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
Tour Blog Day 7 & 8
Today was a good day… all the usual waking up for breakfast went on before we headed to the Signal Hill, right at the top of Dunedin. The sights were incredible, right across the whole city. We went straight from here and onto the Cadbury World factory tour, which lived up to expectations. We think that most enjoyed the part where they could pour their own liquid chocolate into little pots with all the toppings. Most were feeling quite full of chocolate by the end.
There was a little time to shop and buy lunch in Dunedin again before transferring to Kings’ and Queens’ High Schools for our matches. Continue reading
A 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
At 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.
But, 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
Yesterday, we wrote about the Seaford students who’d taken on the epic challenge of kayaking from Devizes to Westminster, a 125 mile race. If you missed it, you can read the first part of their story.
With their training and preparation races completed, five students from Seaford College and one from Heathfield School set off on their epic four-day challenge, kayaking from Devizes to Westminster. Henry and Cally, Ethan and Evie, and Izzy and Franny set off in their boats early on the morning of 14th April. Continue reading
Seaford held four performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, kicking off with an open dress rehearsal and then 3 nights of performances.
The show was fun and energetic throughout, with fantastic turns from the principals and the supporting cast. Sara Reynolds, Director of Performing Arts at Seaford, was thrilled with how the show went.
“I couldn’t be more proud. The work ethic was incredible from the students and the staff that were involved and the outcome was more than I could have hoped for. It is an enormous task taking on a show like the Pirates of Penzance, with a cast of over sixty students and a back stage team and everybody put in a huge amount of work. It was a great learning curve for everyone involved and I think we entertained our audiences which is what we set out to do.”
Two of Seaford’s Senior students, Zachary McArthur and Yolanda Gumpo, spoke to us about taking part in the show. “I was so proud to be part of the production,” said Zachary. “I was delighted to get the role of Major General Stanley because it was a fun part to play and enabled me to expand my acting skills in front of an audience. We got an amazing reaction from the audiences and that was wonderful after all the hard work that had gone into the production.”
Yolanda found it a great experience. “The cast ranged from Year 7’s to Year 13’s and it was great to work with students from across the school. As one of the senior cast members I enjoyed working with the younger students and helping them backstage and it was a real team effort.”
“It was an amazing performance last night – so energetic and funny. Well done. We also loved the seaside nibbles in the candy stripe bags” was one comment on Seaford’s Facebook page.
We can’t wait for the next big Seaford production!
We 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
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
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
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 80% 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 non-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 and 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.
James 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 marked 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.
Seaford College has seen a significant increase in the overall pass rate at A Level. This has led to Seaford College celebrating its impressive trend of securing students’ places at top Russell Group universities. 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: “We are delighted to have maintained our number of A* grades achieved in last year’s exams, and the A*-C pass rate at close to 75% continues to reinforce our proud academic record. Considering the undoubted increase in academic rigour from the examination boards the results this year are particularly pleasing.”
“We have a significant number of pupils heading to a Russell Group University. Jack Shaw-Pethers, from Haslemere, has achieved 3As and is heading Continue reading
Many congratulations to Sixth Former Emma Brown, who has just been appointed Head Girl at Seaford College. We caught up with her to ask her about her plans for the future, and her life after Seaford College.
What is your dream job?
I’d like to work in occupational psychology, which is about understanding the dynamics of how people work in industry, for example how they work together.
What are you doing this autumn?
I’ll be starting my A2s and getting ready for university. I’m applying to Oxford, UCL, Bristol and Bath to do Psychology or Human Sciences. Human Sciences explains more about the biological side of psychology, focussing on genetics and evolution.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation?
The concept of self-worth. If you have a good sense of self-worth you will be more confident in getting good grades, going for that job, aiming higher. Not having that sense of self-worth can Continue reading
Bill and Alana Cuthbertson have devoted the last sixteen years to Seaford College, taking on a variety of different roles at the school. Well-loved Heden Court Houseparent Alana retired at the end of the Summer Term and before she left we spoke to her and Bill about the sixteen years they have dedicated to the school.
How did you become houseparents at Seaford College?
Bill: I hadn’t even thought about being a houseparent. I came here doing rugby coaching, doing three to four different jobs, but I wanted to settle down. I was asked if I wanted the houseparent role and I said ‘houseparent, you must be joking!’ I’d been a parent before, but never a houseparent. But I took the job, and I’ve never looked back. Alana was my assistant, and then Continue reading
Seaford College Sixth Former Holly Bassett, 17, has just returned from the ISA World Stand Up Paddlesurf and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, Mexico, with a ISA World Ranking of 16th place for 2015.
