Seaford head to the home of British Sailing

In front of 2012 Olympic Rings webSeaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.

We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.

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Big Day Out

572 students, 34 activities, 32 venues across 3 counties. One Big Day Out.

This year saw Seaford’s fifth annual community action day and it was the biggest ever with unparalleled numbers of our students and staff going into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes.

Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country – it is only right that they put something back.”

Big Day Out - Hayling IslandAt Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Seaford students and staff were raking and smoothing out a path especially for winter to make it easier to walk down the farm, it’ll also enable visitors to walk further into the farm. Seaford students used re-used concrete from old building works. A proud student said “I love helping animals and it’s great to help out the community”.

Big Day Out - Staunton Country ParkYear 9 did a fabulous job at Staunton Country Park. They worked hard all day and really made a huge difference to the landscape. Betsy Vernon said: “The day was so productive with all the pupils clearing, cutting down and picking up unwanted brambles that encroach on the woodland floor. The afternoon was spent picking up litter. I am so proud of what you did and thank you to the conservation rangers at Staunton Park. The Big Day Out made a big difference for the community.”

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Young Enterprise Goes Vinyl

Team RetrospectYoung Enterprise is a National Schools Competition that is open to students from Year 10 and up through sixth form. Running from the start of the Autumn term through to the end of the Spring term, a group of students come together to set up and run their own business. They make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs and other events.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. Teams track their progress using self-assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.

Fiona Askew, Senior Management Secretary at Seaford College explains what it gives the students. “Throughout the process they learn all the different aspects of a business. They have to choose what roles they want and take their product through various stages from manufacturing to selling it, hopefully making a profit”. Continue reading

Surrey Space Centre

Year 11 visit the Surrey Space CentreSix Year 11 Seaford students visited Surrey Space Centre as a reward for winning last year’s International Space Challenge at King Edward’s School. The students were treated to a guided tour of the control centre where the much heralded ‘Remove Debris Project’ was overseen and monitored. Students were then given a look at the facility where Surrey Satellite Technologies design and build their cutting edge satellites.

Sam French from Year 11 reflects on the day:

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Ever A Level Results!

Headmaster John Green celebrating Seaford's best ever A Level results with Ruby Pritchard and Tom HennessyBest 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

Seaford College is celebrating as students achieve their best ever A Level results. This is the first cohort to come through to A Level from Year 9, when John Green took up his role as Headmaster five years ago. John’s focus on Academic Seaford, his restructure of the school and the increased focus on ambition for all pupils has paid dividends for all pupils. 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. I’m really pleased to see that our students and teachers have risen to the challenge of the new tougher linear system for A Levels, which makes these results even more impressive. 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 exceled 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. Notable A Level successes securing 2A* and an A are:

Tom Hennessy (from Cranleigh, heading to Durham to read History), Joseph Hill (from East Dean, heading to Warwick to read Maths & Physics), Zac Hodson (from Arundel, heading to Bristol to read History), Ylvali Koch (from Mexico, is heading to university after an internship at BMW), William Morris (from Graffham, heading to Bath to read Biology) and James Thompson (from Guildford, heading to the University of Birmingham to read History).

Holly Gyles (from GraHeadmaster John Green celebrating Seaford's best ever A Level results!ffham) achieved A*AA and is heading to University of Birmingham to read Sports & Exercise Science. Alex Herghelegiu (from Romania) secured 2As & 2Bs. Josef Amin (from Graffham is reading Biological Sciences) & Kristina Pintar achieved 3 As. Winston Murrin (from Fernhurst) gained A*,AB and is heading to Exeter to read History. Alfie Ransom (from New Malden) secured 2As and a B. Helena Kingdon-Butcher (from Bognor Regis) and Ruby Pritchard (from Midhurst who is heading to the University of Birmingham to read English) have achieved A* & 2Bs. Eddie Gammon (from Chichester) gained A & 2Bs and is going to Bournemouth University to study Product Design. We have a record number of students heading for Russell Group and 1st choice Universities and we wish them success in their future studies.”

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 Joe Hill with Seaford's Head of Maths celebrating top results in Further Maths & Maths at Joe's favourite place, the piano!students to thrive and achieve. Joe Hill is a great example of a student who has achieved fantastic results at Seaford and gained an A* in both Maths and Further Maths with an impressive 100% pass mark in a large number of his modules.”

John Green said, “We’ve also seen a record number of students taking the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in their final year with an incredible 80% achieving the top A* & A grading. This is a highly coveted award, which is greatly valued by universities. Students, alongside their demanding academic studies, also took on an independent research project in their final year. They researched a wide variety of topics beyond the curriculum and in many ways the EPQ reflects the way students will need to independently study at university and colleges. These results show that our students are independent learners and have the creativity and curiosity to research their own projects. On leaving Seaford they are ready to follow their own academic path for future success.

