Our students tell us what their A Level results mean to them

Headmaster John Green celebrating Seaford's best ever A Level results!Best Ever A Level Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers of students head for Russell Group and 1st Choice Universities.

John Green said, “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results this year, enabling our students to go onto to their chosen route on leaving the School. Seaford is a proud academically non-selective School and no matter what pathway our students have taken, they’ve met our academic expectations at all levels and achieved their best ever A Level & BTEC results.

We caught up with some of our 2018 A Level students when they came in to open their results and heard what they meant to them. To read their stories, click on the links below:

Nico Caines CLICK HERE
Alexander Cassar CLICK HERE
Tom Hennessy CLICK HERE
Joe Hill CLICK HERE
Zac Hodson CLICK HERE
Ylvali Koch CLICK HERE
Will Morris CLICK HERE
Winston Murrin CLICK HERE
Ruby Pritchard CLICK HERE
James Thompson CLICK HERE

Hear from some of our GCSE students about how they felt on Seaford’s record breaking results day

Seaford's Headmaster John Green celebrating our best ever GCSE Results!Best Ever GCSE Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers achieve top new grade 9 score!

John Green said, “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results for both GCSE and A Level. I am so proud of what we have achieved through teamwork with students, staff and parents. My academic strategy and culture of ambition is firmly embedded at all levels. The academic momentum and all-round ambition has seen success across every quartile; we have the best results across the board, from the academically gifted through to those that find the exam process a challenge.

We caught up with some of our 2018 GCSE students when they came in to open their results. To read their stories, click on the links below:

James Anderson CLICK HERE
Rupert Blackwell CLICK HERE
Amelia Farley CLICK HERE
Fliss Hitchcock CLICK HERE
Mariella Houweling CLICK HERE
Isaac Kilroy CLICK HERE
Aquilla Matafwali CLICK HERE
Isaac Mitchinson CLICK HERE
Charlie Newman CLICK HERE
Kaj Pothecary CLICK HERE
Francesca Richardson CLICK HERE
Caelan Stanton CLICK HERE
Xenia Truman CLICK HERE
Freddie Valmas CLICK HERE
Anna White CLICK HERE
Hugo Wilson CLICK HERE

Best Ever GCSE Results!

Hugs at Seaford with Fliss Hitchcock & Mariella HouwelingBest Ever GCSE Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers achieve top new grade 9 score!

Seaford College is once again celebrating as students achieve their best ever results, this week for GCSE. John Green took up his role as Headmaster 5 years ago and is seeing his successful strategy for the school pay dividends, with the best ever A Level and GCSE results. His focus on Academic Seaford, his restructuring of the school and the increased focus on ambition for all pupils has led to these superb results. John Green said, “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results for both GCSE and A Level. I am so proud of what we have achieved through teamwork with students, staff and parents. My academic strategy and culture of ambition is firmly embedded at all levels. The academic momentum and all-round ambition has seen success across every quartile; we have the best results across the board, from the academically gifted through to those that find the exam process a challenge.

Seaford's Headmaster John Green celebrating our best ever GCSE Results!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. Despite these superb academic achievements, Seaford has maintained its core ethos and these results were achieved in a non-pressurised environment where students have also excelled in extra-curricular pursuits alongside their studies. Most importantly these results have been achieved with a smile on our students’ faces, in a happy and supportive community.”Seaford students celebrated success across our broad curriculum.
Mariella Houwelling with Seaford's Headmaster John Green & Fliss HitchcockNotable GCSE successes are: Felicity Hitchcock (from Alton) achieved six 9s, two 8s, 7 & 6. Kaj Pothecary (from Graffham) secured five 9s, two 8s & three 7s. Tomas Urnes (from Liss) gained four 9s, four 8s & two 7s. Eleanor Harper-Colman (from Chichester) with three 9s, three 8s, three 7s & 5. Rupert Blackwell (from Liphook) achieved three 9s, two 8s, 7, two 6s & two 5s. Francesca Richardson (from West Ashling) gained three 9s, 8, three 7s, 6&5. Max Bracewell (from Rugwick) with three 9s, 8, two 7s, two 6s & 5. Sophia Plaar (from Midhurst) achieved two 9s, four 8s, two 7s & 6. May Schofield (from Emsworth) with two 9s, four 8s, 7,6 &5. Mariella Houweling (from Chichester) two 9s, two 8s & six 7s. Charlie Gyles (from Graffham) achieved two 9s, two 8s, two 7s, three 6s &5. Lucy Pearce (from Petworth) with two 9s, two 8s, 7 & four 6s. Hugo Wilson (from Godalming) gained two 9s, two 8s, three 5s and two 4s. Caelan Stanton (Bognor Regis) from achieved two 9s, 8, two 7s, two 6s, 5. Isaac Mitchinson (from Loxwood) secured two 9s, six 7s, 6&5.

