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.

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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

Another Year of Best Ever A Level Results!

Seaford's John Green celebrating best ever result!Seaford College has increased academic momentum as students achieve their best ever A Level results for a second consecutive year. When John Green took up his role as Headmaster six years ago, he focussed on Academic Seaford. His restructure of the School and the increased focus on ambition for all pupils has paid dividends for all students. His strategy for Academic Enrichment, challenging the More Able Learner (previously Gifted & Talented), has increased academic ambition with a record number of students heading to Russell Group Universities including Oxbridge.

John Green proudly said: “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 their chosen route on leaving the School. We’ve achieved our best ever results at grades A*, A*-A and A*-B (A Level), and Distinction* (BTEC). I’m really pleased to see that our students and teachers have risen to the challenge of the new tougher linear system for all A Levels, which makes these results even more impressive. We’ve bucked the national trend which has seen the proportion of students achieving the top grades at A Level falling to its lowest level since 2007.  This year also sees the College’s highest number of applicants going onto Russell Group Universities, including Oxbridge. Seaford is a proud academically non-selective School and no matter what pathway our students have taken, they have embraced our high academic expectations at all levels and most importantly achieved their own personal bests.”

Notable A Level successes securing 2A* and A are Ana Pantazopoulou (from the Seychelles) who is heading to the University of Oxford to read Geology, Ross Donaldson (from Haslemere) is heading to the University of Exeter to study Exercise and Sports Science, Isabel Greenwood (from Billingshurst) will read Japanese Studies at University.

Tor Pothecary (from Graffham) achieved 2A* and B and will read International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Achieving A* A and B are Tilly Lock (from Houghton) who is reading Marine Zoology at Newcastle University and Danny Linn (from Guangdong) will read Mathematics and Computer Science at University.

Securing 2As and B are Ollie Somers (from Hindhead) heading to the University Exeter to read Geography, Liza Tsvang (from Moscow) is heading to the University of Durham to read History, while Jack Doe (from Bognor Regis) will read Politics and International Relations at the University York.

Kamal Sameer (from Kuala Lumpur) gained 2As and C and will read Management with Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway, University of London. Nina Damjanovic (from Zagreb) gained 2As and B and will read Economics at the University of Leeds.
Achieving an A and 2Bs are Amelia Allen (from Petworth) who will read English Literature at Oxford Brookes University and Harry Disley-May (from Esher) who will study Marketing Management at Newcastle University.

Achieving 3Bs are Freya Brazier (from Petworth) who will read Marine Biology at the University Southampton, Josh Dawkins (from Horsham) who will study Business and Management at Sussex University and Cameron Gillespie (from Arundel) who will read History at the University of Exeter.

Emily Holden (from Woking) gained Distinction*, A and B and will study Film and Television at the University of Edinburgh. Marcello Iannucci (from Hemel Hempstead) achieved 2Bs and C and is heading to the Met Film School to study Practical Film Making.

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. Most importantly these results have been achieved with a smile on our students’ faces, in a happy and supportive community.

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 12 on the best pathway for them. 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 and whichever pathway they have followed we have seen our best ever results. Seaford is proud to offer A Levels and BTECs/CTECs and has a variety of different students in our community.

Twins Hannah and Brice Wardrop (from Bognor Regis) are perfect examples of different types of students achieving their personal bests on our different pathways; both are very smart in different ways. Hannah achieved A* A and B at A Level and aspires to head to a Conservatoire to train as an Opera Singer. She’s returning to study on our Year 14 course to prepare her for Conservatoire. Her brother Brice took advantage of our BTEC courses and gained a Distinction* and Distinction (the equivalent of A* A at A Level). Both share a common interest and enjoyed singing in our Choir.
This is the first results day for our CTEC Media students and the results have been superb with 12 Distinctions * and 3 Distinctions. A special mention should go to Emilia Osborne (from Hindhead) who took a Diploma, achieving a Double Distinction*. Emilia’s passion for the subject led to her doing additional study in her own time to achieve the Diplomas. This is a great example of the bespoke nature of the education Seaford can provide. Emilia is heading to the University of Gloucestershire to study Film Production.”

John Green said: “We’ve also seen a record number of students taking the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in their final year, this is a highly coveted award, which is greatly valued by universities. Students, alongside their demanding academic studies, also took on an independent research project in their final year. They researched a wide variety of very interesting topics, beyond the curriculum and in many ways the EPQ reflects the way students will need to independently study at university and colleges. These results show that our students are independent learners and have the creativity and curiosity to research their own projects. On leaving Seaford they are ready to follow their own academic path for future success.

