Alastair Brown is Head of Prep here at Seaford College. He brings a wealth of experience, innovation and energy to our thriving Prep School. We spoke to him recently about life in the Prep School, and why he thinks it’s proving to be so popular.
Tell us about the Prep School?
The Prep School is part of Seaford College, and we benefit from the fantastic location and world class facilities. Prep School pupils are taught by specialist teachers from the Senior School in a range of subjects including music, DT, sport, science and languages, and benefit from the specialist classroom facilities. They take part in an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities which includes weekly swimming lessons.
We offer flexible pick up times which I know is very useful for parents that work. The transition from Prep School into Senior School is seamless and we can keep continuity with a pupil. We are one school so our students don’t take the common entrance exams; this enables us to keep a broad and creative curriculum throughout the last year at Seaford Prep, which is a huge benefit to pupils’ development. All Prep is done at school with a teacher available to help students; this leaves weekends for valuable family time.
Ambition is vital and Seaford’s number one focus is to make sure pupils attain the best results they are capable of, their personal best. Seaford isn’t the normal conveyor belt school and I believe in an all-round, inclusive and non-elitist education. This is the strength of Seaford, where pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m very approachable. I believe in high quality communication with pupils and parents and I like to make myself accessible at drop off time and at the end of the day. I think that school should be fun and that academic success is a by-product of good education. This is important because children’s self-esteem in one area spills into another enabling them to express themselves and make progress. This is one of the reasons I was attracted to working at Seaford Prep; the pupils have a wealth of opportunities to be creative, try out new activities and to discover new talents.
Why is Seaford Prep proving so popular?
Seaford offers a breadth of choice to meet the needs of the whole family and our focus on the individual is proving to be very alluring. This focus is both in and outside the classroom allowing families to send all of their children to one school. Students benefit from our location; whether it’s training on our first class sports facilities; enjoying the woods at forest school; having a music lesson in the dedicated Music School or taking our pastoral dog for a walk.
It sounds like a busy two years in your role as Head of Seaford Prep, how do you like to relax?
I enjoy classical, choral, popular and jazz music and I play the trumpet. I played national league hockey and county 2nd level cricket and I take a keen interest in the sports teams at Seaford. I also enjoy relaxing with my family.
Seaford College Prep School’s Years 2-5 Open Morning is on Thursday 15th June 9.30-11.30am. Come along and meet Alastair, his team and our children. This is a perfect chance for an informal chat over refreshments and a chance to see us in action!
For more information and to register for the event, contact Jo Hitchcock, Prep School admissions secretary.
Telephone: 01798 867893
West Sussex, GU28 0NB