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 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.

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

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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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.

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 –

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.

Charity bike ride from Seaford in Petworth to the original site of the school in Seaford

IMG_0021web111 students, staff and parents from Walled Garden West, cycled the 50 or so miles from Seaford College, Petworth to the site of the original school – Corsica Hall in Seaford. They cycled over the South Downs and after setting off at 8am, eventually arrived cold, wet and exhausted at 6pm. The team are raising funds for The C Group, a charity inspiring businesses to support Royal Marines in need. This is the second event completed by Seaford for the charity and Seaford have already raised over £750, and are well on the way to beating the target of £1000. Well done to all those taking part, outstanding effort and a huge amount raised so far! The C Group said: “your support is sincerely appreciated.”
Seaford College moved out of Seaford itself in the 2nd World War – to temporary accommodation in Worthing. After the war was over the school Governors took the decision that there was limited scope to expand in a town centre and began to look for suitable accommodation nearby. Eventually, Lavington Park was found and in 1946 the theIMG_0024web2n Headmaster Charles Johnson, moved the whole school to its current site.

If you would like to sponsor them and support The C Group, please use the link to the Virgin Money Giving Site:

Meet Steve Paxton – Man of Many Talents

Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton the Seaford College hockey coach represented his country South Africa for several years before turning to coaching hockey internationally for the SA ladies squad. He joined Seaford in 2011 to continue to nurture progress in their run of success on the pitch and has enjoyed a career of 22 years in the game playing and coaching. Steve is housemaster to 40 pupils at Seaford and has very useful links to hockey foundations internationally. Like so many gifted sportsman, Steve had a choice in which sport to pursue as a child. He was school buddies with Jonty Rhodes the SA cricket batsman and possibly the best fielder the game has seen. In a chat aged 18, Jonty confirmed that he would be staying with cricket whilst Steve suggested hockey was for him.

Have you always enjoyed sport?
Football was my life growing up in Africa as my dad played professionally for Huddersfield when he was younger. At the same time I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to ride a champion showjumping horse. It was ever so easy riding such a great horse, all I had to do was guide him through the right combinations and he would do the rest. During that period I was so busy representing my country at football and riding that my school work never really peaked!


Did you always know that hockey would be your sport?
Football was what I dreamt of playing professionally and it nearly came to fruition but we then moved further south in Africa and my chance was gone. I changed my outlook and decided to take on the challenge of hockey and cricket, and within three years I was representing my country in hockey and county at cricket. My best memory of when I had to choose between hockey and cricket was when I spoke to my team-mate Jonty Rhodes and he said he was going to stick with cricket. I said “no thanks, five days in the sun over and over again; not for me” – look at what he achieved in his career! At school I was so busy with sport – scratch golfer, number one at tennis, cricket captain, hockey captain, basketball team, swimming team . . . I nearly forgot that education was more important than the sporting achievements I was striving for!


Has anyone inspired you in your sporting career?
At the early stages of my hockey career I was always interested in coaching and my mentor Brian Edwards was, I believe, one of the best tactical coaches in the world. At 18 I started coaching various teams and very soon was coaching and playing for the provincial side and coaching the ladies provincial squad, then being chosen to coach the ladies national team. I did Civil Engineering after school but was still more interested in sport than anything else. I eventually retired from playing competitively and concentrated only on coaching.
How did you get to coach at Seaford College?
After two World Cups as head coach and an international career (playing and coaching) spanning 22 years, my family and I were very lucky to be offered a teaching position in the UK at a school in East Sussex, and to coach university and club teams. We spent three years there and the school won every age group county title for boys in the same year (both my sons were members of the teams that year – made me very proud). I then moved to Seaford College and we implemented my five-year plan in 2011-12. This year has been a record-breaking one for hockey at Seaford. Our plan has the community at heart and we can see that by the free master class sessions for prep schools held every year, and the links with USA universities for all local pupils to have the option to receive a scholarship from the university and have that university as an option when they leave school. This is just a small part of the overall plan. My wife Angie and I are also house parents to 40 plus boys at Seaford College and love every minute of our job.


What is the best memory of your career?
During my career I have coached in North America and consulted to Barbados and Gibraltar Hockey, and come across some amazing athletes. My best memory was when I was coaching at a World Cup in Germany. After a day’s play I was sitting with the German ladies coach and asked him “why do you have so many video technicians at your games?”. I will never forget his reply: “Do you want to win this game or not? It’s too late to analyse why you lost after the game. I have my staff analyse the opposition while the game is progressing; they see their habits and plays and report back to me, which I then tell the players who can then counter them and go on to win this game – not the next.” This put my coaching methods on a totally different track.


Today we played our first father and sons golf tournament to raise money for the British Forces Foundation. The first round was a family affair with fathers and sons taking alternate shots over the nine holes. The winners of this competition were the Danes (Alex and his father) who very impressively scored 20 points over the 9 holes to win by a 2 point margin over Ben Sweeney and his father.

After a short brunch in the mansion we then set out to play the second nine holes. This time it was fathers against sons in a match play competition. After some very tense games the fathers won one match (by one hole), the sons won one match (by one hole) with the final game being tied. The result therefore was a tie.

We headed to the Cricketers for refreshment and the prize giving and were very fortunate that throughout the whole day we managed to avoid any rain.

Thank you for everyone for taking part – we raised £125 for the charity – a great start for the fundraising for the term.

A Charity Initiative from WGE

Seaford College Boarders begin Charity Drive

The Boys from Walled Garden East Boarding House decided to give to charity every month so that the charity can rely on a steady income rather than lump sum amount as well as be available to help out at the charity on a volunteer basis  – with this in mind the boys chose the Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Centre near Chichester and the Adopt a Snow Leopard from the WWF web site.

The boys are hoping to volunteer at the Brent Lodge Hospital and help out and also hope that the money every month will help the animals. The Snow Leopard adoption pack will be arriving in January and we also hope that these animals will be helped with the money so that they will not become extinct.

Newsletter Number 1

As a new feature, we have produced the first edition of the Walled Garden West Newsletter. This includes stories on the charity events and successes of the Christmas term.

We hope you will enjoy it. Please click on the link to view the Newsletter in PDF format.

WGW Newsletter 1