large PR consultancy as part of your career.

Heather Russell, Seaford College’s new Head of Careers said: “This is the first of many exciting talks planned for the year to help students make plans for their future careers.   I’d like to thank Martin for his time as it has given our students a great insight into the world of PR and Marketing.”

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.”

Josef Amin celebrates 11A*s at GCSE

Joseph  Amin at Meon Springs Fly Fishery IMG_1529Josef Amin (from Graffham) is celebrating gaining 11A*s at GCSE.  Joe is also celebrating completing his Silver DofE today.  Joe said: ”It’s been quite a day”.   He has celebrated with a fish and chip supper tonight with the Seaford students on the DofE trip.   He is looking forward to celebrating with his parents tomorrow and has asked his mum to make him sausage pasta to celebrate because he has been walking for 3 days!

We caught up with Joe and his mum about his fantastic results and life at Seaford:

Joe: “I’m in complete shock, I thought I’d done well but not this well. Seaford really helped me succeed by helping me manage and structure my time which meant I started my revision months before the exams.  I was shown how to devise a revision timetable that included having breaks which I really needed to help me focus.  The teachers were great and were very thorough.  We practised past papers and they really helped me with exam technique and timings.  I learnt how to efficiently use my time in exams.”

Mrs Amin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. It’s all very overwhelming.  Joe worked so hard and his results have completely blown us away.  He has taken it upon himself to work hard, we are very proud of what he has achieved.  My husband and I are looking forward to celebrating with Joe when he gets back tomorrow.

“At Seaford he has thrived with the extra-curricular activities and it has been good to see him have a balanced life where he can pursue his passions for the environment and his creative side in DT.  There is such a lot of pressure these day from society to get good results and I’m pleased Joe was able to manage his time and find a balance in life.

“He is a star! Joe has thrived on the diversity of what Seaford has to offer in terms of the sport and the other extra-curricular opportunities the school provides.“

Joe: “I play in the 1st XV and I like the competitive side of rugby, I enjoy the physicality of it.  You really bond with your team mates and I like rugby because it is challenging and requires skill.  I looked forward to my rugby sessions, it provided a break from studying.

“I have played tennis at Seaford on a Saturday and I also played a lot of tennis over the summer both at Graffham Tennis Club and at Seaford.  I played when I was revising to give me a break.

“I also enjoyed CCF at Seaford because it was physical and challenging and this led to do my DofE.  I want to do my Gold award next.  I have been volunteering at Botany Bay at Seaford for my DofE.  I have enjoyed it because I like the environment.  I also love fishing at Botany Bay and I have taken two training courses which means I can monitor the water quality and the invertebrates.  If there is a problem or signs of pollution I have the responsibility to let the Environment Agency know.

“I love angling and I’m on the talent pathway with the Angling Trust.    I’m really design orientated and I designed a stylish wading and landing net for my DT GCSE.  I loved designing it.

“In the sixth form at Seaford I’m going to study Physics, Maths, Biology and DT and I’d like to go on to do Maths and Science at University.  I’d like to go into science research, design, architecture and engineering”.

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:

Josef Amin – CLICK HERE

Holly Gyles – CLICK HERE

Thomas Hennessy – CLICK HERE

Zac Hodson – CLICK HERE

Joe Alexander – CLICK HERE

Hebe Clark – CLICK HERE

Alex Cassar – CLICK HERE

Amelia Morris – CLICK HERE

Dannie Westcott – CLICK HERE

Joseph Hill – CLICK HERE

Christopher Burrough – CLICK HERE

Ethan Speller – CLICK HERE

William Morris – CLICK HERE

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

Fredrika Helliker – CLICK HERE

Gabriella Venables-Kyrke – CLICK HERE

Greg Firth – CLICK HERE

Sam Horne – CLICK HERE

Hudson Greig – CLICK HERE

India MacNally – CLICK HERE

Lydia Ellwand – CLICK HERE

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 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.