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 exceled in extra-curricular pursuits alongside their studies.”
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. I’d like to wish everyone success in their future studies, employment and gap year adventures and we look forward to welcoming you back at Seaford in the future.”

 

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Updated with Funeral Arrangements – A note from Headmaster John Green

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An update on the note below from Headmaster John Green:

John Green would like to confirm that Steve’s wife Sharon has said that the dress for the funeral shall be traditional. Sharon said Steve was a biker and loved rock music so black is the colour that fits both.

A note from Headmaster John Green – posted Saturday 3rd August:

It is with great upset and regret that I write to inform you that our incredibly talented Head of Maths and immensely proud Seaford teacher Steve Kettlewell very sadly passed away on Tuesday.

The funeral shall take place on Monday 12th August at the Chichester Crematorium at 2.45pm. Post this a gathering shall then take place at the Robin Hood Pub in Bognor.

Steve’s wife Sharon has requested donations instead of flowers at the funeral. The donations will go towards St Wilfred’s Hospice and Cancer Research.  Donations can be made by making direct contact with Reynolds Funeral Directors in Bognor Regis: 01243 864745.

Our thoughts and prayers remain firmly with Sharon and the entire family during this incredibly difficult and upsetting period.

Yours sincerely,

John Green

Headmaster

 

All Seaford’s paddlers qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend!

DW picWaterside D, the final gruelling and demanding preparatory race was held last week over 34 miles and 35 portages – day 1 of DW (Devizes to Westminster). This race held particular significance as to guarantee a place on the DW start line, this race needed to be both completed and also in under 9 hours.

After a successful 12-mile training session last weekend and a swap around of Will & Barney, the now familiar and strong partnerships departed Devizes in 2 groups around 20 minutes apart at just after 7am. In front of them lay 16 tough miles upstream without any portages, the dark Bruce Tunnel under the Savernake Forest, a grumpy swan just before Pewsey and 35 portages – 5 of which fall within the same mile – and the inevitable increase in ‘amateur’ narrowboat traffic, not to mention the energy sapping remaining 18 miles.

All boats set a demanding pace in the early stages with little to separate them time-wise for the initial 10 miles; the brutality & severity of portages after Pewsey around Wootton Rivers and Crofton Pumping Station, where the Kennet & Avon changes to flow with the race started to take its toll and the boats started to move apart. The race between the 3 boats in the latter group kept on at a ferocious pace until just before Hungerford, Beth & Coni suffered a rudder failure being that they had to stop for repairs but, once back on the water, they continued their pace. Shortly after Hungerford, having caught Zoë & Fliss & trying to stay with them, Ben pulled a muscle in his back forcing him to retire, meaning that after a long stop, Barney had to carry on in a K1 until eventually retiring just before Kintbury.

Ahead of them, Henry & Archie continued pounding away at the mileage, opening up a gap on the other 2 boats leaving Will & Ollie and Mark & Kaj to battle it out between them with Mark & Kaj eventually pushing ahead of Will & Ollie, for whom this was a huge step up from their previous maximum of 18 miles, having both been ill previously.

An astonishing race by all paddlers who all qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend. Particular mention must go to both the Junior Ladies K2 pairings who came in 5th & 7th in around 7 hours but honours must go to Zoë & Fliss who came an astonishing 2nd in the Waterside Series against opposition that has been together for considerably longer and beating the third place opponents by over 1.5 hours!! A huge congratulations!

As previously stated, this is an incredible squad that is able to combine competitiveness seamlessly with team spirit and all in aid of raising funds to help their extraordinarily brave & positive friend, Ellie Holt who is still incarnated in RSCH, waiting for a spare in the Intestinal Failure Unit in Southampton prior to going to the US for life changing treatment https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/get-ellie-eating

As always, a huge thank you to all the parents & support teams and to Charlie Lunt and the coaching team.

 

Real Tennis at the Queen’s Club

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Returning to defend his title, Gus James narrowly missed out on claiming the National Schools Real Tennis Award today as he partnered Henry Sunderland at the Queen’s Club, London yesterday. Matthew Pitteway reported: “Gus won the event last year when he partnered Monty (leaver 2018) and looked in good form in the first match – a fairly comfortable win over the Oratory School. The second game against Wellington was another fairly comfortable win and we seemed on course to win our division with some ease.

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Our last league match against a youthful St Paul’s team started promisingly as we won the first game. However, some excellent play by their pair and some poor shot selections and executions by Gus and Henry saw us lose pretty quickly 6-1 (although four of the games went to deuce).

