Curriculum

 Introduction

Seaford College is a small, friendly co-educational school of 750 pupils between the ages of 7-18.

We are very proud that, whilst we are three schools; Prep, Senior, and Sixth Form, we are most definitely one College. Prep School pupils benefit from the fantastic facilities of the Senior School, specialist subject teachers in core subjects, and mentoring from older students. They have continuity throughout their school journey, and don’t need to complete an 11+ in their final year. This allows us to keep their curriculum very broad, ahead of their transition to the Senior School in Year 9.

In the Senior School, students take part in a full Learning Carousel, before choosing their GCSE options, allowing them to make informed decisions about the subjects that interest them the most.

Students moving from our Senior school to the Sixth Form will also have great continuity, with teachers helping them to choose A Level subjects that may help them with any particular career or university aims. We also ensure that students in our Sixth Form are given greater independence and responsibilities, creating an environment to help prepare them for University and life beyond school.

Each school truly benefits from being part of the wider Seaford community, which we are proud to say is a happy and healthy one.

The school’s mission statement sets out the College vision as “Seaford College aims to provide a distinctive and inclusive educational experience in which individual pupils are known, have the opportunity to discover themselves, are valued for their particular contribution, and are prepared for life. On leaving the College, each pupil will be a confident, articulate, well-rounded young person.”
The structure of the school’s curriculum is designed to fulfil the aims set out in the mission statement whilst recognising the particular issues raised by the nature of the pupils within the school population.

Broad Aims of the Curriculum

  1. To keep the range of subjects as wide as possible, for as long as possible, for as many pupils as possible.
  2. To promote both literacy and numeracy at the earliest possible age.
  3. To provide exceptional support for pupils with SpLDs. To ensure that teaching styles are tailored to the learning styles and needs of the pupils.
  4. To provide a core of subjects for all pupils up the age of 16 that both meets the requirements of Government education policy and provides every pupil with the ability to matriculate for higher education.
  5. To provide a sufficient range of subjects for all pupils to gain success, find their strengths and boost their self-esteem.
  6. To ensure that subjects taught at the school are regularly appraised to meet criteria on success (in value added terms) and effectiveness.
  7. To ensure that from 16 plus, pupils have enough and appropriate opportunities to allow access to higher education and all career paths.
  8. To provide a full range of extra-curricular activities to stretch pupils and to teach interpersonal skills, leadership      and team working.
  9. To provide, at every age, the guidance required to help students with subject, university and career choices.
  10. Homework should support the work done in the classroom. It should enhance learning and not be used as a vehicle for disenchantment of the pupils.
  11. To enrich the school experience with activities designed to promote good behaviour, manners and spiritual and cultural awareness.

ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

All overseas students are expected to have a 40 minute one-to-one lesson per week.

Students study for the International Language Testing System (IELTS) which is a requirement for UK University entrance.  It is an internationally recognised academic qualification.  Other tests (Cambridge First certificate, TOEFL etc) may be studied on request.