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
What is your dream job?
I would love to be a politician. I’ve grown up in a politically active family, and my country, Serbia, has had a lot of political ups and downs.
What are you doing this autumn?
I would love to go to university to study Politics and International Relations.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation?
I worry about the future employability of our generation. There are fewer jobs for young people, and not just in the UK, Eastern Europe is very affected by this problem. In the UK the gap between the poorest and the richest is widening. Not all people are given equal opportunities, and good education is not accessible for everybody.
What is the one thing that really annoys you?
What really annoys me is how young people ignore the problems around them. Young people are too focussed on their own problems, and they don’t see what’s happening in the outside world. Now we are old enough to get involved; our time is coming to be responsible for those older and younger than us. The future is very near.
If you could say one thing to the Prime Minister what would it be?
I would ask him about the solutions to problems such as the employment of young people. I think he should have a proactive approach and encourage entrepreneurs. I think the Prime Minister should make education more accessible and shorten the gap between private and state education, by raising standards in state schools.
Do you have a role model and if so who is it and why?
My role model is ex-Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjić, who was assassinated in 2003. He was the first person to have a pro-European approach and to enforce it. He bought Serbia closer to Europe. Also, my dad, Goran Ćirić, has been in politics for the last twenty years and is the Serbian equivalent of an MP. He is in the democratic party and was the mayor of our town for four years. He was head of Post Serbia, the Serbian Royal Mail, and he is very respected for what he does.
What are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about education and politics. I am going to an educationally challenging degree in Politics, and I want to help establish Serbia in the international arena. I’d love to go to Exeter University and then do a Masters, and after that go home and get politically active. I want to get engaged with political youth groups, and then move onto the main party.
For how long have you boarded at Seaford?
For seven years, as a weekly boarder. I am now in the Sixth Form studying A Level Geography, Business Studies and PE.
What was it like moving away from home to board?
I started boarding when I was 11. When I first arrived they made it clear that students do get homesick, but there were just so many things to do all of the time, I got distracted from ever feeling homesick. It was really nice, I really settled in very quickly, it’s like a massive sleepover and I really enjoyed it. Boarding makes you a lot more organised, and all the facilities you need are onsite, which is fantastic.
How does boarding at Heden Hall compare to your experience of boarding at the other houses?
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, Continue reading
Where are you from?
Just outside of Guildford.
How long have you been at Seaford?
This is my seventh year at Seaford.
Why did you choose Seaford?
The sport is really good, and Seaford’s academic focus and individual attention is great.
What do you like about Seaford both from an academic and an extra-curricular perspective?
There is a massive range of extra-curricular activities, from sport to CCF 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.
What are you studying?
A Level Geography, Business Studies and PE.
How have you found the transition from GCSE to A Level?
I’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, I’ve really enjoyed it because I love the subjects I study, and you get to go into them in a lot more depth.
How do you balance you studies with your rugby? Do you train every day?
During the season I will train every day, 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 ½ hours in Heden every evening, so I will get my work done. I have been able to balance my workload and my rugby; but if the teachers find out that you are slacking they will take you aside and try to help you. You really learn how to balance your life, which is great preparation for university.
Do you enjoy being captain of the 1st XV? What are you learning from the role?
I really enjoy it! I’ve enjoyed seeing Continue reading
Tony Phillips has been a houseparent of the Upper Sixth boarding house Heden Hall for the last ten years. During this time, he has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of many students, with one former pupil describing him ‘as possibly the most inspirational person I have met in my life.’ Another former student said: ‘he gave me the confidence and the drive I have today; I could not be where I am today without his help and guidance.’
How does one become an ‘inspirational’ houseparent? We caught up with Tony Phillips to find out, and to discover what life is like for students who board at Heden.
What is the most important thing about your role as a houseparent?
I see my first and fundamental priority as ensuring that each and every student comes through the Upper Sixth safely and happily. By safely I mean that they are not subjected to any forms of bullying or any negative or detrimental peer pressure, and by happily I mean that they are achieving their potential. My overall role is to make sure that they achieve their academic potential.
What do you enjoy about being a houseparent?