James Thompson celebrating his impressive results with Seaford's Head of History James GisbySeaford’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 12 on the best pathway for them. 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 and whichever pathway they have followed we have seen our best ever results. Seaford is proud to offer A Levels and BTECs and has a variety of different students in our community.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl are perfect examples of different types of students achieving their personal bests on our different pathways; both are very smart in different ways. Nicholas Caines achieved 2 Distinction* in BTEC Business Studies & Sport and a B in A Level Geography. He’s an accomplished sportsman, playing a key role in Seaford’s rugby teams and winner of the Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby’ Cup at Seaford’s Annual Sports Awards. He aspires to work in agriculture and is heading to Harper Adams to study Agriculture. Our Head Girl Holly Gyles achieved A* A Level PE & 2 As Biology and Business Studies and is heading to University of Birmingham to read Sports Exercise and Science. Holly is also an accomplished sportswoman and fulfilled a big role with her commitment as Head Girl in her final year.”

Diana Strange, Seaford's Director of Pastoral Care with Ruby Pritchard and Poppy Seaford's Pastoral dog!
Other notable successes include Alexander Cassar who achieved 2 Distinctions and a B in A Level Geography and is heading to Oxford Brookes University to read Geography, Finn Stovold achieved 3 Distinction* and is heading to St Mary’s Twickenham to read Sports Management. Imogen Dixon achieved a Distinction* and a Distinction and is heading to West London to study Event Management.
Headmaster 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 & success is part of its DNA.

Annual Sports Awards Dinner

Seaford had their Annual Sports Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements and successes of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just over 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening.

Beginning with welcome drinks outside, sports kits were abandoned in place of black-tie for the evening!

As guests were seated for their meal, they discovered a sporting quiz at their table, with questions to answer as they ate. Later in the evening the games intensified with each table taking it in turns to bounce a tennis ball into a bucket – much harder than it looked! Standing behind a line, they were allowed one bounce onto the floor and into the bucket. Despite being an evening showcasing Seaford’s sporting talent, most missed entirely!

Guests were able to watch a photo montage playing throughout the night showcasing the last year, and there was also a montage video showcasing footage of matches throughout the year. A wonderful evening of Sport.

Speeches were given by Liam Doubler, Director of Sport and Co-Curricular, as well as Seaford’s Head Girl, Holly Gyles, and Head Boy, Nico Caines who recapped on the sporting year going through all the teams achievements.

Then came to the bit everyone was waiting for – the awards, presented by John Green, Headmaster.

Sportswoman of the year was presented to Isobel Porter

Sportsman of the year was presented to Charlie Norton

Services to Seaford Sport was awarded to Cally Nugent

Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby Cup’ was awarded to Nico Caines

Awards winners

What is always striking at our awards dinners is how humble our sports men and women are. All our winners were shocked to have won and didn’t want to sing their own praises, seeing themselves as simply part of a team. Cally Nugent, winner of Services to Seaford Sport said “I was really shocked. I did not think I’d get that”.

It was a superb evening and highlighted the direction of Seaford Sport. 2017/2018 has been another impressive year with more pupils representing Seaford Sport and more achievement at all levels. All staff have been exceptional, providing detailed feedback to pupils and always going above and beyond to improve their players as both individuals and as a team. Well done all for everything you have achieved this academic year.

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Nicholas Caines’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Nicholas Caines was Head Boy at Seaford this year.  He spoke to us about his plans for the future and what he is passionate about.

What is your dream job? Doing somNicholas Caines, Head Boy 2017 to 2018ething outside, I live on a farm. I would like to diversify the family farm and put in a high ropes course in the forest.

What are you doing this autumn? I’m having a year out travelling in South East Asia, Inter-railing in Europe and then I’d like to earn some money and get some farming experience in New Zealand. I plan to do a degree in Agriculture at University after my gap year.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation? Social media and the way people react on line and the way people are addicted to their phones. I use social media but I think you should use it at the right time and not be anti-social with it. I think we’re really good here at Seaford but you often see people out with friends with everyone on their phone. Continue reading

Holly Gyles’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Holly Gyles, Head Girl 2017 to 2018

Holly Gyles was Head Girls at Seaford this year. We had a chat with her about her aspirations for the future as her time at Seaford comes to an end.

What is your dream job? I’d like to work as a physiotherapist with an elite sports team and travel the world. A team like England Rugby. I’m also interested in the psychology of sports performance so I’d like to use this in my career.

