Rugby 7s expert Dai Rees trains Seaford Under 18s

Dai Rees watching Seaford rugby 7s trainingAhead of the start of the Rosslyn Park 7s rugby tournament this week, the Seaford College Under 18s squad were joined for a training session by an
expert in the art of 7s rugby. Dai Rees is the Head of High Performance for the Hong Kong Rugby Union side, but he has also coached the Welsh 7s national squad. Dai was at Seaford College last week Continue reading

Former Seafordian returns to test innovative new computer system

Alex Macpherson and Seaford studentAlex Macpherson, a former Seafordian, is currently in his third year at Warwick University, studying Computer Science. He recently returned to Seaford for a research visit as part of his dissertation project.

Alex has to design and implement a project of his own choice for his dissertation, and he has focused on the education technology market, and has been developing a system that’s similar to one that Seaford currently uses, the Firefly system. We interviewed Alex about his project and his time at Seaford, which you can watch in the video Continue reading

Seaford choristers head to Voice in a Million

Music Block entrance fisheye viewOn Wednesday 8th March, Seaford College will take forty of their junior choristers to the SSE Arena, Wembley Continue reading

Seaford celebrate victory in first ever polo tournament

Seaford players during one of their matchesSeaford College performed exceptionally well at the SUPA (Schools and Universities Polo Association) Senior Schools Arena Nationals polo tournament, held at the Rugby Polo Club on Sunday 5th March. This is the biggest tournament for schools in the UK during winter, with over 50 schools taking part, including some of the biggest schools in the polo world.

This was the first ever polo tournament that Seaford College has taken part in, and both teams rose to the challenge, Continue reading

Seaford celebrates World Book Day 2017

Seaford College enjoyed a whole week of activities to celebrate World Book Day, capped off with the new Prep School Head, Alastair Brown, joining in with the costume efforts by dressing up as the famous red and white-striped explorer on World Book Day.

We kicked off the week with a Continue reading

Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day from everyone at Seaford College! Come back tomorrow to find out more about the amazing things we’ve been up to over the whole week!

 

Buy your tickets for The Pirates of Penzance

Blog ImageShiver Me Timbers… it is time for you to book your tickets for Seaford College’s forthcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance.

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The Magic of Motivation at Seaford

magician 3We are all looking for that magical key to success. How do we become successful? What motivates us to become successful and what it is success? Continue reading

Seaford Rugby and Netball tour Race Night this Saturday

Race Night LandscapeThis Saturday evening (4th March), as part of some fundraising for this summer’s New Zealand and Australia rugby and netball tour, Seaford College are holding Continue reading

Seaford’s scientists broaden knowledge before half term

Sixth Form Students at Physics LectureJust before half term, there was a flurry of activity in Seaford’s Science Department.

On Thursday evening a group of Sixth Form Physics students enjoyed a stimulating talk on black holes and galaxy formation at Sussex University delivered by Professor Peter Thomas. The students learned how the study of quasars and their associated radio jets provide strong evidence for the existence of supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies.

Friday saw a group of our most able Year 10 scientists attend Continue reading

Students take on the bike trails of Surrey Hills

Seaford pupils on Surrey Hills mountain biking tripOn Saturday the 11th of February, pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 took part in one of the regular Outdoor Education Department Mountain Bike trips to the Surrey Hills.

The riders braved the freezing cold and snow to tackle descents of “Supernova”, “Rad Lane”, “Curly Wurly” and “Barry Knows Best” trails as well as the punishing climbs in between.

This was a difficult days riding in poor conditions with deep puddles and thick mud that tested all the riders skills as well as motivation. Needless to say, no one was deterred and all those that took part tackled the trails with great enthusiasm despite wet feet and numb fingers with all agreeing that despite the driving snow and low temperature, all had come away better riders.

Even the Surrey Hills regulars commented on how the thick mud on familiar trails helped to focus technique.

The Outdoor Education department runs Mountain Biking sessions for all abilities on the Schools own purpose built skills trails on Tuesday afternoons for years 11/12 and Thursday afternoons for years 9/10 as well as regular weekend trips to local mountain Biking hotspots such as the Surrey Hills and Swinley Forest.

All students regularly taking part in Mountain Biking are required to bring their own bikes however the Outdoor Education department owns 2 “Fat” Mountain Bikes available for activity taster sessions.

Seaford pupil Will Greaves, in year 9, has been filming clips at Seaford’s Mountain Biking club, on the schools very own mountain bike trails, built by Seaford students. He put together a nice little montage of what they’ve been up to lately.

 

Seaford students win Holocaust Educational Trust competition

Seaford students James Thompson and Tom HennessyHere at Seaford, we like to create a culture where older students can inspire younger students with their knowledge and the experiences they’ve had.

Last week, A Level students Tom Hennessy and James Thompson took a lesson with the whole of Year 9, to tell them about their experience visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. The two students had the humbling opportunity to visit there late last year after winning  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

Under 15s Rugby XV into Plate Semi Final of the Natwest Schools Cup

Try for Seaford U15 Rugby XV in Quarter FinalLast Thursday, Seaford College’s Rugby XV hosted Wirral Grammar School in the Quarter Finals of the Natwest Schools Cup Under 15s Plate competition. It was a very close, thrilling game of Rugby, ending 18-15 for the hosts. Seaford College will now play Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School in the Semi Finals, week commencing 13th March.