We qualified as runner up in our division and played Canford in the semi-final. We played superbly and won that game comfortably 6-4 setting up a final against ………. St Paul’s (again).
We had high hopes that the final would bring out the best in our pair and the nerves in our opponents but that was not the case and (like the earlier game) St Paul’s won the final 6-1.

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Well done to both Gus and Henry for playing so well and getting so close today. We were one of the youngest pairs at the tournament and this bodes well for the future!”

 

Seaford is hosting Petworth Literary Week with Max Hastings Vietnam event

SeaforImaged College is hosting the Petworth Festival Literary Week for the Max Hastings Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 event, on Sunday 4th November 3.00pm – 4.00pm in the Johnson Centre, Seaford College.

 

Follow the link for full information and online booking:  https://www.petworthfestival.org.uk/max-hastings-vietnam.html

The Festival organisers are very kindly offering a discount to Seaford families for the Max Hastings event: they can book online or by telephone (01798 344576) and the code is MHVSC.  It entitles parents/guardians to a 20% discount and accompanying Seaford pupils/siblings are free.

 

https://petworthfestival.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173589968

 

Times for Church Services – an update from Seaford’s new Chaplain, Fr Colin

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Father Colin would like to share times for Church Services at St Peter’s Chapel, Seaford College:

Chapel Service

Prep School – weekly Wednesday 9am

Senior School – bi-weekly Monday 9am

 

Communion Service

Every Tuesday 4.15pm in St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

for all students, staff & parents

 

Morning Prayer

St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

Mon-Fri 8am for all students, staff & parents

 

Evening Prayer

St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

Mon-Fri 5pm for all students, staff & parents

 

Choral Evensong

Tuesday 9th October

6.30-7pm

St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

For all students, staff  & parents & open to the wider community. All welcome.

Choral Evensong will take place on one evening, every half-term.

 

Information about Christmas Services to follow.

A balancing act for Seaford alumnus Harry Leleu

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Old Seafordian, Harry Leleu, features in a BBC article looking at athletes achieving success in sport and classroom.

He tells them “Meeting the demands of studying for a degree in physics is taxing. Marrying that with a grueling training schedule necessary to compete at the top level is therefore only possible with a great deal of focus, organisation and self-discipline, alongside a strong support network.

“With a sport such as triathlon with three disciplines, you can be doing up to 30 hours of training per week, which means time-management is paramount.

“Surrounding myself with like-minded people has a positive impact. Sharing a house with other performance sport athletes means we all study, train, eat and sleep around the clock. We all have a clear understanding of what the other is trying to achieve and we help each other achieve that.

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Inspirational speaker James Shone gives impactful presentation at Seaford College

3A3A6208webWe were fortunate to welcome James Shone, an inspirational speaker, yesterday to give a talk to the Middle School (Years 9-11) during their personal development time. The talk formed part of Seaford’s Personal Development Programme which focusses on building self-awareness, personal responsibility and independence in our pupils. Kevin Rich, Head of Year 9 organised the talk and introduced James by saying: “I worked with James 20 years ago out in Kenya and he was always an inspirational teacher in the classroom. After a life changing experience he is now an inspirational speaker and I’m sure you’ll all get a lot out of the talk today.”

James (who has the charity icanandiam) was a wonderful communicator and shared his remarkable personal journey. Having discovered he had a brain tumour aged 39, it completely changed the course of his life. He spoke about looking up when life derails you, always looking forwards as there are always endless possibilities in life. He said: “The past is a teacher but not a great master, don’t hold onto the past, move on.” He then quoted Sir Winston Churchill; “In adversity you can choose to give up or get up and go and do something and not bow down to self-pity”. James summarised: “Look up forward and out and not down, back and in.”3A3A6156web

James then discussed teenage mental health and the negative impact that social media can have. He then used the ‘icanandiam balloon’ to discuss the idea of inflating balloons of self-belief. He spoke about how our students can inflate their balloon through; feeling they belong, feeling valued, feeling good about something and feeling secure about their future. If you have an inflated balloon, it helps you navigate the ups and downs of life and ultimately builds resilience. He said that more than A* grades or First Class degrees, resilience is what employers are looking for in candidates.

He added that setbacks in life are a springboard to refine and reflect and to build resilience. His parting message was to have the right attitude, dream big, and make your goals realistic. Remember how many good things you have in life and look at what you’re good at, do what life made you to do and that th3A3A6279webe future isn’t just about making money. “The journey of life is our choice, choose to believe you can and that you are of value.”

