Seaford triumph at the West Sussex County qualifiers

Seaford's team celebrate at the West Sussex County qualifiersSeaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.

Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.

In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.

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A Journey To Remember

Old Seafordian, Piers Plowman makes a journey to rememberAt the age of 24, Old Seafordian Piers Plowman made a poignant journey to visit the grave of his uncle, Captain Tony A Plowman, also an Old Seafordian, who died aged 24 during World War II.

An amazing and poignant story from one of our Old Seafordians, Piers Plowman.

“On September 24th 1944, Captain Tony A Plowman (Second in Command of the Glider Squadrom, F Company) was killed in action, aged 24, during Operation Market Garden trying to support the Allied Forces that were attempting to seize and defend Arnhem Bridge. Continue reading

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

Seaford head to the home of British Sailing

In front of 2012 Olympic Rings webSeaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.

We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.

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Lille-Beau’s golfing achievement

Lille-Beau Thorpe Congratulations Lille-Beau Thorpe on your selection for the England Regional Under 18s squad. What a fantastic achievement aged 13!

Lille-Beau joined Seaford this year and is enjoying having a golf course at the school. Continue reading

Harlequins come to Seaford

Seaford welcomes Harlequins Rugby CoachesWe were fortunate to welcome Jim Evans and Gary Street from Harlequins Rugby Union.

Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and Harlequins Academy Head Coach. Gary Street is a former England Women’s Rugby Union Coach and Academy Coach Development Officer for Harlequins.

They were with us to work with our U12 & U13 players. It was a fantastic training session and our Prep School students really enjoyed the training.

Jim Evans puts our boys through their pacesLiam Doubler, Director of Sport, said of the session “It’s just fantastic for our boys to experience coaching at that level. Lots of learning took place.”

The boys got a lot out of the training. “I thought it was really good. Different coaches so a different point of view on the game” said Hamish Williams from Year 8.

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Seaford’s Sports Dinner 2019

Seaford Sports Dinner 2019Seaford is excited to announce Michael Lynagh as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 11th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Michael Lynagh represented Australia from 1984 to 1995, captaining his country for 3 years and in total won 72 caps. He was the world points scoring record holder when he retired, with 911 points.

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Copthorne School NSEA SJ at Felbridge

Emily, Lorna, Abigail and BellaWe had a good day  at Felbridge for the first NSEA show jumping of the new season. We had two strong teams in the 70/75cm National qualifier class with several riders on new ponies and we welcomed Deya Thomson and her pony Socks tip the team.

Congratulations to the Seaford Red team of Emily Cook, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp and Bella Crowley who were placed 6th and qualified for the National Plate Championships in November. Our Seaford Blue team of Lauren Goldsmith, Deya Thomson and Grace Bolton also rode well but were unlucky to tip a couple of poles.

Zoe, Flora, Grace, Nia, Emmy, Lorna, Emily and Lauren The next class was the 80/85cm in the main arena and again we had two teams many of whom were stepping up to this level for the first time. Competition was very hot as it was a National Qualifier with thirty two teams entered. All our riders performed extremely well to end up with both teams on double clear rounds but we were not quite fast enough in the jump off to be placed in the first six this time.

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Welcoming new and old students to the Prep School

Teddy bear's picnicAs we welcomed all students back to Seaford Prep at the start of the year they had a fun filled activity week. The exciting induction activities and trips encouraged new friendships and supported the transition to a new school or year group. The activities were designed to help the children get to know one another and to help them adjust to their new classrooms and teachers. The Prep School had a Teddy bears' picnic as part of their induction programme

The week started with a Woodland Walk complete with a teddy bears’ picnic. The children brought in their favourite teddy or cuddly toy and explored the woods.

The next day those from Years 2 – 5 took part in a circus workshop. They loved every minute and learnt all sorts of new skills. It was fabulous seeing the children working together as they mastered plate spinning, juggling, hula hooping and even stilt walking.

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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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Young Enterprise Goes Vinyl

Team RetrospectYoung Enterprise is a National Schools Competition that is open to students from Year 10 and up through sixth form. Running from the start of the Autumn term through to the end of the Spring term, a group of students come together to set up and run their own business. They make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs and other events.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. Teams track their progress using self-assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.

Fiona Askew, Senior Management Secretary at Seaford College explains what it gives the students. “Throughout the process they learn all the different aspects of a business. They have to choose what roles they want and take their product through various stages from manufacturing to selling it, hopefully making a profit”. Continue reading

Surrey Space Centre

Year 11 visit the Surrey Space CentreSix Year 11 Seaford students visited Surrey Space Centre as a reward for winning last year’s International Space Challenge at King Edward’s School. The students were treated to a guided tour of the control centre where the much heralded ‘Remove Debris Project’ was overseen and monitored. Students were then given a look at the facility where Surrey Satellite Technologies design and build their cutting edge satellites.