I make a difference to the lives of young people, and I make a positive difference to the lives of the individual. It’s the best job in the school. Part of my role is about moral leadership. I try to make the students believe that in order to get fulfilment, it is important to live their lives not just for themselves, that they must strive to help others. There is no fulfilment in living life for oneself. As humans we have a duty to right wrongs, serve man, and do justice.
How do you go about being a houseparent?
I do try to treat the students like adults. In that way there is a sense of empathy, and we build up a feeling of trust. I like to converse rather than dictate. So I will explain why they can’t do something and the consequences of their actions, rather than telling them simply ‘no.’ I also have an open door policy; the students know they can come to talk to me with a degree of confidence, and there is always the support of the excellent pastoral staff.
What opportunities are there for boarders at Heden?
There are opportunities for leadership in the Heden Cabinet, which is a student body we have in the boarding house. They meet and come up with various ways of changing the environment around them. I appoint students to various roles: head of a particular wing, head of a corridor, head of social events, head of international students and fulltime boarders. Everyone’s views are heard. Full-time boarders go Continue reading
Seaford College is broadening the curriculum and offering A Level Law for the first time this year. In September the course had 2 students and this has grown in popularity to over 10. Tony Philips, Head of Year 13, History & Law teacher said: “The students are really enjoying the challenges of studying Law”. Ellie Syrett chose Law because she was interested in doing something new, she said: “The course is brand new for everyone; there is something nice about all starting the course on the same page”. Ellie is considering a career in Animal Rights Law. She said: “Mr Philips is great; he has a different approach to teaching. His style is more of a lecture than a lesson, he treats us like grownups and that makes us want to work to the best of our ability”.
Joe Doyle wants to produce music and sees the benefits of studying Law. He said: “Law is very useful in any career choice. Mr Philips is brilliant, he’s friendly and his approach makes you want to learn. He makes Law really interesting”.
Congratulations to Georgie Sims who has been appointed Head of Girls in the Middle School and Kasia Miliam as Head of Girls Sixth Form. The roles are to support the girls at Seaford and offer an immediate ‘go to’ person for the girls. Both have ambitious and exciting plans for the girls at Seaford.
1. How long have you worked at Seaford College and in what roles?
I started working at Seaford in September 2011 having just graduated from The University of Chichester. I have been teaching PE alongside many other very rewarding and enjoyable roles, such as a tutor, head of Charmandean house, assistant head of year nine and now Head of girls in the middle school.
2. When you were at school did you always want to be a netball coach?
I have played netball since I can remember. I also enjoyed helping out with some of the younger teams at my club as I grew up. I think coaching netball was where my love for teaching actually came from. Coaching the girls here at Seaford has been such an incredible experience, watching them make so much progress. I had so many compliments last season about our senior girls’ team, and how lovely they were, that it just made me so proud. I am hoping for another fantastic season this year for all teams!
3. Why is it that girls mainly play netball?
Netball is a very traditional game for girls to play across the UK. It is a fast and dynamic game that requires a high amount of speed and strength, combined with the ability to discipline your body. The game has developed a great deal in the past 10 years, with far more TV exposure and awareness. I actually found at University that the males on the course fell in love with netball and really worked hard to learn the disciplines of the game. The boys and girls here had great fun playing in the mixed netball tournament last season, which we aim to repeat this year as it was such a huge success.
4. What is your new role at Seaford and what does it entail?
I have really enjoyed my first term as head of girls in the middle school. I feel that I know the girls really well anyway, and hope that I am an approachable person to act as another level of support for our girls. We are so very proud of each and every one of them and want to ensure that their education is a very positive one! The first half term has seen a lot of nagging about uniform, but I must say that the girls really are making an effort to take more pride in their appearance. My aim is to teach them all that they do not need make up and short skirts to feel good about themselves and to have the confidence to not let these worries affect them as much as they sometimes do. It has been fantastic to start our girls meetings in the pink house, which are a great opportunity to chat openly about school life. There shall be more of this to come as the year progresses.
5. What are your key attributes that got you the role?
I like to think that I am approachable, as I have mentioned, meaning that the girls can always come to me with any worries or concerns. I genuinely care about the students and really want for them to do their best in school. I like to be really organised and hope that this will help me to plan some exciting things for the girls this year. I really give my all to everything I do and intend to make sure I do a good job looking out for our girls.