What are you doing this autumn? I went to the Women of The Future Conference last year with Seaford College and I had the opportunity to network as part of the event. It inspired me to take a gap year. I’m going to volunteer at a school in Fiji, it will involve building homes and coaching children. I then plan to travel back to the UK via New Zealand, Australia and Asia before starting a degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University. Continue reading

Record breakers

Seaford has had a phenomenal season of athletics this year with long-standing school records being broken.

We have demonstrated our strength as an athletic school, particularly in the inter-boys Year 10 and 11, where we have won all inter-boys age group matches. Our girls too are showing their strength, in particular Year 9 where we have some really good athletes.

This was demonstrated at the Sussex Schools County Finals at the start of June where Seaford did very well as a school, overall winning 10 medals. Jon Thompson, Head of Seaford Athletics summarises the event “It’s a tough competition and we had a good day with some really good performances”.

Rupert Blackwell wins gold and breaks school recordRupert Blackwell won gold in the inter-boys javelin and broke the school record in doing so. He says he was “especially happy as the record was set over 50 years ago”. Rupert threw 50m 30, with the previous record being about 48m 50. He praised his sports coaches at Seaford for the training and support they give him.

Ollie Beach won gold in the Junior Boys Discus, Johnny Murray-Jones (Year 9) took silver in the junior boys triple jump and Joseph Spiby (Year 11) won silver in the discus. Congratulations!

Congratulations too to Olivia McDonald won silver in the 3000m. Jon praises Olivia’s performance “It was great run for her. She’s a tremendous athlete”. Continue reading

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

Get tickets for Seaford’s first Dance Show in the Johnson Centre

We can’t wait for our first dance show next week at Seaford College. Steppin’ Out is on 22nd May at 7pm in the Johnson Centre at Seaford College.

To book your tickets email Bookings@Seaford.org Tickets are £5 for adults, students are FREE!

The show will feature a variety of pieces in a wide range of styles including, jazz, contemporary and ballet. It will be a showcase of all of Seaford’s extra-curricular clubs and some GCSE classwork with students from years 4-11 performing.

Here’s a video showing an advanced contemporary dance workshop held recently in Johnson Centre with ella&co. Ella Fleetwood inspired our Year 10 GCSE dance students to broaden the scope of their dance education. The workshop allowed them to explore a different style of contemporary dance.

 

Classics students showing their enthusiasm

Students and teacher Tim Farmer after their classics lectureThe Classics department at Seaford attended a number of interesting Seminars and Lectures last term, and our Classics teacher Tim Farmer is pleased with the enthusiasm of his students. Year 12 student, Eddie MacKenzie,  penned his thoughts for us on some of the recent trips.

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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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Welcome to a new Academic year: the transition to a new school

Abseiling in WalesA new Academic year is upon us once again, and we’re very pleased to be welcoming our students, both new and returning, to Seaford College, for the start of term. We hope everyone is fully refreshed from the Summer break and ready for whatever challenges the new term brings.

Here at Seaford, we aim to make the transitions from Prep School to Senior School, and Senior School to Sixth Form, as smooth as possible. Today, all of our Year 12 students are heading off to Wales for a few days on a bonding trip, and our Year 9 students will head off on an overnight Camping and Activity trip tomorrow, and we thought that now was a good time to have a chat with James Passam, Deputy Head, about the transition process, and any advice he has for parents and pupils.

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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.

Mairi Donaldson

Peter Tutykhin

Mattie Hansing

Chris Colegate

Jamie Wall

Ross Millen

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 girls share inspiring messages from Women of the Future Conference

Holly Gyles & Isobel Porter at the Women of the Future conference2017 marks the 20th year of girls at the school, and Seaford College is proud that over 30% of the students are now girls, and this number is constantly growing.

Earlier this year, some of Seaford’s Year 12 and Year 13 girls went to the Women of the Future Conference at Bloomberg, in London. The aim of the conference was to provide students with mentors and role models, strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women. 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

Policies, not personalities: Seaford College Mock Election inspires debate

Making a choice in the mock electionAt Seaford College, we have 195 students in Years 12 and 13, and 62 of our Year 13 students will be eligible to vote on the 8th June. So, almost a third of the Sixth Form will be able to have a say in the UK’s next government.

Once the election campaign started to gain pace, several Seaford College Sixth Form students were keen to engage their fellow students in the debate, and held a Mock Election for the Seaford College Sixth Form.

Peter Tutykhin chairs mock electionBut, this was to be a Mock Election with a difference. The students wanted their classmates to engage with the policies, rather than personalities. So, six students were chosen to present the main policies of the three largest parties, focusing on areas that would mean the most to students. Continue reading

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.