At the end of the talk whilst thanking James, Kevin Rich added: “There are two stand out messages from today that I’d like you all to think about. Firstly, find your passion and act upon it. Secondly, work together to be part of a school that supports mutual encouragement, be supportive and collaborative with each other.” He later thanked James on Twitter, “for an incredibly impactful and authentic presentation, our students loved it.”

George Vernon, Director of Middle School reflected on the talk and said: “I have the greatest respect for James Shone and I found his talk utterly life affirming. He reassured us about some cherished morals3A3A6272web, instinctive values and the importance of mental resilience, which are so easy to forget in this fast-paced modern world. The impact and influence that James had on both pupils and staff was literally mesmerising; the whole of the middle school sat totally transfixed by James’ story, one that taught them how to face the daunting prospects of some of life’s most brutal challenges. His speech was both heart breaking and harrowing, but ultimately James’ audience left the auditorium enraptured with a strange sense of elation. No matter what life throws at you, there is nothing that you cannot overcome. I can and I am! These lessons will no doubt become more and more clear to our pupils in the future, whichever route they have to take.”

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You can learn more about James from his website http://www.icanandiam.com or find him on Twitter @JukesShone

Video of Princess Margaret’s attendance at Billy Wallace’s Wedding at Seaford College

Chapel3webSeaford College featured in the BBC programme, Princess Margaret – The Rebel Royal.  We’ve found video footage from the wedding she attended courtesy of Pathe News.

 

 

 

 

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Various shots of arrival of guests, including Princess Margaret and Lord and Lady Cowdray, to Billy Wallace’s wedding at Lavington, Sussex. Arrival of attendants James Hoyer Millar, Rosanna Pearson and Charlotte Brand. The groom Mr Billy Wallace arrives and then the bride Elizabeth Hoyer Millar with her father Lord Inchyra. Various shots of the bride and groom leaving the Church of St. Peter’s Lavington and pushing their way through small crowd and some pressmen. They get into car and drive off. More shots of the guests outside the church, choir boys, Princess Margaret, bride and groom arriving, leaving the church, etc.

Date found in the old record – 22/10/1965.

There is no sound on this video.

Seaford Welcomes New Chaplain

Licensing with Bishop of ChichesterwebSeaford College had the pleasure of welcoming Father Colin Datchler as Chaplin at Seaford at the beginning of term.  During his first week, Father Colin was licensed to be Chaplain at Seaford College by The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester in Seaford’s Chapel.  The service was described by Angela Thornley (Headmaster’s PA) as: “Magical, you could really feel the love in the Chapel.  There was a cross section from the community from his former parish and his new community at Seaford College. He also had strong support from his family and Bishop Martin was very engaging.”

Jo Browne (Seaford’s Secretary) added: “It left me with a warm fuzzy feeling, it left you glowing.  It was such warm atmosphere and very uplifting.”

 

Father Colin’s character and personality came across on the first day of term when he was caught practising the art of photobombing as parents were taking first day photos outside the Johnson Centre!

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Father Colin has a keen interest in rugby and is planning to do some coaching at Seaford in the future.  He met the 1st XV as part of his induction to Seaford.

 

 

 

A recent Prep School Chapel Service had a very interesting theme.  Father Colin explained;”It was about standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us here at Seaford.  It’s easy to look at the people at the top who are in the seemingly glamorous positions, but each person in that pyramid had a vital and important role.  Knowing we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us means we 1) benefit from their experience, 2) inherit their traditions, and 3) means we are connected to them in some way.”

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Headmaster, John Green welcomed Father Colin and added: “We are very fortunate to have Father Colin join us, he has a wealth of experience working with young people and he has ambitious plans to be part of the Seaford community in his role as Chaplain.”

Best Ever GCSE Results!

Hugs at Seaford with Fliss Hitchcock & Mariella HouwelingBest Ever GCSE Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers achieve top new grade 9 score!

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 5 years ago and is seeing his successful strategy for the school pay dividends, with the best ever A Level and GCSE results. 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 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.

