Another Year of Best Ever GCSE Results!

Proud Seaford Headmaster John Green celebrating results with Tabitha Hill, Nia Burkinshaw, Harry Thompson & Sam FrenchSeaford College is once again celebrating as students achieve their best ever results, this week for GCSE. John Green took up his role as Headmaster six years ago and is seeing his successful strategy for the school pay dividends. His focus on Academic Seaford, his restructuring of the school and the increased focus on ambition for all pupils has led to these superb results. John said: “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results for both GCSE and A Level for a second consecutive year. We have achieved our best ever GCSE grade 9-4 results (A**-C) whilst maintaining the impressive grade 9-7 (A**-A) percentage from last year. I am so proud of what we have achieved through teamwork with students, staff and parents. My academic strategy and culture of ambition is firmly embedded at all levels. The academic momentum and all-round ambition has seen success from the academically-gifted through to those that find the exam process a challenge. These results provide evidence that the College’s academic strategy, and our focus on improving teaching and learning, is having a sustainable impact.”

Seaford is an incredibly proud, sincere and honest, academically non-selective school where league table comparisons are not of importance to us. Perception is never our concern – we are only interested in each individual child realising their true academic potential. The results both at GCSE and A Level are testament that we are a highly successful and ambitious academic school, producing outstanding bespoke academic results combined with exceptional pastoral care and an ever-developing and expanding co-curricular programme.

We look forward to welcoming the highest number of Sixth Form students in Seaford’s history in the upcoming year. These students will be the first to benefit from our development of a state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre which has been completed over the summer.

Despite these superb academic achievements, Seaford has maintained its core ethos and these results were achieved in a non-pressurised environment where students have also excelled in co-curricular pursuits alongside their studies. Most importantly these results have been achieved with smiles on our students’ faces, in a happy and supportive community.

Seaford students celebrated success across our broad curriculum. Notable GCSE successes include: Tabitha Hill (from Arundel) achieved seven 9s and two 8s; Sam French (from Fittleworth) achieved five 9s, three 8s and two 6s; Thomas Jillians (from Fittleworth) achieved six 9s, two 8s and two 7s; Nia Burkinshaw (from Fittleworth) gained four 9s, an 8, three 7s, a 6 and a 5; Rufus Mackenzie (from Sidlesham) achieved three 9s, four 8s and two 7s; Harry Thompson (from Guildford) gained four 9s, an 8, two 7s and two 6s; Flora Mackenzie (from Sidlesham) achieved three 9s, five 8s and two 7s; Hannah Bramsden (from Cranleigh) gained four 9s, two 8s, two 7s, and a 5; Erin Harte (from Duncton) achieved two 9s, three 8s, two 7s and two 6s; James Blackwell (from Liphook) gained two 9s, an 8, two 7s, four 6s and a 5; Frederick Mayhead (from Chichester) achieved two 9s, four 7s and four 6s; Jack Mortimer (from Horsham) gained two 9s, two 8s and five 7s; Gemma Harriott (from Lyminster) gained a 9, three 8s, two 7s, a 6 and a 5; Charlie Jackson (from Arundel) gained four 8s, two 7s and three 6s; Jacques Newell from (Woldingham) achieved an 8, three 7s and two 6s; Olive Amin (from Graffham) achieved one 9, six 7s, a 6 and a 5; Toby Loeffen-Ames (from Felpham) gained one 9, two 8s, four 7s, a 6 and a 5.

GCSE New Grades explained

It is the performance across the whole year group that has helped us to improve our GCSE results yet again this year, with those who might have typically struggled in the classroom, or in the examination hall, able to fulfil their potential. James Passam (Deputy Head Academic) added: “As an academically non-selective school, it is vital that all of our students are able to achieve their personal bests, whatever their ability may be in any given subject. Through our careful and regular tracking of each student’s academic progress, and by developing an understanding of every student’s needs, we strive to go that extra mile and to add real value for each and every one of our students.”

