John Green would like to invite prospective Sixth Form students and parents to our next Sixth Form evening on Thursday 16th November 2017, 6-8pm. Come along and see why our Sixth Form has grown dramatically over the last 18 months. Please complete the form below to register for the evening.
The Journey from GCSE to A Level Success
The transition from GCSE to A Level is a significant time for students. The teenage body has so much going on: from physical and emotional changes, to social pressures from peer groups and social media. In the classroom subjects get harder and careful planning of study time is crucial to academic success. This is a time where individual support and attention can be vital to future success. Seaford’s Deputy Head, William Yates, is also in charge of the Sixth Form. He focuses on all aspects of life in the Sixth Form and makes sure all pupils are on track to reach their potential.
John Green, Headmaster said: ‘The students lie at the heart of everything we do and that will always be what drives us. In a good school students need to feel valued, trusted and respected. Students also need to enjoy school and have fun. At Seaford we have a very strong academic core and via our new and unique Challenge Grade system, students are encouraged to secure academic personal bests – whilst still keeping a smile on their faces! Prospective and current parents always say how happy our students are. We look after our students; inspire personal ambition and success so that personal bests are achieved inside and outside the classroom. At Seaford students gain greater self-confidence to be the best that they can be’.
Seaford really does have the wow factor in terms of location, facilities, individual academic focus and extra-curricular activities. Students have a breadth of choice in subjects from the more traditional A Levels through to Law and Creative Writing – the College also excels in Music, Sport, Arts and the Performing Arts. The Learning Support Team can provide students with the skills and support to achieve their academic potential. Seaford develops well rounded, articulate students who have the confidence to succeed. Seaford also provides excellent pastoral care and careers advice to support students through their teenage years.
Seaford is an academic, non-pressurised environment where students find they excel at their subjects. Lewis Sampson, Lower Sixth, joined the school this year: ‘I feel that the staff really know and understand me here at Seaford. It’s motivating and the one to one focus is really helping me achieve my academic and sporting potential’. Lewis plays rugby for Seaford and London Irish and is planning to pursue a professional rugby career. Holly Graham, Upper Sixth said: ‘Seaford gave me the freedom to flourish which allowed my talents to evolve; Seaford has allowed me to be what I want to be’. Holly is planning to be a professional opera singer and recently appeared with Gary Barlow. She is also a talented fashion designer and artist.
Seaford’s Head of English, John Doy, is Head of Academic Enrichment and his role is to help the academically gifted to reach their full potential. In his role he coaches students through the Oxbridge application process, has set up a mentoring system allowing students to have one to one time with the Head of Department in the subject they are specialising in, and the chance to be stretched beyond the curriculum in their subject. His role is essentially to stretch the academic scholars at Seaford. Alex Hodson, Upper Sixth, who plans to read Medicine added: ‘Seaford stretches us academically but there is no pressure. I really enjoy exploring ideas with my mentor and the extra work I do that is beyond the curriculum is really stimulating. I feel supported to do well and achieve my full potential.’
Seaford encourages all students to be part of a team, no matter what they are interested in. It doesn’t have to be sport; the role they play in a team is extremely valuable learning for their development. John Green encourages all levels of talent in music, performing arts, sport, art, CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Young Enterprise, community projects and debating. In sport, mass participation is fundamental; the focus is not solely on the 1st teams – matches are organised for all abilities to allow students to experience the benefits of playing competitively.
Seaford offers full boarding, weekly and flexi-boarding. The Upper Sixth boarding in Heden has been designed to help prepare students for life at University. The design is similar to university halls and students have their own bedrooms and independence with house parents to support with study and getting into university. Breege Jinks, Seaford’s Deputy Head Academic, believes that the support they receive leads to academic success: ‘We offer what I consider to be a ‘perfect model of parenting.’ The boarders eat good food, exercise regularly, and have dedicated prep time with access to many different subject teachers for academic support. This has definitely translated into students achieving their potential.’