The International Surfing Association hosted over 30 international teams in sunny Sayulita, who competed in surf, distance, technical and prone paddleboard disciplines. The event attracts some of best riders in the world; and the ISA are pushing hard for Stand Up Paddlesurfing (SUP) to be included in the Olympic Games.
Holly’s skill is riding waves; she competes against 4 other riders in 20 minute heats in surf conditions.
During the SUP World Championships, Holly faced both challenging conditions Continue reading
Seaford College Head Boy Harry Leleu has been at Seaford College since Year 7. A talented triathlete, he is balancing an intense training schedule with his A-Levels, and is planning to go to university to read Physics. He aspires to one day compete in the Olympic Games.
What have you enjoyed about being Head Boy at Seaford?
I enjoy responsibility and I like being a leader, like on the Charlton Chase. We won it this year and I loved going out with the boys and pushing ourselves. I like being a role model, sitting at the front of Assembly with the younger kids looking up to me. The Head Girl Sasha and I lead a team of prefects; we coordinate the rota for lunch and break time duties. Sasha and I set up peer-mentoring; last year was a trial and Continue reading
Seaford College Head Boy Harry Leleu is a hugely talented triathlete who regularly competes in races across the country. He aspires to compete at the 2020 Olympics, and has recently won one of the Chichester Corporate Challenge races, beating several older and more experienced athletes.
How did you get into triathlon?
My parents are both very sporty; my mum does yoga and my dad did gymnastics, trampolining and swimming. I was enrolled in swimming aged one, and I finished all levels of swimming by the age of 11 or 12. I could then choose to do triathlon or to continue swimming. I had never run before, but I had cycled, so I gave it a go and joined the Arun Triathlon Club in Felpham and really enjoyed it. By the end of Year 7 I was swimming, running and cycling all of the time.
When did you realise that you had a talent for triathlon?
Through the Chichester Triathlon Club I started competing in the South East Regional Series. When I was 14, I entered the South East Regional Academy, which is made up of 20 athletes between the ages of 14 to 18. The Academy runs six to seven training weekends across the summer season, and I was finding it impossible, it was so much harder than anything I’d ever done. But I realised that running was my strongest area, even though I’d been doing it for the shortest time. I was doing better in anything over 1500m; I had a lot of endurance, which is unusual as younger kids tend to be quicker.
What is your training schedule like?
Winter training is less intense, but longer. I’ll do three to four hours road biking, run three to four times a week, bike two to three times a week, and swim seven times a week. With swimming you really have to spend lots of time in the water; if I’m out of the water for two weeks it feels like I’m swimming in oil. I spend a lot of time on my technique, and I have a couple of guys who look after me. One is a lecturer in Sports Science at Portsmouth University, and he keeps an eye on the amount of running I’m doing and sets sessions for me. He sets the right pace for me, and makes sure I don’t over train. He’ll look after my running until I go to university.
What competitions do you have coming up?
This weekend I’m competing in the National Duathlon Championships, which is made up of a run, then cycling, then another run. I’d love to get into the top five, but I should make the top ten. I’ve got a two month gap after that, and then I’m competing in an Aquathon, which is a swim in an open water lake and a run. I train at Westhampnett Lake and I live close to the beach, so I’m used to swimming in open water. I’ve then got three big races, all triathlons at Blenheim Palace, Loughborough and Eton Dorny. These triathlons are organised by British Triathlon, Continue reading
On the 7th May many pupils at Seaford College will be voting for the very first time. In preparation for the General Election, the Sixth Form held a mock election with an interesting twist: they would be voting on the basis of policies, not parties.
The voters did not know what parties they would be voting for, and the candidates, Hugo Dean, Christian Disley-May, Lucas Streeter and Michael Laird, also did not know what parties they were representing. All four candidates volunteered because they are keenly interested in politics, Lucas Streeter commenting: ‘Politics is so important because it affects everything.’
Mr Phillips, who teaches History, Law and Politics and organised the Mock Election, urged the Sixth Form to vote on the basis on which set of policies they preferred. He introduced the election with a rousing celebration of democracy, explaining: ‘The election matters to anyone who believes in freedom and who believes in democracy. May 8th 1945 was when World War 2 ended, but on May 7th 1945 the guns fell silent. Seventy years on, this General Election is a celebration of democracy and freedom. 50 million people gave their lives so that we could vote. It is important, it is relevant; the result of the election decides how much tax we pay, the quality of education for a generation, it decides everything.’