6. Did you board at school?
I did not go to boarding school, but have said on many occasions over the past couple of years how much I would have loved to have boarded at a school like this. I see how much work the girls get done during their time in the evenings and how much fun they also have; mixing all of this with spending more time with your friends; I am sold on the whole idea of boarding!
7. What is boarding at Seaford like for girls?
The house this year has had a lovely feel to it. The new ideas that Miss Prince Isle has brought to the house have taken the house from strength to strength. The quiet reading time is really working well and has helped mean that the prep time is calm and productive for all. The girls have heaps of freedom in their spare time to socialise with friends and take part in various activities. It seems a very happy and positive place to be right now, which is reflected in the fact that we are bursting at the seams.
8. Do you live onsite? If so what’s it like living at Lavington Park?
I have just moved into mansion house at the end of the summer holidays. I am so fortunate to be living in such a beautiful flat and not many people can say that they live in a mansion. The park is just stunning and I cannot wait to get a dog and really start to make the most of the grounds. The boarding house is very vibrant and a friendly place to be and I love that so many other people are on site too.
9. What events do you hope to plan in your new role?
I do not want to give too much away, but we have been talking as a school about ways that we can get the students to socialise more outside of their usual friendship group and to develop strong relationships with others. I am hoping that this will be an exciting year.
10. Your job is very busy what do you do in your spare time to relax?
My first love was netball. I am fortunate enough to still play on a Sunday in regional league, which is hard work but so very rewarding. I think it is really important to keep doing the things that you love if you can fit them in around a busy schedule. Having had to limit the amount of netball that I do has made it even more precious to me. I spent my childhood playing netball every day of the week! I also like to see friends and family whenever I can and really look forward to holiday time when I can catch up with all of the people that I go months on end without seeing.
1. How long have you worked at Seaford College and in what roles?
I joined Seaford in September 2006 to work as a maths teacher. I later became Second in the Maths Department supporting Mr Kettlewell. I have also worked on creating the Option Blocks for years 9 and 12, with the aim of enabling all to pursue their chosen subjects.
2. When you were at school did you always want to be a maths teacher?
In the sixth form I changed my mind about what I wanted to study at University, I ended up choosing Maths over Law. It was after I had finished my studies at Bristol University and then taken a gap year abroad, that I decided that I wanted to teach maths.
3. What is the most exciting thing about teaching maths?
From my point of view it has always been about the challenge of solving problems. Maths helps to develop the problem solving skills which everyone needs at some point. I find it intriguing to observe as students use what they have learnt to go on to develop strategies of their own, to tackle and overcome difficult problems. It makes me feel proud to see what they have achieved.
4. What is your new role at Seaford and what does it entail?
I will be Head of Sixth Form Girls. In short, my job will be to ensure the highest standard of girls’ care in the Sixth Form. I will be working closely together with Miss Sims. We want to strengthen the support network for all girls in the school.
5. What are your key attributes that got you the role?
I don’t know exactly! I hope that my genuine enjoyment of working with the Sixth Form came across. I have been inspired by watching our students progress through the school and become confident, well rounded individuals by the time they leave. I remain in contact with some of the girls who have left the College, and enjoy hearing about their lives at University, their aims for the future and also their reflections back on their time at Seaford. This has given me insight into our strengths, and also what can be built upon further; I hope to apply this knowledge and understanding in order to improve the overall provision for our students.
6. Your job will be very busy what do you do in your spare time to relax?
Life will be very busy! I have an adorable baby daughter; I love spending time with her and watching her grow and learn. I am making the most of the remainder of my Maternity Leave before returning full-time to Seaford in March 2015.
7. Being on Maternity Leave, do you miss Seaford?
Yes, although I love every minute with my daughter too. I have the best of both worlds at the moment: I remain in close and daily contact with some of my colleagues and I am absorbed in planning for my new role. It is all very exciting. Taking this temporary step back to care for my daughter has helped me to better appreciate the qualities Seaford has, especially its strong sense of community. Between our students, there is such a wealth of experiences and skills and cultural backgrounds, and we have a framework of extremely supportive members of staff. I miss particularly these aspects of Seaford.