Seaford's Headmaster John Green celebrating our best ever GCSE Results!We look forward to welcoming the highest number of Sixth Form students in Seaford’s history in the upcoming year, with not only a record number of returning students but a record number of new entrants. 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 extra-curricular pursuits alongside their studies. Most importantly these results have been achieved with a smile on our students’ faces, in a happy and supportive community.”Seaford students celebrated success across our broad curriculum.
Mariella Houwelling with Seaford's Headmaster John Green & Fliss HitchcockNotable GCSE successes are: Felicity Hitchcock (from Alton) achieved six 9s, two 8s, 7 & 6. Kaj Pothecary (from Graffham) secured five 9s, two 8s & three 7s. Tomas Urnes (from Liss) gained four 9s, four 8s & two 7s. Eleanor Harper-Colman (from Chichester) with three 9s, three 8s, three 7s & 5. Rupert Blackwell (from Liphook) achieved three 9s, two 8s, 7, two 6s & two 5s. Francesca Richardson (from West Ashling) gained three 9s, 8, three 7s, 6&5. Max Bracewell (from Rugwick) with three 9s, 8, two 7s, two 6s & 5. Sophia Plaar (from Midhurst) achieved two 9s, four 8s, two 7s & 6. May Schofield (from Emsworth) with two 9s, four 8s, 7,6 &5. Mariella Houweling (from Chichester) two 9s, two 8s & six 7s. Charlie Gyles (from Graffham) achieved two 9s, two 8s, two 7s, three 6s &5. Lucy Pearce (from Petworth) with two 9s, two 8s, 7 & four 6s. Hugo Wilson (from Godalming) gained two 9s, two 8s, three 5s and two 4s. Caelan Stanton (Bognor Regis) from achieved two 9s, 8, two 7s, two 6s, 5. Isaac Mitchinson (from Loxwood) secured two 9s, six 7s, 6&5.

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.”

Seaford's Headmaster John Green celebrating with teachersJohn added, “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 exam process and true wrap-around care.”

John Green said, “We’ve seen superb results across all subjects. English Language and English Literature have achieved phenomenal grade 9 results, bucking the national trend. English Language achieved 19% grade 9, and 23% Grade 8, with 42% of our students achieving the equivalent of what was the old A* grade in English. Impressively, 85% of students achieved 9-6 (A*-B) in English Language.” For English Literature we achieved 24% grade 9, and 15% grade 8, with 39% of our students achieving the equivalent of what was the old A* grade, with 77% of our students achieving English grades 9-6 (A*-B). For individual sciences we achieved 33% Grade 9, 44% Grade 8, which means 77% aSeaford's Head of English Hayley Johnson celebrating with her teamchieved what was the equivalent of the old A* grade with 100% achieving grades 9-6 (A*-B). When you take into account that the national average this year for students achieving grade 9 is 4.3% we have excelled and once again bucked the national trend.”

Head ofSeaford's Head of English Hayley Johnson (left) couldn't stop smiling today! English, Hayley Johnson couldn’t stop smiling today and said, “I didn’t think we could better the results from last year! This is down to a dedicated hardworking team and the hard work and ambition of students. The school culture of learning and the excellent pastoral support across the school is world-class.”
Ameila Farley celebrating with Head of Year 11 Joe FollowsJoe Follows, Director of Sixth Form (previously Head of Year 10 &11 for this GCSE cohort) proudly said: “Having supported the students through the entire GCSE process from the start of Year 10 right through to ‘the brown envelope moment’ that I quoted in my first assembly with them, I am absolutely thrilled to see the results of all the hard work the students and staff have put in. My tutors and I have ensured that the students have had clear aims and challenge grades throughout. We have been supportive in all their academicSeaford's Head of Year 11 Joe Follows celebrating Seaford's best ever GCSE Results lessons, whilst maintaining the wide variety of extra-curricular activities offered! I’m so proud, I couldn’t be happier today and excited for the next two years in Sixth Form.”

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 forwards to Sixth Form with a real sense of ambition and purpose.

“We’ve seen a 35% increase in student number in the past 5 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 or a combination of the two. We want our students to get their personal bests whichever pathway they have followed, and we have also seen our best ever results for our Sixth Form students last week on results day. Seaford is proud to offer A Levels and BTECs and has a variety of different students in our community.”

Rupert Blackwell with Seaford's Director of Sport Liam DoublerHeadmaster 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.”

 

 

 

Seaford College offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition and success is part of its DNA.Fliss Hitchcock & her mum celebrating at Seaford College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Ever A Level Results!

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Seaford College is celebrating as students achieve their best ever A Level results. This is the first cohort to come through to A Level from Year 9, when John Green took up his role as Headmaster five years ago. John’s focus on Academic Seaford, his restructure of the school and the increased focus on ambition for all pupils has paid dividends for all pupils. 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. I’m really pleased to see that our students and teachers have risen to the challenge of the new tougher linear system for A Levels, which makes these results even more impressive. 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 exceled in extra-curricular pursuits alongside their studies. Most importantly these results have been achieved with a smile on our students’ faces, in a happy and supportive community.”