John Green added, “My vision when I took on the role as Headmaster was to increase the academic ambition of Seaford and these results are testament to the personal ambition our students have. I believe that ambition pays off! I introduced Challenge Grades, a system that regularly updates students with their progress, and gives them a Challenge Grade for the end of their course. If students work hard and have the ambition to succeed, we support them in every way to achieve their results. We have a tutoring system that enables regular updates and support and a world-class level of pastoral care that enables our students to thrive and achieve.”

Seaford's Headmaster John Green celebrating with teachersJohn added, “The teaching staff at Seaford have gone the extra mile and this is reflected in these superb results. Students commented that, “you couldn’t have done any more to prepare us for our exams, you’ve given us everything, it’s now down to us,” and this filled me with great confidence for both results days. Students have benefited from revision seminars, an extensive revision programme, a mock exam process and true wrap-around care.”

John Green said, “We’ve seen superb results across all subjects. English Language and English Literature have achieved phenomenal grade 9 results, bucking the national trend. English Language achieved 19% grade 9, and 23% Grade 8, with 42% of our students achieving the equivalent of what was the old A* grade in English. Impressively, 85% of students achieved 9-6 (A*-B) in English Language.” For English Literature we achieved 24% grade 9, and 15% grade 8, with 39% of our students achieving the equivalent of what was the old A* grade, with 77% of our students achieving English grades 9-6 (A*-B). For individual sciences we achieved 33% Grade 9, 44% Grade 8, which means 77% aSeaford's Head of English Hayley Johnson celebrating with her teamchieved what was the equivalent of the old A* grade with 100% achieving grades 9-6 (A*-B). When you take into account that the national average this year for students achieving grade 9 is 4.3% we have excelled and once again bucked the national trend.”

Head ofSeaford's Head of English Hayley Johnson (left) couldn't stop smiling today! English, Hayley Johnson couldn’t stop smiling today and said, “I didn’t think we could better the results from last year! This is down to a dedicated hardworking team and the hard work and ambition of students. The school culture of learning and the excellent pastoral support across the school is world-class.”
Ameila Farley celebrating with Head of Year 11 Joe FollowsJoe Follows, Director of Sixth Form (previously Head of Year 10 &11 for this GCSE cohort) proudly said: “Having supported the students through the entire GCSE process from the start of Year 10 right through to ‘the brown envelope moment’ that I quoted in my first assembly with them, I am absolutely thrilled to see the results of all the hard work the students and staff have put in. My tutors and I have ensured that the students have had clear aims and challenge grades throughout. We have been supportive in all their academicSeaford's Head of Year 11 Joe Follows celebrating Seaford's best ever GCSE Results lessons, whilst maintaining the wide variety of extra-curricular activities offered! I’m so proud, I couldn’t be happier today and excited for the next two years in Sixth Form.”

John Green added, “We take care and time to consider and support each and every pupil as an individual, which is at the heart of Seaford’s ethos both inside and outside of the classroom. We place immense value on the fact that our students across the ability range have coped with the increasing demands of the more rigorous new GCSE courses, and have done so whilst excelling as much outside of the classroom as they have within. They can all look forwards to Sixth Form with a real sense of ambition and purpose.

“We’ve seen a 35% increase in student number in the past 5 years and we now have waiting lists for all year groups. Seaford is attracting students from prestigious Prep Schools in the area and these results will further cement Seaford as the potential first choice school in the area.

“Seaford’s ethos is personal bests for every child and we have various strategies to achieve this. We carefully advise Seaford students when they come into Year 9 on the best combination of GCSE subjects for them. We then advise them again in Year 12 on the best pathway at Sixth Form. At this stage, this could be an academic pathway of purely A Levels, a vocational pathway with BTECs or a combination of the two. We want our students to get their personal bests whichever pathway they have followed, and we have also seen our best ever results for our Sixth Form students last week on results day. Seaford is proud to offer A Levels and BTECs and has a variety of different students in our community.”