 

John Green added: “My vision, when I took on the role as Headmaster, was to increase the academic ambition of Seaford and these results are testament to the personal ambition our students have. I believe that ambition pays off! I introduced Challenge Grades, a system that regularly updates students with their progress, and gives them a Challenge Grade for the end of their course. If students work hard and have the ambition to succeed, we support them in every way to achieve their results. We have a tutoring system that enables regular updates and support, and a world-class level of pastoral care that enables our students to thrive and achieve.”
John Green said: “We’ve seen superb results across all subjects. For English Language we achieved 100% grade 9-4. For biology we achieved 100% grade 9-6, triple sciences achieved 100% 9-4 and we’ve achieved incredibly strong results in music, art, dance and humanities.

Head of Science, Seb d’Agar said: “The Year 11 students put their all into getting these science results. Despite the content getting harder over the past two years, our students have risen to the challenge and should be so pleased that the hard work paid off. I am immensely proud of the students and forever thankful for the work of the science teachers for always going the extra mile for all our students. We have continued to improve our results across both tiers in the Combined Science and 73% of grades in the Triple Science were 9-7. I look forward to welcoming many of these students to our A level biology, chemistry and physics courses in September.”
George Vernon, Director–Head of Middle School added: “It comes as no surprise to me that our GCSE results this year are the best we’ve ever had; ‘best’ is at the heart of everything we do at Seaford. We share our best practice, we offer our best efforts and subsequently have been rewarded with the best set of results. Well done to each and every student in Year 11 for achieving their amazing GCSE grades and to every member of staff who has worked tirelessly to support them on this journey. Proud doesn’t come close to what I am feeling today.”

John Green added, “We take care and time to consider and support each and every pupil as an individual, which is at the heart of Seaford’s ethos both inside and outside of the classroom. We place immense value on the fact that our students across the ability range have coped with the increasing demands of the more rigorous new GCSE courses, and have done so whilst excelling as much outside of the classroom as they have within. They can all look forward to Sixth Form with a real sense of ambition and purpose.
“The teaching staff at Seaford have gone the extra mile and this is reflected in these superb results. Students commented that, ‘you couldn’t have done any more to prepare us for our exams, you’ve given us everything, it’s now down to us,’ and this filled me with great confidence for both results’ days. Students have benefited from revision seminars, an extensive revision programme, a mock examination process and true wraparound care.

“We’ve seen a 35% increase in student numbers in the past six years and we now have waiting lists for all year groups. Seaford is attracting students from prestigious prep schools in the area and these results will further cement Seaford as the potential first choice school in the area.

“Seaford’s ethos is personal bests for every child and we have various strategies to achieve this. We carefully advise Seaford students when they come into Year 9 on the best combination of GCSE subjects for them. We then advise them again in Year 12 on the best pathway at Sixth Form. At this stage, this could be an academic pathway of purely A Levels, a vocational pathway with BTECs/CTECs or a combination of the two. We want our students to get their personal bests whichever pathway they have followed, and we also saw our best ever results for our Sixth Form students last week on results’ day. Seaford is proud to offer A Levels and BTECs/CTECs and has a variety of different students in our community.”

Headmaster John Green concluded, “Our pupils are increasingly ambitious in all aspects of their education, and we are immensely proud of all of their achievements across our diverse curriculum. The superb results this year demonstrate the undoubted strengthening academic core at the school.”

 

Olive Amin from Garffahm celebrating with Headmaster John Green

Modern Foreign Languages Morning

Every year Seaford Prep School take part in a Modern Foreign Languages morning, filled with activities that celebrate languages at our school. This year their Art, Dance, Maths and Games lessons were all geared around French and Spanish.