Seaford students celebrated success across our broad curriculum. Notable A Level successes securing 2A* and an A are:

Tom Hennessy (from Cranleigh, heading to Durham to read History), Joseph Hill (from East Dean, heading to Warwick to read Maths & Physics), Zac Hodson (from Arundel, heading to Bristol to read History), Ylvali Koch (from Mexico, is heading to university after an internship at BMW), William Morris (from Graffham, heading to Bath to read Biology) and James Thompson (from Guildford, heading to the University of Birmingham to read History).

Holly Gyles (from GraHeadmaster John Green celebrating Seaford's best ever A Level results!ffham) achieved A*AA and is heading to University of Birmingham to read Sports & Exercise Science. Alex Herghelegiu (from Romania) secured 2As & 2Bs. Josef Amin (from Graffham is reading Biological Sciences) & Kristina Pintar achieved 3 As. Winston Murrin (from Fernhurst) gained A*,AB and is heading to Exeter to read History. Alfie Ransom (from New Malden) secured 2As and a B. Helena Kingdon-Butcher (from Bognor Regis) and Ruby Pritchard (from Midhurst who is heading to the University of Birmingham to read English) have achieved A* & 2Bs. Eddie Gammon (from Chichester) gained A & 2Bs and is going to Bournemouth University to study Product Design. We have a record number of students heading for Russell Group and 1st choice Universities and we wish them success in their future studies.”

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 Joe Hill with Seaford's Head of Maths celebrating top results in Further Maths & Maths at Joe's favourite place, the piano!students to thrive and achieve. Joe Hill is a great example of a student who has achieved fantastic results at Seaford and gained an A* in both Maths and Further Maths with an impressive 100% pass mark in a large number of his modules.”

John Green said, “We’ve also seen a record number of students taking the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in their final year with an incredible 80% achieving the top A* & A grading. This is a highly coveted award, which is greatly valued by universities. Students, alongside their demanding academic studies, also took on an independent research project in their final year. They researched a wide variety of topics beyond the curriculum and in many ways the EPQ reflects the way students will need to independently study at university and colleges. These results show that our students are independent learners and have the creativity and curiosity to research their own projects. On leaving Seaford they are ready to follow their own academic path for future success.

James Thompson celebrating his impressive results with Seaford's Head of History James GisbySeaford’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 12 on the best pathway for them. This could be an academic pathway of purely A Levels, a vocational pathway with BTECs or a combination of the two. We want our students to get their personal bests and whichever pathway they have followed we have seen our best ever results. Seaford is proud to offer A Levels and BTECs and has a variety of different students in our community.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl are perfect examples of different types of students achieving their personal bests on our different pathways; both are very smart in different ways. Nicholas Caines achieved 2 Distinction* in BTEC Business Studies & Sport and a B in A Level Geography. He’s an accomplished sportsman, playing a key role in Seaford’s rugby teams and winner of the Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby’ Cup at Seaford’s Annual Sports Awards. He aspires to work in agriculture and is heading to Harper Adams to study Agriculture. Our Head Girl Holly Gyles achieved A* A Level PE & 2 As Biology and Business Studies and is heading to University of Birmingham to read Sports Exercise and Science. Holly is also an accomplished sportswoman and fulfilled a big role with her commitment as Head Girl in her final year.”

Diana Strange, Seaford's Director of Pastoral Care with Ruby Pritchard and Poppy Seaford's Pastoral dog!
Other notable successes include Alexander Cassar who achieved 2 Distinctions and a B in A Level Geography and is heading to Oxford Brookes University to read Geography, Finn Stovold achieved 3 Distinction* and is heading to St Mary’s Twickenham to read Sports Management. Imogen Dixon achieved a Distinction* and a Distinction and is heading to West London to study Event Management.
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.”

Seaford College offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition & success is part of its DNA.

Book your tickets for Beauty & the Beast JR

Social media posterJoin us for our Prep School production of Beauty and the Beast JR.

Email bookings@seaford.org for your FREE tickets.

 

Elliot Brown makes his England debut!

DSCF6878Congratulations to Elliot Brown who made his England debut on Sunday for the England PD Lions squad.  His mum Miranda said: “It was a very proud day!”.

Seaford’s Head of Cricket, Chris Adams added: “I was very proud when I heard that he’d been selected for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. Elliot is a joy to coach and a real talent. He’s the type of student that works hard at everything he does and I’m sure he’ll put everything into following his dream to make the England Lions squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.”