Rupert Blackwell with Seaford's Director of Sport Liam DoublerHeadmaster John Green concluded, “Our pupils are increasingly ambitious in all aspects of their education, and we are immensely proud of all of their achievements across our diverse curriculum. The superb results this year demonstrate the undoubted strengthening academic core at the school.”

 

 

 

Seaford College offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition and success is part of its DNA.Fliss Hitchcock & her mum celebrating at Seaford College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elliot Brown talks about how it felt to be selected for the England PD Lions and what drives him to succeed

Elliot Brown, from Year 12, has made his debut for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. His is a story of following your dreams and, as we say at Seaford ‘reaching for the heights’.


Elliott, who has cerebral palsy, started playing cricket at Seaford in Year 4. He is now the Seaford 2nd team captain and describes the past year as “really good, we only lost one game!”. Alongside playing at Seaford, Elliot also plays for Steyning Cricket Club and has done for a number of years. He credits them for their support and the fact that they have always been good with him and his disability. In 2015 Elliot was picked to play for Sussex Cricket Club’s disability team, and after three years he joined Middlesex’s disability team before he was selected to play for the England PD Lions.

Chris Adams, Head of Seaford Cricket, says he was “Absolutely delighted for Elliott. I know how much it means to him and will mean to him over the coming years to be part of that squad”. It was Chris who made Elliott the second team captain. “It’s a meaty role” he says “He has taken it, grabbed it with both hands and sprinted off into the distance with it”. Continue reading

Elliot Brown makes his England debut!

DSCF6878Congratulations to Elliot Brown who made his England debut on Sunday for the England PD Lions squad.  His mum Miranda said: “It was a very proud day!”.

Seaford’s Head of Cricket, Chris Adams added: “I was very proud when I heard that he’d been selected for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. Elliot is a joy to coach and a real talent. He’s the type of student that works hard at everything he does and I’m sure he’ll put everything into following his dream to make the England Lions squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.”

Follow the link to read more about Elliot’s inspirational story: https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/steyning-teenager-defies-expectations-to-play-international-cricket-1-8490842

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Seaford College Love Lunch 2018

Residents at a group of care homes in West Sussex were invited to a “Love Lunch” afternoon, organised by our students as part of their community programme.

Mansion House Borders Serve Lunch

Residents from Elizabeth House, Croft Meadow, Forest View, Rotherlea and Elmcroft care homes were greeted by our smiling students, who helped them to their seats to enjoy a two-course lunch, which also included plenty of chatter and laughter.

Those attending the lunch were very complimentary about the beautiful surroundings in which our college is set and the magnificent architecture at Mansion House, where the lunch was hosted.

Seaford Students are regular visitors to Shaw healthcare homes in West Sussex and participate in various activities with the residents.

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Santa Dash for YoungMinds charity

Before setting off for the Santa DashEvery year, Head of Boarding Matthew Pitteway organises a Santa Dash towards the end of the Winter Term, to raise money for Walled Garden West’s charity of the term. This term, it is YoungMinds, and they’ve currently raised £500.

Matthew reports on today’s festive run!

Happy Santa runners!“Nineteen of us set off today on Seaford’s annual Santa Dash from Seaford to East Dean. Although the forecast was for ‘heavy rain’ it was actually dry the whole way round. The ground was very wet though and that was the big challenge this year – dealing with slipping over the whole time.

Spirits were really high all the way round and we had regular breaks for photos which gave some of the slower members of the group a chance to catch up. We eventually made it to the Star & Garter just after 3pm and all enjoyed some refreshment before heading back to Seaford.”

Great work everyone!

Taking a photo break!

Seaford staff and students complete annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ charity bike ride

Setting off from SeafordOnce a year, a group of Seaford staff and students undertake the ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the site of the original school – Corsica Hall in Seaford. Continue reading

Seaford College gives back to the community this Valentine’s Day

Seaford College student chatting with home care residentAs part of the school’s Community Programme, Seaford College hosted their second annual ‘Love Lunch’ for residents of local care homes on Sunday 12th February.  Minibuses brought 53 residents, carers and drivers from 6 local Shaw care homes from Gosport to Crawley to Bognor.

In the warmth of the dining room they were welcomed by the girls from Mansion and Heden Court houses, offering them a ‘nice cup of tea’ (or coffee) to revive the spirits. Once all the residents had arrived, they tucked into a traditional roast gammon dinner followed by syrup sponge and custard.