Spanish stonesThe children got to paint Stones in Spanish. The idea was to practise the names of animals and colours and then paint them on a stone and write a brief description. The stones will be hidden around the school for pupils to find on a hunt sometime in the future. Continue reading

NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships

Jessie Schute at the NSEA Eventers' Challenge ChampionshipsThe Seaford Equestrian team had a busy and successful two days at Hickstead at the NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships. Several of our riders placed in the top ten in huge classes with over one hundred riders entered in each class. An amazing achievement.

Things don’t always go to plan when preparing for these big occasions and we lost a couple of strong team combinations due to pony illness and the sudden sale of one outgrown pony. However, Sophie Gosling stepped in at the final hour with great effort, energy and enthusiasm and rode brilliantly in all four classes over the weekend to ensure we had full team representation. She also came 4th individually in the National Novice Challenge class. Continue reading

West Sussex Youth Parliament

Daisy Watson-RumboldDaisy Watson-Rumbold in Year 11 recently attended a meeting with West Sussex MPs. Representing West Sussex Youth Parliament, Daisy had the opportunity to discuss with them the ongoing Youth Cabinet 2019 Campaigns. Some of the topics covered were knife crime and drug usage within today’s youth as well as what can be done to fight climate change.

Daisy said: “It was really beneficial to meet all the ministers and talk to them about what we think needs to happen. As the youth representatives, it’s our job to be heard. The meeting allowed us to speak about the topics we care about”.

Daisy has been chosen to be one of the environmental spokespeople for the cabinet which will be a great new experience for her. Well done Daisy!

Save the Date – Seafordstock 2019 music festival on 3 July

Seafordstock 2019Save the date! The Seafordstock 2019 music festival will be held on Wednesday 3 July from 7pm-10pm on the terraces behind Mansion.

Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and refreshments. Gates will open at 6.30pm.

Goblin Greenpower

Goblin GreenpowerSeaford College hosted a fantastic day of Goblin Racing at the weekend as part of the Greenpower series.

The Goblin initiative allows children aged 9-11 to build and race their own all-electric cars. Continue reading

A Marathon Effort

Seaford Staff complete the original marathonOver half term a group of 12 staff from Seaford College travelled to Athens to complete the original marathon from Marathon, in the North East of the City, to the Centre where they finished at the Panathenaic Stadium. This marathon effort was all part of their ongoing drive to raise money for Combat Stress. Continue reading

Seaford’s Chapel Service Focusses on our Community

Jed and Father ColinAt our Prep School Chapel Service this week, Fr. Colin spoke about community. He said: “A community is a group of people living and growing together.”

He spoke about exams and understanding how students who are currently taking exams may feel. He added: “it’s our responsibility to encourage them and to give them space if they need it. A community is about inspiring each other and sharing values.” Continue reading

Seaford College Golf Day

Our inaugural Seaford College Golf Day, held at the fabulous Cowdray Park Golf Club, did not fail in its promise to deliver a splendid occasion for everyone involved.

Seaford College's Staff TeamWith near perfect weather and the course in spectacular condition, scoring proved seasonably high with several teams well into the 90’s. Individual prizes were awarded for nearest the pin, longest drive and highest individual stableford score. Ultimately just three points separated 1st from 3rd. Our very own staff team of Will Yates, Greg Burt, James Bird and Headmaster John Green, proved worthy victors with an impressive 98 points. Continue reading

Friends of Seaford Prep Summer Fair

Prep School Summer FairA huge thank you to everyone who supported our Prep School Summer Fair last week. Everyone had a lot of fun and made full use of the wonderful inflatables on offer, and the ice cream of course!

Prep School Summer FairA special mention to Carolyn Burchell for all her effort, energy and enthusiasm organising the event. Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers for your support. Continue reading

Cybersecurity and Robotics Day

Cybersecurity and Robotics Day Year 10 GCSE Computer Science pupils spent the day at Southampton University learning about cybersecurity and robotics.