Sam French from Year 11 reflects on the day:

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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

Annual Sports Awards Dinner

Seaford had their Annual Sports Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements and successes of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just over 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening.

Beginning with welcome drinks outside, sports kits were abandoned in place of black-tie for the evening!

As guests were seated for their meal, they discovered a sporting quiz at their table, with questions to answer as they ate. Later in the evening the games intensified with each table taking it in turns to bounce a tennis ball into a bucket – much harder than it looked! Standing behind a line, they were allowed one bounce onto the floor and into the bucket. Despite being an evening showcasing Seaford’s sporting talent, most missed entirely!

Guests were able to watch a photo montage playing throughout the night showcasing the last year, and there was also a montage video showcasing footage of matches throughout the year. A wonderful evening of Sport.

Speeches were given by Liam Doubler, Director of Sport and Co-Curricular, as well as Seaford’s Head Girl, Holly Gyles, and Head Boy, Nico Caines who recapped on the sporting year going through all the teams achievements.

Then came to the bit everyone was waiting for – the awards, presented by John Green, Headmaster.

Sportswoman of the year was presented to Isobel Porter

Sportsman of the year was presented to Charlie Norton

Services to Seaford Sport was awarded to Cally Nugent

Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby Cup’ was awarded to Nico Caines

Awards winners

What is always striking at our awards dinners is how humble our sports men and women are. All our winners were shocked to have won and didn’t want to sing their own praises, seeing themselves as simply part of a team. Cally Nugent, winner of Services to Seaford Sport said “I was really shocked. I did not think I’d get that”.

It was a superb evening and highlighted the direction of Seaford Sport. 2017/2018 has been another impressive year with more pupils representing Seaford Sport and more achievement at all levels. All staff have been exceptional, providing detailed feedback to pupils and always going above and beyond to improve their players as both individuals and as a team. Well done all for everything you have achieved this academic year.

See more of the night in our video.

 

Nicholas Caines’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Nicholas Caines was Head Boy at Seaford this year.  He spoke to us about his plans for the future and what he is passionate about.

What is your dream job? Doing somNicholas Caines, Head Boy 2017 to 2018ething outside, I live on a farm. I would like to diversify the family farm and put in a high ropes course in the forest.

What are you doing this autumn? I’m having a year out travelling in South East Asia, Inter-railing in Europe and then I’d like to earn some money and get some farming experience in New Zealand. I plan to do a degree in Agriculture at University after my gap year.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation? Social media and the way people react on line and the way people are addicted to their phones. I use social media but I think you should use it at the right time and not be anti-social with it. I think we’re really good here at Seaford but you often see people out with friends with everyone on their phone. Continue reading

Seaford Go To The NSEA National Eventers’ Challenge National Championships

Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, Seaford had qualified three teams at three different levels as well as a team competing in the Elite Show Jumping class.

Team SeafordWe began the weekend with the Mini Derby National Championships at 70cm for children aged under 14. Our team was made up of Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith & Lorna Leatherdale – Edwards from the Prep School.

In the Warm Up class our riders went for steady clear rounds and were placed 15th, 16th & 19th out of 75 riders and in the team class Lorna & Emily had fantastic clear rounds with Lauren just having a slight navigation issue over a long twisty course for a very creditable 8th team place.

The following day was a long hot day indeed. We met for course walks at 9.30am, jumped the warm up class at 10.30am and then the 85cm National class at 7.45pm due to several delays. This time our team was made up of a mixture of riders from the Prep & Senior School: Olivia Macdonald, Lorna Leatherdale – Edwards, Rufus Uloth and Jessie Shute riding her sister’s pony and standing in for Grace Bolton. Lorna’s pony took a dislike to the notorious water jump refusing to get his feet wet but the other riders jumped fast accomplished rounds and were really unlucky to roll a couple of poles to finish with a team score of 8 faults. Although unplaced this time it was a great experience and one we can definitely improve on.

On the final day, it was our Senior School riders turn for the National 95cm Eventers’ Challenge class. The team was made up of Flora James, Jessie Schute, Evie Marchant and Olivia Macdonald who jumped the Hickstead Elite 1.00m class as a warm-up coming 5th. They then went on to come a fantastic 4th in the National Championships which was an amazing achievement.

Sefaord's proud ridersThe parents on all three days were very supportive and the riders a pleasure to work with. We have many comments from other schools’ parents on our team camaraderie, cheerfulness and rider encouragement. In fact one mother, whose daughter goes to another school, told us that she wished she had sent her daughter to Seaford because of our riding teams.