Betsy Vernon, from Seaford, was “so impressed with how caring and attentive the girls were, seeing them to their places, settling them in, talking to them throughout, taking them to the cloakroom and serving their welcomed Gammon Roast Sunday lunch, with scrumptious dessert. A number of residents had seconds!”

“Seaford student Yolanda Gumpo played the keyboard beautifully and sang a number of songs, and even encouraged one of the residents to get up and sing a song he had composed himself. Another student, Lee Li, was our fantastic photographer for the day. He went round, introduced himself to the residents, and he took a number of shots to capture the atmosphere and sense of the afternoon.”

Seaford student Yolanda Gumpo chats with care home resident after singing and playing the keyboard for Seaford's guests

The ‘Love Lunch’ replaced the Christmas Dinner that Seaford College used to organise for the Shaw care homes, because it was felt that so much is happening at Christmas yet there is nothing during the long, dark days of January and February. The event is seen to be a bit of light in the wintry gloom – so much so that residents had been looking forward to it all month.

Shaw care homes and Seaford College have now been working on inter-generational projects for four years. Every week several students go to visit residents in their Petworth and Pulborough homes and during Seaford’s annual community ‘Big Day Out’ students take out groups of residents to restaurants in the area for a spot of lunch … or cake …or both!

Angie Douglass, Hillside Lodge Manager commented: “Everyone’s had a great day and once again Seaford College have done us proud.”

Seaford students sell roses for charity for Valentine’s Day

Seaford students about to head out delivering rosesBecause it’s Valentine’s Day, Seaford College students have sold 250 roses to fellow students and staff, raising over £500 for the Boarding House Walled Garden West’s charity of the term, Children with Cancer UK.

The flowers were hand-cut, wrapped and delivered around the campus by the students throughout the day, who also prepared Continue reading

Seaford present cheque to St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice Cheque Ceremony with House PrefectsOn Monday, House Prefects from Seaford College presented a cheque for £560 to St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing.

The Prefects were given a tour of the facilities at St Barnabas which can provide hospice care for up to 40 adults at a time in the West Sussex area. It costs over £6 million a year to run the Hospice which has provided palliative care to over 30,000 patients since it opened in 1973.

St Barnabas was Walled Garden West Boarding House’s “Charity of the Term” before Christmas, and the money was raised through a number of fundraising activities including a fancy dress walk and a Reindeer run.

Headmaster John Green commented: “We are delighted to make this contribution to St Barnabas. Our Prefects were honoured to make the presentation and see the invaluable work the Hospice does in the West Sussex area”.

To find out more about the work St Barnabas does in the West Sussex area click here.

The Sixth Form Boarding Experience

A couple of our Year 13 students, Fergus Guiry and Yolanda Gumpo, shared their thoughts with us on boarding at Heden Hall and Heden Court, here at Seaford College.

Why did you choose Seaford?

Fergus: The sport is really good, and Seaford’s academic focus and individual attention is second to none.
Yolanda: I love the music department and I’m a music scholar. Seaford is known to be excellent at academic and extra-curricular pursuits as well as pastoral care.

What do you like about Seaford both from an academic and an extra-curricular perspective?

Fergus & Yolanda: There is a massive range of extra-curricular activities, from sport to CCF, music, art, drama and all the
adventure stuff, it’s such a bonus. From an academic perspective, the teachers at Seaford actually care about your learning. In the Sixth Form there are smaller classes and everything is a lot more concentrated. The teachers know you very well, they know how you learn and they care a lot, which really helps us to do well. You really feel like you have the freedom to be who you want to be.

How have you found the transition from GCSE to A Level?

Fergus & Yolanda: We’ve really liked it: at A Level there are fewer subjects, whereas at GCSE you study eleven or twelve. It’s a lot more concentrated, and although it does get harder, we’ve really enjoyed it because we love the subjects we study, and you get to go into them in a lot more depth.

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College Fergus, how do you balance you studies with your rugby? Do you train every day?

During the season I will train every day either at Seaford or with London Irish, and I get a lot of support with my timetable from my teachers. I make sure that I get work done in my free periods. I also have prep for 2 hours in Heden every evening, so I will get my work done. I have been able to balance my workload and my rugby. I really enjoy being Vice Captain, I’ve enjoyed seeing how all the boys have progressed from Year 7 and Year 8, and how different players progress
and take on different attributes. My leadership skills have improved as well; I feel really confident in front of a big group, which will help me in the future.