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Getting to know Seaford’s most successful long distance runner

Olivia McDonald, Seaford's most successful long distance runnerOlivia McDonald, a Year 10 student, is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Last year, in her first year at Seaford College, she won the Sussex Schools Junior Cross Country title and also competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge, running 3km, and came third overall, the first female to cross the finish line. The first few weeks this year have been busy for Olivia. Continue reading

Seaford singers set to make professional debut

Singing 2 FinalTo make your professional debut in any walk of life is always a special moment but to do it while you are still at school Continue reading

Seaford team perform admirably at National Speaking Competition

debating finalOn Thursday 2nd February three Seaford students took part in the West Sussex Branch Final of the ESU Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for schools.

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Prep School pupils visit Tim Peake exhibition

Seaford pupil with Tim Peake poster_840x560Children from Years 2 to 5 were propelled into an excellent learning opportunity at the Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey exhibition in Chichester. This small but brilliant interactive exhibition is currently on display at The Novium Museum. The children were guided around Continue reading

Seaford 7s and Netball Tournament are huge success

Web Photo 3Seaford College hosted their inaugural Rugby 7s festival alongside their first ever Sunday netball competition at the weekend and both tournaments were a huge success.

Sixteen Schools entered the Rugby 7s Continue reading

Seaford host first Rugby 7’s and Netball Tournament

Rugby for Article 2 SmallSeaford College host a Rugby and Netball Tournament this Sunday (29th January) and both competitions are generating a large amount of interest across the country.

The Under 18’s Rugby Sevens Festival is the first 7’s Tournament that Seaford has hosted and sixteen schools are taking part.

The teams are split into four groups, with Seaford drawn in Group B alongside 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.

Meet the Head – an interview with John Green

John Green talking with students

Seaford’s Headmaster, John Green, was recently interviewed for Sussex Life Magazine, to talk about the changes he’s made over the last 3 years, his determination to continue developing the school, and helping every child to reach their academic and personal bests. Read the interview in full below. If you’d like to find out more, register for our next Open Morning for an informal tour of the school, and a chance to meet John and his senior team.

What makes your school unique?

Ambition is vital and Seaford’s number one focus is to make sure pupils attain the best results they are capable of, their personal best. Seaford isn’t the normal conveyor belt school and I believe in an all-round, inclusive and non-elitist education. This is the strength of Seaford, where pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be – as the School motto states: Reach for the Heights! – Ad Alta!

Seaford is set in over 450 acres of listed parkland nestled at the foot of the South Downs. Students benefit from this space whether Continue reading

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 Students Celebrate Best Ever A*-B GCSE Results

John Green with happy pupils Mattie Hansing, Christopher Colegate, Annabel Jeffries, Lucy Brown and Danie LowStudents at Seaford College are celebrating achieving their best ever A*-B GCSE results leading to a record number of pupils heading into the Sixth Form.

Headmaster John Green, who took up the post two years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “I’m very pleased with the progress and academic strategy we have put in place this year enabling all our students to achieve excellent results. Harry Wheeler, from Wisborough Green, achieved 10 A*s, Callum Loeffen-Ames, from Bognor Regis, achieved 6A*s and 5As, Daniel Low, from Billingshurst, gained 7A*s, 2As and a B, Mairi Donaldson, from Haslemere, gained 7A*s and an A, Daisy Hanbury, from Haslemere, achieved 4A*s, 3As and a B, Callum Easton, from Loxhill, gained 3A*s, 6As and a B, and Alex Harry from Billingshurst achieved 3A*s and 6 As. We look forward to welcoming back a record number of Seaford students in September into the Sixth Form and wish them every success as they continue their studies at Seaford.”

“In addition to the best ever A*-B result at Seaford the A*-A pass rate has increased and our impressive A*-C pass rate of Daisy Hanbury from Haslemere with her results80% has been repeated this year.  In a current environment of an undoubted toughening up of academic standards these results are particularly pleasing. Many children have achieved academic personal bests spurred on by our new Challenge Grade system and our excellent teaching. Our English and English Literature are particularly impressive, where many of our pupils have surpassed their Challenge Grade. As a proud Mattie Hansing celebrates with her proud mumnon-selective school our results indicate that our academic core is strengthening year on year enabling pupils to gain their academic personal bests. In conjunction with the strong A Level results, this demonstrates that Seaford is continuing to gather academic momentum”.

