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 of the Seaford Senior School, 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.