Yolanda Gumpo performing at SeafordstockYolanda, how do you balance you studies with your music? Do you practice every day?

I agree with Fergus, we get a lot of support from our teachers with our studies and this gives me time to focus on my music. I’m in the school choirs and in the Jazz Band. I do my academic work in my free periods and after the 2 hours of prep in the evening I go to the Music Department and do 2 hours of practice every day. It doesn’t feel like work though because I love it. I’m also on the School Council and like making a difference to the community. It’s fun and I like being in charge.

What are your plans for the future?

Fergus: I’d like to get a professional contract with London Irish, my back up plan is to study International Business at University.
Yolanda: I’d like to follow in the footsteps of Tom Odell (who studied at Seaford) and I’m going to the same university. I’m going to the BIMM in Brighton to do a song writing course and I want to be a professional singer and song writer.
How does boarding at Heden Hall compare to your experience of boarding at the other houses?

Fergus & Yolanda: Heden is a lot more grown-up. Everyone in Heden is deciding what they want to do in the future: whether they’re going to university, having a gap year, or getting an army scholarship. If you want to go to university, then you have to put the work in. Dr Pothecary & Mrs Reynolds make that really clear, and they really motivate us. We feel grown up and self-motivated. We’ve also introduced a bowling league which is great fun.

Do you think Heden is good preparation for university halls?

Fergus & Yolanda: Heden definitely prepares you for university life; it’s really up to you to do the work. We’re not spoon fed, we have independence and we are learning about organisation and preparation, so we are really young adults now. There is a lot of responsibility and trust and we have both really matured.

Do you think you will be lifelong friends with the other boarders?

Yolanda: You learn to get along with people from all walks of life and that is great life experience for the future. I like the time when the boys and girls socialise together, I like having a mixed group of friends.
Fergus: They’re really good mates, and I would definitely see most of them as lifelong friends. I enjoy the social time in the common room where the boys and girls socialise together. I like the balance this gives.

What are the main benefits of boarding at Seaford?

Fergus & Yolanda: It’s very good from a work perspective. You get the work done, if you’re a day pupil it’s harder, you go home and eat and lounge about. Also, there are all the activities, you’re never bored. It’s like a sleepover with all of your
mates, and there’s never a dull moment.

What do you like about Dr Pothercarys’ and Mrs Reynolds’ style as a Houseparent?

Fergus: Dr Pothercary is laid back, disciplined, reasonable and treats you like an adult. He listens and will make improvements from our suggestions. He is keen that we enjoy ourselves and work hard. It’s a good ethic.
Yolanda: Mrs Reynolds is firm but fair. She gives us the space we need and it’s good preparation for university. She helps us see the consequences of our decisions. She is friendly, a lot of fun and has a great sense of humour. They also both have experience with their own teenagers and work well as a team to unite the two Heden houses.

Seaford Team Completes Epic Three Peaks Challenge

The Seaford team celebrate reaching the summit of Ben NevisJust 26 months after nearly missing out on completing the National Three Peaks Challenge, on July 8th at 5.38am a team from Seaford College achieved the incredible feat of climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours (23 hours and 37 minutes to be precise).

The Seaford team comprised of eleven, including one driver and ten walkers. Teacher and houseparent Matthew Pitteway organised the event, and he said: “we all had one thing in mind: not to miss out again. Conditions on the hills were pretty awful with rain and strong winds nearly all the way, which made the going tough. We had no views to speak of at all on any of the summits, but soldiered on nonetheless.”

The Seaford team set off up Ben Nevis (1,344 m) at 6.01am on Tuesday 7th July. Although they started strongly, they found it difficult to get the right balance of kit due to the weather conditions, and so they had to stop several times to readjust and change clothing. The team eventually summited in just over three and a half hours, which was about half an hour longer than they had planned. Pausing for a quick picture, the team then shot straight back down, taking only one and a half hours in the descent.

The Seaford team then had to travel to Wasdale Head, but the driving conditions were excellent and they covered the 270 miles quicker than they anticipated. They started to climb Scafell Pike (978m) at 5.30pm and covered the ascent Continue reading

A Conversation with the Cuthbertsons

Alana and Bill Cuthbertson with pupils from Heden CourtBill and Alana Cuthbertson have devoted the last sixteen years to Seaford College, taking on a variety of different roles at the school. Well-loved Heden Court Houseparent Alana retired at the end of the Summer Term and before she left we spoke to her and Bill about the sixteen years they have dedicated to the school.