The day started with a talk from a member of the cybersecurity team at the University which covered topics such as ethical hacking, security threats and how to prevent them. Following this was a talk from a member of the Electronics Department giving an insight into the hardware and processes involved in the development of wearable technology. Finally, pupils had the opportunity to get hands on with a robotics challenge. Continue reading

A Celebratory Tea

A celebratory teaPart of the Seaford ethos is about celebrating success and personal bests and that is exactly what we did last week.

Following a momentous day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where our Equestrian Team competed against other top schools in the UK and came 2nd, our Headmaster John Green invited them and Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager, Lucy Sanders for a celebratory tea. Continue reading

Hosting the MCC

Seaford 1st XI take on the MCCIt is always a special day in the summer term calendar when we play host to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game.

Ross Donaldson, Seaford’s Cricket 1st XI Captain told us: “It’s a great privilege  having MCC here today. It’s a great honour for a lot of the young students.” Continue reading

Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Seaford Team at the Royal Windsor Horse ShowLast weekend a team of three riders represented Seaford College in the Land Rover Inter Schools Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. This is one of the most prestigious equestrian event in the world with a five star international rating and with world class riders competing. HM the Queen was in attendance and alongside the top class jumping events were displays from The Household Cavalry, carriage driving, dressage and showing.

The Seaford Equestrian team of Flora James, Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Lauren Goldsmith qualified for the Inter Schools class at the end of last year by winning our Area competition. We were thrilled to qualify as it was a long standing ambition for the team but sad to lose Lauren as the final specified three riders instead of four with all scores to count. Continue reading

What An Achievement

Waterside CLast month, a group of twelve Seaford College students completed an extreme challenge called DW – a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London. It’s for a reason that the race is known as the canoeists’ Everest.

The team had gone through a demanding training regime that involved eight gruelling races in all weathers and varying river conditions; over 1/4 million paddle strokes and running over half a marathon carrying a kayak.

Prefect Training

Prefect Training - landminesPrefects are an integral part of life at Seaford. With the new Prefects for next year having been announced, they were straight into training and team building exercises last week.

Exploring together what makes a good Prefect and the different styles of leadership, they then put the theory into practice. In teams, they were tasked with guiding each other blindfolded across a ‘minefield’ before erecting a nuclear shelter on the other side. The teams were also asked to build a raft, from selected materials, that was capable of transporting one of them across the swimming pool. Continue reading

1944 kilometers to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day

WGW Charity Bike rideOver the Bank Holiday weekend a total of 10 cyclists set off from Seaford College to cycle a combined 1944 kilometers across the Normandy coastline in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The cyclists comprised staff, pupils, Old Seafordians and parents, who visited all of the D—Day landing beaches as well as several other hugely important buildings and sites that played their part in the events 75 years ago. Continue reading

NSEA National County Championships

Seaford at the NSEAPupils from the Seaford Equestrian Team spent a couple of days at the NSEA County Show Jumping Championships representing West Sussex as the top team in our County.  Lucy Sanders, Seaford Equestrian Team Manager, reports:

There were thirty Counties in total from all over the UK being represented by each County Champion school so the competition was very tough. Continue reading

Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

Climbing at SeafordWe’re excited to announce that Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). Congratulations to Peter Bolton and his team for their commitment and hard work to support the scheme.

NICAS provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their climbing skills in order that they may gain the most out of their sport; as well as having their achievements recognised.

Peter said: “By delivering NICAS at Seaford, we aim to promote good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. Running the Scheme builds on the successes Seaford has had and will continue to inspire people to achieve their best”.

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Round the Island Race

The Needles on the Round the Island RaceSeaford College were very privileged to have a yacht donated by the Royal Navy CCF, in order to enter in the 2018 Round the Island Race. This race is a lap around the Isle of Wight – approximately 60 nautical miles against a staggering 1,400 competitors.

Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College tells us about the event.

We had been given a Sigma 38 called Amaryllis. We took the opportunity to train in it before the event over four sessions. The pupils all had to complete their competent crew course with the Navy. This is a five-day course, where they learn the ropes of yacht sailing and they completed this successfully during the Easter and May half-term holidays.