Inspired by Mr Phillips’ words, the four candidates presented policies from four political parties on the key issues of Education, Economy, Law and Order and the NHS. The Sixth Form were then invited to vote on the policies they preferred, the votes were counted using the first past the post system and Mr Phillips, acting as Chief Returning Officer, read out the results and revealed which candidate had won the ‘Assembly Hall Constituency.’
Overall winner was Hugo Dean with 30% of the vote. Mr Phillips then revealed that Hugo was representing the Liberal Democrats. Christian Disley-May (Conservative) and Michael Laird (UKIP) were tied on 24%, and Lucas Streeter (Labour) gained 22% of the vote.
After the results were announced, Sixth Former Ben North said: ‘I was surprised that the Liberal Democrats won, but I think it shows how you can be swayed by a party name. It’s made me want to look more closely at the parties’ policies. I think that the Coalition have been doing a good job and five years isn’t long enough, parties should be in power for ten years.’
Headmaster John Green said: ‘The Mock Election shows that Seaford College Sixth Form students are challenging the notion that today’s youth are uninterested in politics. They really understand the importance of exercising their right to vote, when in some countries it is much more difficult.’
To watch the Mock Elections and decide which policies you would vote for CLICK HERE.
In preparation for the General Election, Seaford College’s Sixth Form held a mock election with a twist: they voted on the basis of policies, not parties. The voters did not know what parties they would be voting for, and the candidates, Christian Disley-May, Lucas Streeter, Hugo Dean and Michael Laird, did not know what parties they were representing.
Watch the videos below where the candidates outline the policies of the four main parties regarding the key election issues of Education, Economy, Law and Order, and the NHS, and decide which candidate you would vote for. Seaford’s Sixth Form were suprised with the results – will you be?
Who did you choose? Christian Disley-May was representing the Conservatives, Lucas Streeter Labour, Hugo Dean the Liberal Democrats and Michael Laird UKIP.
Follow the link to read more about the Mock Election:
Laurie Bowden, an Upper Sixth student at Seaford College, has just been selected for the England U18s hockey team. Laurie has been a pupil at Seaford since Year 9, and he progressed through the various county and regional sides to play for England U16s. He has now had the call up for the England U18s, and has aspirations to reach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It was something that the talented Sixth Form student was not expecting. Laurie said: ‘I found out two weeks ago and I was really happy, I really wasn’t expecting it. I had been ill for six weeks and unable to practice, so it was a bit of a surprise.’
Laurie is very down to earth about his success, and offered advice to those hoping to follow Continue reading
In the Winter Term Seaford students presented their engaging and atmospheric production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. We caught up with some of the cast to find out how they coped performing the notoriously difficult play, and to find out what drama is like behind the scenes at Seaford College.
Freddie Miller: Dr Faustus
Max Jukes: Mephistopheles
Chloe Gooding: Good Angel; Vintner; Old Woman
Violet Nicholls: Valdes; Robin; Devil
George Lawson: Cornelius; Rafe; Devil
Ouli Jagne: Evil Angel; Lechery; Duchess; Devil
How do you learn your lines?
• Freddie: I learn my lines in chunks. I also draw images to remind me of bits in speeches.
• Max: I learn my lines by pacing around the room, or whilst I balance different objects, like a broom, or bounce a ball. Doing two things at once really helps me learn my lines.
• Violet: I learn my lines whilst walking around the table!
• George: I usually learn my lines by recording my voice. If Violet and I messed up our lines, we could always improvise.
• Ouli: I was lucky that I had several small roles. In previous years, I’ve had loads of lines to learn. But I find that the lines come to me, they seep in during rehearsals, and I go through them before I go on. I will admit I do change the words sometimes, and yes, even Shakespeare’s!
How did you find the language of the play, and was it difficult performing such a complex piece?
• Freddie: The syntax was really hard, it was worse than Shakespeare, and there were bits of Latin. But I am always ready for a challenge. Dr Askew is brilliant as well. She’s done a PhD and that really helps, she really understands it and explains it very well.
• Max: Marlowe’s language is not as heightened as Shakespeare’s, and there’s no iambic pentameter. But there is a lot of Latin, Spanish and Greek in it.
• Violet: At first I was a bit overwhelmed, but you keep doing it more and more which helps, you learn it in performance. You remember that you’re being someone else. Also, Dr Askew helped by translating it for us. She was very good at bringing us together as a team
• Ouli: I thought all playwrights wrote like Shakespeare – I was wrong.
How did you handle the dark and complex themes of the play?
• Freddie: I wasn’t too concerned by them. My Nana was a bit concerned, Continue reading
For how long have you been a boarder?
I joined Seaford in September, so I started boarding then. I had never boarded before that, so it has been quite a big change. But I am really enjoying it, especially the social side of boarding, as I’m getting to know lots of different people.