 

How did you become houseparents at Seaford College?

Bill
: I hadn’t even thought about being a houseparent. I came here doing rugby coaching, doing three to four different jobs, but I wanted to settle down. I was asked if I wanted the houseparent role and I said ‘houseparent, you must be joking!’ I’d been a parent before, but never a houseparent. But I took the job, and I’ve never looked back. Alana was my assistant, and then Continue reading

Seaford Completes Round the Island Challenge

The group who conquered the Round the Island ChallengeNot satisfied with running two marathons and several half-marathons, Seaford College teacher Matthew Pitteway, accompanied by thirteen others, set off on the 20th June to complete the 100km circuit of the Isle of Wight by bike.

The circuit of the Isle of Wight is part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that provides support to improve the lives of children both at home and at school. Matthew’s marathons were in aid of Whizz-Kidz, and his fundraising efforts have been supported by his boarding house, Walled Garden West, who sold roses on Valentine’s Day in aid of the charity.

Matthew Pitteway and fellow teacher Edward Bowden cycled to Portsmouth, leaving at 6am and arriving at 8.30am. They had Continue reading

Seaford in Directors’ Commando Challenge

Seaford representatives take part in the Directors' Commando ChallengeFour students and two teachers from Seaford College went to Lympstone, the training facility of the Royal Marines, on Friday to take part in one of the hardest endurance events there is. Students Henry Lunt, Harry Smith, Charlie Anderson and Hugo Wilson and teachers Matthew Pitteway and Dan Joseph took part in a 9 mile run, a lap of the endurance circuit, complete with lots of mud, tunnels, streams and very steep gradients, before finally finishing on the assault course.

The event was organised by The C Group, a charity that supports marines injured in action, who invited Seaford to take part in the challenge. Houseparent Matthew Pitteway and his boarding house Walled Garden West raised an impressive £160The Commando Challenge0 for the charity by organising a variety of fundraising events: from film nights to fancy dress walks, from fun runs to cycle rides. One event involved a cycle ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the original site of the school at Corsica Hall, Seaford. Staff, students and parents cycled the 50 miles, setting off at 8am and arriving at 6pm.

The C Group invited representatives from other companies that had donated money to the charity over the course of the
year as well.

The successful Seaford teamMatthew Pitteway, who came an amazing second place, said: “We received a thorough debrief when we arrived and were talked through the whole circuit by Royal Marines PTIs. The race was extremely tough, which was not helped by the fact that we missed a turn and ended up running an extra 2 miles! In the end we did really well, and the experience and sense of achievement made it all worthwhile.”

Walled Garden West Newsletters

Walled Garden WestSeaford College boarding house Walled Garden West are proud to produce their own newsletter, Westside Story, issues of which you can read below.

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Walled Garden West Pupils Complete Beach Run

Matthew Pitteway and pupils from Walled Garden West at the Finish LinePupils from Walled Garden West boarding house and houseparent Matthew Pitteway took part in their first run of the year yesterday in Littlehampton.

On a stunning evening about 350 competitors ran the 5 miles along the seafront over a mixture of sand, shingle, grass and road.

The boys in the House did themselves proud. By far and away the youngest competitors, they finished well up the field. The fastest student home was Finn Stovold (Year 10) in a little under 40 minutes.

Well done to all who took part (Hugo Wilson, Ryan Gregory, Connor Eales, Henry Lunt and Finn Stovold) – Walled Garden West are now looking forward to their next event of the year, the Goodwood Midsummer run in June.

Matthew Pitteway Completes Marathon Fundraising Efforts

Matthew Pitteway competing in the London MarathonMany congratulations to Seaford College teacher and houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who completed the London Marathon on Sunday, just two weeks after running the Brighton Marathon. This monumental effort was in aid of the charity Whizz-Kidz, which provides support to improve the lives of disabled children both at home and at school.

Dedicated Matthew has also completed two half marathons this year in Wokingham and Richmond, which he ran in just over one and a half hours, as well as competing in the Chichester Corporate Challenge. He said: “Throughout this experience I have been receiving sponsorship from colleagues, students and the parents of the boys in my boarding house, Walled Garden West. I am very close to achieving my target now of £1600 and hope that over the next few days the pledges I received will start coming in to take me over the total.”