John added: “We achieved an 80% A*-B result in English which is simply phenomenal.” John Doy, Head of English said: “I’m delighted by our latest sets of results in English and English Literature which are testament to the hard work of the students and all the members of the English department here at Seaford.” Harry Wheeler, from Wisborough Green, achieved 2 A*s in English Language and English Literature. He should be congratulated on his impressive 100% pass rate in his in English papers.
Harry achieved 10 A*s and said: “It felt really good when I saw the results. All of the teachers at Seaford have given me so much support and guidance. I see Mr Doy as a mentor and he really supported me in the Debating Society. The society gave me a lot of confidence and helped me develop a good work ethic. I worked independently preparing my speeches Harry Wheelerand I’m sure these skills will help me in the future. I’m studying Maths, Further Maths, History, Chemistry and Physics at A Level and I would like to go to Oxford or Cambridge and then work in the City in Law or Accounting”. Mrs Wheeler added: “I am very proud, Harry has thrived at Seaford. Seaford gives students a balance between working hard and other things in life, helping them to keep things in perspective. Harry has high expectations for himself and I was impressed at how well his tutors knew him. They knew exactly how far to push him, but also knew when to tell Harry to take it easy on himself. I can’t praise Mr Doy enough.”

Callum Loeffen-Ames, from Bognor Regis, has achieved 6A*s and 5As. He achieved A* in English Literature and an A in English Language and the results are a great personal achievement. Callum said: “I’m really happy and I got better than my Challenge grades. It is really motivating when you see what a teacher thinks you can get in a subject.” James Passam said: “The ambition shown in his Challenge Grade report is reflected in these superb results. This is a fantastic example of how ongoing academic tracking and the review of each pupil’s learning flightpath, allied with regular communication with students, and encouragement, helps them exceed their expectations and reach their full potential.”
Callum added: “I joined Seaford in Year 9 and I really liked it. You learn to do things for yourself, not because you’re forced to. It’s really unjudgemental and you are allowed to be yourself. I’ve really enjoyed the teaching here.” Callum’s mother, Mrs Loeffen Ames, credits his competitive streak for his academic success: “Callum wants to succeed and beat his siblings!” Callum will be going into Seaford’s Sixth Form to study Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths. He hopes to study Medicine at university, and emulate the success of his sister Sasha, Seaford’s Head Girl, who last week won a place to study Biology at Newcastle University.

Daniel Low, who gained an impressive 8*s, 2As and a B in his GCSEs. He said that he was “lost for words and over the moon” with his results, which he wasn’t expecting: “the biggest surprise was Spanish.” Daniel gained 100% in one of his Spanish modules, and also in some of his English papers. Dan said that he gained immensely from Seaford’s Revision Course, where he learnt new revision techniques, such as drawing images to help him revise. He also found Open Mornings incredibly useful, where students come in on Saturday mornings for extra study sessions. His mother, Mrs Low, said: “Dan joined Seaford in Year 6 and has had such a happy time. He’s worked hard, and Seaford is the perfect environment in which to succeed.” Dan is going on to study English Literature, Maths, Psychology and History at A Level.

Headmaster John Green with Daniel Low and his proud mumJames Passam added: “The introduction of bespoke revision courses introduced early on in our GCSE teaching is undoubtedly having a positive impact. Furthermore, in the context of national concerns reported in the press regarding increasing pressures faced by young people, particularly around examination time, this year we hosted a new seminar on welfare and health for both pupils and parents. Students had talks on good nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, which is another element of exam success and helps students manage this stressful time.”

John Green added: “Seaford inspires personal ambition and success so that personal bests are achieved inside and outside the classroom. This is why I love Seaford – because our flight path is unique.” Many of Seaford’s students achieve high academic results and excel in extra-curricular activities. Callum Loeffen-Ames is a great sportsman and played hockey 1st team, the rugby A team, participated in the javelin at county level and played tennis. Daisy Hanbury, with 4A*s, 3As and a B is a key member of the choir. Callum Easton, from Loxhill, Godalming, achieved3A*s, 6As and a B, and is a talented athlete. Jaime Pardey is a key part of Seaford’s drama department, having performed in Oh What a Lovely War! and Little Shop of Horrors. Jaime is going into Seaford’s Sixth Form to study English Literature, History, Music Technology and Theatre Studies. She hopes to go into journalism, and work in radio.

Seaford achieved 100% A*-C for Art. Thomas Waller excelled achieving 100% in all four of his module in Art & Design. He is continuing into Seaford’s Sixth Form where he will study A Levels in Fine Art, 3D Design and Photography. He hopes to then study at the prestigious Central St Martin’s, one of the world’s leading centres of art and design education, where he would like to focus on his painting. He would then be following in the footsteps of Seaford’s Gabriel Monks, who last week won a place at The Falmouth School of Art after achieving an impressive A* in his 3D Design A Level with two of his modules Smiles of success from Annabel Jeffries and Lucy Brownmarked at 100%.

James Passam, Deputy Head Senior School, said: “A particular strength at Seaford is the dedication shown by teachers, and particularly tutors, insofar as the time they give in prioritising pastoral care, which underpins each pupil’s academic progress. This is a unique selling point for Seaford and something we are immensely proud of. The early intervention and support provided to each pupil enables them to develop strategies, and the confidence required, to succeed academically. We view each pupil’s time at Seaford as an educational journey from Year 7 through until Year 13, and we work with students throughout that time to tailor their educational curriculum to suit their strengths and passions, which in turn then leads to them realising personal bests both in and outside of the classroom. There are some real personal triumphs amongst these results for our candidates, and I am immensely proud of all of them for all that they have achieved.”

Seaford offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition & success is part of its DNA.