Due to such outstanding training by the Navy, our Seaford training sessions were able to focus purely on how to race. This is an incredible feat as two pupils, Dylan Kirkpatrick and Alfie Dudley Warde had previously not sailed before. It was a steep learning-curve that they both embraced with vigour and energy! Continue reading

Big Day Out

572 students, 34 activities, 32 venues across 3 counties. One Big Day Out.

This year saw Seaford’s fifth annual community action day and it was the biggest ever with unparalleled numbers of our students and staff going into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes.

Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country – it is only right that they put something back.”

Big Day Out - Hayling IslandAt Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Seaford students and staff were raking and smoothing out a path especially for winter to make it easier to walk down the farm, it’ll also enable visitors to walk further into the farm. Seaford students used re-used concrete from old building works. A proud student said “I love helping animals and it’s great to help out the community”.

Big Day Out - Staunton Country ParkYear 9 did a fabulous job at Staunton Country Park. They worked hard all day and really made a huge difference to the landscape. Betsy Vernon said: “The day was so productive with all the pupils clearing, cutting down and picking up unwanted brambles that encroach on the woodland floor. The afternoon was spent picking up litter. I am so proud of what you did and thank you to the conservation rangers at Staunton Park. The Big Day Out made a big difference for the community.”

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Harry Potter Week

children from the Prep School learn to fly on their broomsticks for Harry Potter WeekThe Prep School was a little less Seaford and a little more Hogwarts for a week as the students took part in a wide variety of Harry Potter themed activities. The children (and the teachers!) had a fabulous time.

In art, the children were asked to paint and decorate stones in the theme of HarryPainting stones Potter. Their artistic talents were showcased as they painted Harrys, Hedwigs and snitches! Continue reading

Our students tell us what their A Level results mean to them

Headmaster John Green celebrating Seaford's best ever A Level results!Best Ever A Level Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers of students head for Russell Group and 1st Choice Universities.

John Green said, “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results this year, enabling our students to go onto to their chosen route on leaving the School. Seaford is a proud academically non-selective School and no matter what pathway our students have taken, they’ve met our academic expectations at all levels and achieved their best ever A Level & BTEC results.

We caught up with some of our 2018 A Level students when they came in to open their results and heard what they meant to them. To read their stories, click on the links below:

Nico Caines CLICK HERE
Alexander Cassar CLICK HERE
Tom Hennessy CLICK HERE
Joe Hill CLICK HERE
Zac Hodson CLICK HERE
Ylvali Koch CLICK HERE
Will Morris CLICK HERE
Winston Murrin CLICK HERE
Ruby Pritchard CLICK HERE
James Thompson CLICK HERE

Hear from some of our GCSE students about how they felt on Seaford’s record breaking results day

Seaford's Headmaster John Green celebrating our best ever GCSE Results!Best Ever GCSE Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers achieve top new grade 9 score!

John Green said, “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results for both GCSE and A Level. I am so proud of what we have achieved through teamwork with students, staff and parents. My academic strategy and culture of ambition is firmly embedded at all levels. The academic momentum and all-round ambition has seen success across every quartile; we have the best results across the board, from the academically gifted through to those that find the exam process a challenge.

We caught up with some of our 2018 GCSE students when they came in to open their results. To read their stories, click on the links below:

James Anderson CLICK HERE
Rupert Blackwell CLICK HERE
Amelia Farley CLICK HERE
Fliss Hitchcock CLICK HERE
Mariella Houweling CLICK HERE
Isaac Kilroy CLICK HERE
Aquilla Matafwali CLICK HERE
Isaac Mitchinson CLICK HERE
Charlie Newman CLICK HERE
Kaj Pothecary CLICK HERE
Francesca Richardson CLICK HERE
Caelan Stanton CLICK HERE
Xenia Truman CLICK HERE
Freddie Valmas CLICK HERE
Anna White CLICK HERE
Hugo Wilson CLICK HERE