“The London Marathon was an incredible experience; the crowds of runners were awe-inspiring. So many people dressed up and were carrying around huge cumbersome costumes in order to raise money for their respective charities. Similarly, the crowds of spectators lining the streets really kept us all going; it is amazing to hear people shouting out your name when you are feeling low and at the point of thinking about stopping running.”Matthew Pitteway with his medal

Matthew completed the London Marathon in an impressive 3 hours and 52 minutes. He is now looking forward to a couple of weeks off before he starts training for his next two challenges: cycling around the coast of the Isle of Wight in June, and the National Three Peaks walking challenge in July.

To sponsor Matthew and support Whizz-Kidz CLICK HERE.

Valentine’s Roses Raise Money for Whizz-Kidz

Ashen hard at work preparing the roses.Seaford College houseparent Matthew Pitteway is running the London Marathon this April, and as part of his fundraising efforts, he and his boarding house Walled Garden West sold Valentines roses across the College.

All proceeds from the sale of the flowers will go to Whizz-kidz, a disabled children’s charity that Matthew is raising money for by running the London Marathon. Whizz-kidz helps improve the lives of disabled children by providing customised mobility equipment and advice to children and families.

Taking advance orders from students, parents, and teachers, Walled Garden West took delivery of 160 roses. The flowers arrived uncut and a team of about 10 helped with the preparation of the flowers: cutting, trimming and arranging them. Hugo collecting the finished flowers.

On the day itself, the boys worked tirelessly delivering the flowers to their recipients all across Seaford, and they also sold all the remaining stock at break and lunchtime.

Overall, the event raised well in excess of £150 for Whizz-kidz. Matthew will be continuing his fundraising efforts not only by running in the London Marathon, but by participating in the Wokingham Half Marathon, the Richmond Half Marathon, and the Brighton Marathon. All money he raises will go to Whizz-kidz, and to sponsor Matthew please CLICK HERE.

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Poppy the Pastoral Dog

Poppy being taken for a walk by Diana Strange and Hugo Seaford College has enlisted the help of Poppy the German Short Haired Pointer, who supports the Pastoral Team and has had a lot of success in helping students to open up and relax.

Diana Strange, Director of Care and Welfare and Poppy’s owner, said: ‘Pupils find Poppy very soothing. She’s very therapeutic, pupils will often come and find her when they’re stressed, and she really helps to calm them down, as one pupil said, ‘you don’t have to answer to a dog.’

Year 9 student Hugo, who suffers from homesickness, goes on a weekly walk with Poppy. Hugo said: ‘At home, we have a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Elsa, who we walk every day. She always cheers me up. After my first two weeks boarding, I became homesick. I missed my family. I missed Elsa. Then I met Mrs Strange, who introduced me to Poppy.’

Hugo continued: ‘I am always very excited to walk with Poppy and Mrs Strange. Poppy really helps me to relax, and Mrs Strange and I can talk about anything. Poppy helped me bridge the gap between home and school. I really enjoy boarding now, after one and a half terms the other boarders are like my brothers.’Poppy, Diana and Hugo

James Passam, Deputy Head, said: ‘The Pastoral Team offer something truly unique at Seaford. I believe that every houseparent should have a dog.’

The CCF also has its own dog, Hastings, a black Labrador. CCF members visit Hastings during exams, and stroke him to help them calm their nerves. Jackie Kyte, Hastings’ owner, said: ‘It’s just kids and dogs; it’s really good for them.’

Seaford Raises £1600 for Injured Marines

Seaford Presents The C Group with a cheque for £1600Staff, students and parents from Seaford College raised an impressive £1600 for The C Group, a charity that supports Royal Marines injured in action.

Walled Garden West organised a variety of fundraising events: from film nights to fancy dress walks, from runs to cycle rides. One event involved a cycle ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the original site of the school at Corsica Hall, Seaford. Staff, students and parents cycled the 50 miles, setting off at 8am and arriving at 6pm.

Sharky White, Director of Operations for The C Group, and Tom Wilson, Chairman of The C Group, came to Seaford to receive the cheque from Headmaster John Green, and pupils from Walled Garden West. Tom Wilson said: ‘we were overjoyed and humbled by the kind generosity and efforts displayed by all those involved.’

‘To raise £1600 for Royal Marines in Need was a fantastic effort by all involved. The monies raised will contribute to our continuing support of Royal Marines and their families, who have served on behalf of all of us in the past, and no doubt will continue to do so in the future.’