Follow the link to read more about Elliot’s inspirational story: https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/steyning-teenager-defies-expectations-to-play-international-cricket-1-8490842

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Iris meets HRH The Countess of Wessex with her voluntary work with Dementia Support

Iris Randall (SageHouse HRH-212webfrom Year 7) had the exciting opportunity to attend the launch of Dementia Support in Chichester.   Iris was invited to attend the royal opening with Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex because of her volunteering work.

Her mum, Becca proudly said: “she is a volunteer and also successfully named part of the hub (“Forget Me Not Lane”) and as a result was asked to attend the royal opening of Sage House, and give the HRH Countess of Wessex a present.   Dimentia charitywebShe did a wonderful job and also made endless cups of tea for people with dementia and ran tours of the Dementia Hub to people including county councilors, nurses, High Sheriff etc.  She even received a hug from her Royal Highness!”

John Green added:  “It was a very proud and most deserving experience for Iris.  Community work is very much part of the ethos at Seaford and it’s good to see students giving time to important causes”.

Lesley-Anne Lloyd from Sage House said: “Iris Randall is a very special young lady with a very mature understanding of dementia and a real interest in supporting those living with the disease & their families. We are very proud of how Iris is already involved with our very special House. Having Iris as a youth ambassador is invaluable to us.”

Get tickets for Seaford’s first Dance Show in the Johnson Centre

We can’t wait for our first dance show next week at Seaford College. Steppin’ Out is on 22nd May at 7pm in the Johnson Centre at Seaford College.

To book your tickets email Bookings@Seaford.org Tickets are £5 for adults, students are FREE!

The show will feature a variety of pieces in a wide range of styles including, jazz, contemporary and ballet. It will be a showcase of all of Seaford’s extra-curricular clubs and some GCSE classwork with students from years 4-11 performing.

Here’s a video showing an advanced contemporary dance workshop held recently in Johnson Centre with ella&co. Ella Fleetwood inspired our Year 10 GCSE dance students to broaden the scope of their dance education. The workshop allowed them to explore a different style of contemporary dance.

 

Seaford College’s Charity Bike Ride to Commemorate the Great War Centenary

file-3 webIn support of Help for Heroes, and in order to commemorate the Great War centenary, a group of ten Seaford College staff, parents and former pupils made the journey to Old Seafordian grave sites. A total of 270 kilometres were covered by bike and minibus over the weekend, spread across Nothern France and Belgium.

A total of 11 cemeteries were visited over the Saturday and Sunday, and a small cross bearing the school crest left behind at each in a small ceremony, with a reading of the school prayer.file3 web

From the 35,000 soldiers commemorated at Tyne Cot to the few hundred at Tranchett de Mecknes, the graveyards and memorials were beautifully maintained and deeply moving. The visit to the Menin Gate coincided with the Belgian ‘European Day’ and the special ‘Last Post’ service reflected the depth of feeling of those involved.

The cycle ride replaced the annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ bike ride as a way of marking the lives and sacrifices made, with the visit to J G Savage – the founder of Seaford College’s son – perhaps being the most memorable. Although this was the biggest event of the term planned in support of Help for Heroes, a series of other fundraising events is planned for the summer term at the College.

Seaford’s Headmaster John Green, thanked Matthew Pitteway for organising the event saying: “well done to everyone involved and thank you for your tremendous efforts on what was undoubtedly and very special experience.”
Those wishing to support Seaford College’s efforts for Help for Heroes can donate at Matthew Pitteway’s JustGiving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-pitteway6

 

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Seaford College triumphed in the Intermediate section of the SUPA National Senior Schools Arena Polo Championships

Photo 2webSeaford College triumphed in the Intermediate section of the SUPA National Senior Schools Arena Polo Championships held at Longdole Polo Club in Gloucestershire last Sunday 22nd April.  The team of Bart Baker riding Pukka, Alfie Hyde on TT and Nonie Uloth on Sombre took on teams from Stowe, St George’s Ascot and Heathfield.
They caught Stowe napping early on in the first chukka and Alfie Hyde used great skill to control the ball and drive it up the pitch whilst the other two did excellent man marking, producing a score of 5 – 0! The second chukka was much closer against a well organised and determined St George’s team but it was Alfie Hyde’s early goal that made the difference. The third chukka against Heathfield was altogether more dramatic. Nonie Uloth took the ball from the throw in down the arena and scored straight away. Another two goals saw the team 3 – 1 up before Alfie Hyde had a nasty fall when his pony, TT, came down. He was attended by paramedics and taken to Gloucester Hospital. After superb attention from the ambulance staff and a series of X-rays he was pronounced fit and well, although he will be bruised for a couple of days. The team continued with a substitute and managed to hold Heathfield to a draw to ensure victory in the Championships.Photo 4web

Thank you to Mr Rupert Uloth for the great match report and photos and we’re glad to report that Alfie is doing fine.
Congratulations Seaford Polo!