Holly Gyles’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Holly Gyles, Head Girl 2017 to 2018

Holly Gyles was Head Girls at Seaford this year. We had a chat with her about her aspirations for the future as her time at Seaford comes to an end.

What is your dream job? I’d like to work as a physiotherapist with an elite sports team and travel the world. A team like England Rugby. I’m also interested in the psychology of sports performance so I’d like to use this in my career.

What are you doing this autumn? I went to the Women of The Future Conference last year with Seaford College and I had the opportunity to network as part of the event. It inspired me to take a gap year. I’m going to volunteer at a school in Fiji, it will involve building homes and coaching children. I then plan to travel back to the UK via New Zealand, Australia and Asia before starting a degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University. Continue reading

Space Challengers

Seaford's Space Challengers Six of our Year 10 pupils took part in a Languages and Science Day at King Edward’s school in Witley. The team of three girls and three boys had to use their science, design and language skills to come up with an idea for a space hotel under the watchful eye of members of the RAF and leaders from international businesses.

Once they had budgeted and designed their idea, they then had to market and present it in their target language of Spanish. The students also enjoyed a taster course in Russian before the winners were announced. We’re delighted that, despite stiff opposition from ten other local schools, Seaford came away with the first prize overall, winning a tour of the RAF’s satellite control base in Guildford to see first-hand how cutting edge technology is making a difference in the world.

Record breakers

Seaford has had a phenomenal season of athletics this year with long-standing school records being broken.

We have demonstrated our strength as an athletic school, particularly in the inter-boys Year 10 and 11, where we have won all inter-boys age group matches. Our girls too are showing their strength, in particular Year 9 where we have some really good athletes.

This was demonstrated at the Sussex Schools County Finals at the start of June where Seaford did very well as a school, overall winning 10 medals. Jon Thompson, Head of Seaford Athletics summarises the event “It’s a tough competition and we had a good day with some really good performances”.

Rupert Blackwell wins gold and breaks school recordRupert Blackwell won gold in the inter-boys javelin and broke the school record in doing so. He says he was “especially happy as the record was set over 50 years ago”. Rupert threw 50m 30, with the previous record being about 48m 50. He praised his sports coaches at Seaford for the training and support they give him.

Ollie Beach won gold in the Junior Boys Discus, Johnny Murray-Jones (Year 9) took silver in the junior boys triple jump and Joseph Spiby (Year 11) won silver in the discus. Congratulations!

Congratulations too to Olivia McDonald won silver in the 3000m. Jon praises Olivia’s performance “It was great run for her. She’s a tremendous athlete”. Continue reading

Elliot Brown talks about how it felt to be selected for the England PD Lions and what drives him to succeed

Elliot Brown, from Year 12, has made his debut for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. His is a story of following your dreams and, as we say at Seaford ‘reaching for the heights’.


Elliott, who has cerebral palsy, started playing cricket at Seaford in Year 4. He is now the Seaford 2nd team captain and describes the past year as “really good, we only lost one game!”. Alongside playing at Seaford, Elliot also plays for Steyning Cricket Club and has done for a number of years. He credits them for their support and the fact that they have always been good with him and his disability. In 2015 Elliot was picked to play for Sussex Cricket Club’s disability team, and after three years he joined Middlesex’s disability team before he was selected to play for the England PD Lions.

Chris Adams, Head of Seaford Cricket, says he was “Absolutely delighted for Elliott. I know how much it means to him and will mean to him over the coming years to be part of that squad”. It was Chris who made Elliott the second team captain. “It’s a meaty role” he says “He has taken it, grabbed it with both hands and sprinted off into the distance with it”. Continue reading

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents' DayThe Prep School recently held their annual Grandparents’ Day, with this year’s having the biggest attendance ever.

Many thanks to Mrs McCullough who organised the event so marvellously. It was a fabulous afternoon full of smiles and proud grandparents. Grandparents were given the opportunity to see the school in action and had a guided tour by their grandchildren, taking in their work which they always show so proudly. Continue reading

Seaford College Love Lunch 2018

Residents at a group of care homes in West Sussex were invited to a “Love Lunch” afternoon, organised by our students as part of their community programme.

Mansion House Borders Serve Lunch

Residents from Elizabeth House, Croft Meadow, Forest View, Rotherlea and Elmcroft care homes were greeted by our smiling students, who helped them to their seats to enjoy a two-course lunch, which also included plenty of chatter and laughter.

Those attending the lunch were very complimentary about the beautiful surroundings in which our college is set and the magnificent architecture at Mansion House, where the lunch was hosted.

Seaford Students are regular visitors to Shaw healthcare homes in West Sussex and participate in various activities with the residents.

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