As a mark of their gratitude, Sharky White and Tom Wilson presented Walled Garden West with a limited edition print of Royal Marines in action, which will be framed and hung up in the boarding house.

Matthew Pitteway, houseparent at Walled Garden West, is running the London Marathon in April for Whizzkidz, a disabled children’s charity. To sponsor him, CLICK HERE.

The Mansion Boarding Experience

Sarah Brabin chatting in Mansion Girls Boarding HouseSarah Brabin, Lower Sixth, is a boarder at Mansion. She joined Seaford in September, and we had a chat with her to find out what boarding at Seaford is like, and how she is finding her A-Levels.

For how long have you been a boarder?
I joined Seaford in September, so I started boarding then. I had never boarded before that, so it has been quite a big change. But I am really enjoying it, especially the social side of boarding, as I’m getting to know lots of different people.

What are you studying?
I am studying for A Levels in Physics, Maths, IT and Psychology.

What kind of activities do you get involved in at Mansion?
I do the pilates class and this Thursday we’re having a pizza and movie night, which I am really looking forward to. I’m a weekly boarder, but I do stay on the occasional weekends to take part in the trips. I went on the Continue reading

A Conversation with Angie Prince-Iles

Angie Prince-IlesAngie Prince-Iles is Head Houseparent of Mansion, the Girls Boarding House at Seaford College. Parents of pupils have thanked her for ‘all the wonderful care, love, and support’ she has shown to their children, commenting how it is ‘really reassuring knowing that she is a mother figure in our absence.’ We had a conversation with Angie about what it’s like to be a houseparent and to look after the 24 girls in the boarding house, as well as finding out what life is like for the boarders at Mansion.

What opportunities are there for boarders at Mansion?
We have a Head of House, a Deputy Head of House, and House Prefects. The girls can air their opinions at the Girls Boarding Meeting, which is run by the Prefects and the Head of House. We give our boarders life skills; for example we have a kitchen rota and girls are asked to keep their rooms’ neat and tidy which teaches the girls how to take responsibility. We promote other life skills like cooking; recently we baked cakes for charity, as well as giving the girls the opportunities to join in evening clubs and events such as Greenpower, Music and Drama performances. We also like to celebrate different cultures in the evening, so the girls can get a good understanding of different backgrounds.

Are there any activities for boarders at the weekends and in the evenings at Mansion?Mansion Girls Boarding House
We have a lot of weekend trips. On Friday nights the students go to Sainsbury’s to stock up on their basics, and then Saturdays are usually shopping trips to places like Chichester. On Sundays, we visit places of cultural importance like Stonehenge. The weekend activities we offer are very good; other schools just don’t offer the things that we do. The girls really appreciate the trips, and they have a say in where they get to go. At the beginning of the year we have a house bonding trip, and this year we went bowling. Some evenings the girls have a pizza night or go to the cinema. We also do pilates, yoga, and aerobics in the evenings. We have a beauty night coming up; one of the teachers is also a beautician, so the girls will learn how to do manicures and facials. We are also looking into having a sign language workshop.

What do you think the students get out of their boarding experience?
I think they’re very settled at Mansion. The boarders don’t have a journey home in the evenings, and they have an environment in which they can relax and also know that they can get their prep done. We monitor academic performance closely within the house, using boarders challenge grades to set individual targets every few weeks. As a Housemistress I read all of my boarders’ reports and discuss both these and any other feedback I receive from their teachers with them. There are also lots of staff on site to help them with their prep too. If they are struggling, I promote group work, and they really bounce off one another then. The older girls really like to help the younger ones; one of our Year 12s is a great mathematician and helps out the other boarders. Also, the girls get a social aspect in the evenings that Continue reading

For Sale – Valentine’s Roses in aid of Whizzkidz

red-rose-picture-in-high-qualityweb1Matthew Pitteway is running the London Marathon this year for Whizzkidz (a disabled children’s charity). Matthew’s boarding house (Walled Garden West) is helping him with the fundraising and will sell roses on Friday 13th for Valentine ’s Day.

We are taking advanced bookings. If you would like to order one then please email Matthew – Pitteway@seaford.org

Roses are £3 each (or 2 for £5) and all come wrapped in heart printed cellophane.

Matthew is a keen fundraiser and recently cycled with students from Seaford College in Petworth over the South Downs to the old Seaford College site in Seaford, East Sussex, CLICK HERE to read more.