Seaford 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.
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.”