What are you studying?
I am studying for A Levels in Physics, Maths, IT and Psychology.
What kind of activities do you get involved in at Mansion?
I do the pilates class and this Thursday we’re having a pizza and movie night, which I am really looking forward to. I’m a weekly boarder, but I do stay on the occasional weekends to take part in the trips. I went on the Continue reading
Matt Kouris is in the Lower Sixth at Seaford College. He has played for England U16s and also plays for London Irish. We caught up with him to ask him about his aspirations for life after the Sixth Form.
Why did you start playing rugby?
Rugby is in my blood. My granddad played for the Welsh Schoolboys, and so when I was four, I started playing for Farnborough Rugby Club. My nan loves it too. She comes to every London Irish training session, and brings us sandwiches for the journey home. My granddad lived and breathed rugby, so she did too.
When did you start playing for London Irish?
It was through the county side, when I was about 13.
Have you played for any other sides?
I played for England U16s. If Lewis [Sampson] wasn’t injured, Continue reading
When did you start playing rugby?
I started playing for the Under 6s at Havant. My brother played there, so I went along too.
When did you start playing for London Irish?
When I was 13 or 14.
How do you balance training sessions and matches with your academic work?
In the Winter Term, we’re playing all week, and even in the holidays we have quite a lot of training and matches at London Irish. So you’ve got to have a schedule and set a timetable to balance it all out. For example I’ll work in the evening if I’ve been training all day, Continue reading
Holly Graham is studying for her A Levels at Seaford College and is definitely one to watch for the future. She is planning an exciting career as an opera singer and hopes to travel all over the world. Holly was also lucky enough to sing the solo at the Gary Barlow concert that Seaford College Choir performed at last year.
Name Holly Graham
Hometown Shackleford, Surrey
Summary of achievements
I study at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and was presented with the prestigious Elton John Award. At the 2014 Godalming Festival, I achieved 1st in German Lieder, 2nd in Italian Aria, 2nd in Sacred song and 1st in Oratorio. I went on to win the overall Opera trophy for adults and juniors. I won a Music Scholarship at Seaford College, where I was fortunate to be the lead singer at the Gary Barlow concert in Bournemouth last year. I have also won the Fine Art prize and Most Promising Musician prize at Seaford. I have an Internship at the designer Michael Kors in New York in summer 2015, which I’m really excited about.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m very down to earth; my talents have evolved during my time at Seaford. Seaford has given me the freedom to flourish and let me be who I want to be. I’m passionate about music and art. I have been described as having an inner calmness when performing. I’m confident and gutsy; I have 2 brothers who made me do things if they knew I could do them e.g. jumping off of a rock on holiday. I was competitive with them, now I make myself do things that I know I’ll find challenging, I’m scared of regretting not doing something. I like to keep busy and have a get up and go personality; I have to always be busy so I fill my life with the Junior Royal Academy of Music, riding, art and running. I’m very relaxed and calm. I’m modest, not a diva, I find it odd to be idolised by younger students at Seaford. I’m not into self-promotion but understand the need for it.
What is it that inspires you?
Fashion designers, particularly Dolce & Gabbana and the opera singer Rene Fleming. I’m really inspired watching opera and ballet. My family inspire me, everyone is very creative and there are always lots of creative ideas being discussed. Seaford has a very creative environment and students, who inspire me every day at school. At the Junior Royal Academy of Music everyone wants to be there and the drive and desire of my peers is very inspiring.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Working as an opera singer all over the world, I’d love to make my own costumes. I’d love to combine my passion for textiles and music. I love the fact that opera in particular incorporates every art form to the extreme. The make up, wigs, costumes, lighting, programme, amphitheatre, props, set, even tickets have been designed to the highest standard. Finally the creativity in the music, instrumentalists and singers is phenomenal.
How do you like to relax in your spare time?
I don’t relax! No seriously I love riding and love horses. My horse is someone I can always talk to and I love spending time in the fresh air and countryside. It’s my zone out time for recharging. I also run which helps me relax. I find I get creative ideas during these activities.
What would be your top tip for other pupils hoping to follow in your path?
Keep every door open, try very hard at everything you do to really establish what you like and are good at. Be considerate to other people, build contacts and have as many friends as possible. If you are talented and have people on your side you’ll do well.
Follow the link to see Holly singing with Gary Barlow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdpiSXaFJoM
Follow the link to see Holly and the choir in rehearsal with ITV Meridian filming:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYjJXDufuE0
Click on the following articles to discover more about Seaford’s Sixth Form
Holly Singing with Gary Barlow
Holly Graham’s AS Textiles work