Stunning Seaford College in the Snow – Drone Footage

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Lavington Park, Petworth, is the home of Seaford College. The grounds looked stunning yesterday in the snow. Thank you to Lewis Morton for this spectacular drone video.

Seaford’s situated in over 450 acres of listed parkland at the foot of the South Downs.  This video shows our world class sporting facilities (under the snow!) include a golf course, rugby pitches, all weather astro, tennis courts, netball courts, a swimming pool, football pitches, clay pigeon range & the Johnson Centre, Seaford’s new Performing Arts & Sports centre.  The Johnson Centre has a fitness suite, indoor climbing wall, dance studio, spin studio & a performance training gym as well as a performing arts centre.

https://www.seaford.org/open-day-form/

 

Reading in the Library for World Book Week

Girls 1-webSeaford is celebrating World Book Week with a full week of activities to encourage a love of books and reading.   Students from our Prep School wanted to share their favourite book and make recommendations to other students.  We hope this video gives you some ideas for your next book to read.  Happy World Book Week!

Here’s a video of their recommendations:

 

 

 

Seaford Qualifies for Elite Show Jumping National Championships

Photo 2webOn Sunday 4th February the Seaford Equestrian show jumping team were out competing at Felbridge near East Grinstead in the NSEA 1.00m Elite Show Jumping inter schools qualifier for the South East. Over twenty schools in the area were competing for this prestigious qualification. Lucy Sanders, Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager said: “The Seaford team was made up of Olivia Macdonald, Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley and Flora James and having achieved good steady clear rounds in the previous class, but remaining unplaced, we realised that only the fastest clears would secure a prize. After much planning and studying the course trying to find the tightest lines to the fences we were ready to jump.Photo 1web
All four girls rode brilliantly with clear and fast times which were thrilling to watch and and I was delighted with their high standard of riding. Despite trying hard no other school was able to match us meaning that not only were we the top school in West Sussex but we won the class over all and qualified for the Elite Show Jumping National Championships at the Hickstead All England Show Ground in August.  Thank you to the parents for their support and to the riders for such a fantastic result for Seaford!”

Join us at our Prep School Activity Morning

 

Seaford College HP Prep Activity MorningwebSeaford College invites all children looking for entry into Years 2-5 to come along and take part in our activity sessions.

Come along and join our Design & Technology workshop; cook up a treat at Forest School or try out Seaford’s new climbing wall in the Johnson Centre.

To book a place at Seaford Prep School’s Years 2-5 Activity Morning email Jo Hitchcock, Prep School admissions secretary jhitchcock@seaford.org

We look forward to welcoming you on the 18th November for fun & smiles!

Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner with Guest Speaker Shaun Edwards

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Seaford is excited to announce Shaun Edwards as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 12th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Shaun Edwards OBE, made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa. Shaun is truly a legend of Rugby.

Anya Shrubsole and the Cricket World Cup in 2017We’re also extremely excited that England cricketer Anya Shrubsole will be joining us for the evening. Anya was an integral member of the winning women’s team at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup,  and was voted player of the game in the final at Lord’s with a match winning 6 wickets off 46 runs. This is the best ever return recorded in a World Cup final, and led to her nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

The night starts with a Drinks Reception supported by Old Seafordian Stephen Cronk from Mirabeau en Provence Wine. This will be followed by a three course dinner.

Dress: Black Tie

Sports Dinner Invite

 

Demystifying the Oxbridge process

John Doy - Director of Academic Performance and Enrichment

Our aim at Seaford is for every pupil to achieve their personal best. We welcome the academically gifted, as well as those who find the examination culture a challenge, and we’re very proud of the learning support we provide to all our pupils. On top of identifying and helping students with learning difficulties, we also believe it’s important to identify students with exceptional academic potential, and provide them with the support they need to fully stretch themselves.

This Sunday is the deadline for any Medicine, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications, and this year a number of Seaford College students are putting themselves forward.

John Doy is Seaford’s Head of Academic Performance and Enrichment, and has put in place a number of strategies to help stretch and motivate the academically gifted students here. One of those things is helping students with Oxbridge aspirations to learn more about the whole process, help them with applications, and prepare themselves for potential interviews.
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