Boarding Experience

Nestling in the South Downs, the School offers boarders the chance to learn and live in a less hectic and more peaceful environment.

The School itself is a haven of manicured lawns, beautiful flower beds and period buildings. The students learn in an environment which cannot fail to leave a lasting impression on them.

Boarding at Seaford College is unique and thriving, as we really focus on the needs of students and their families. Unlike many boarding schools, we offer a flexible weekly boarding programme designed to suit family life, with students able to spend anything from one to seven nights at the College.

You learn to get along with people from all walks of life and that is great experience for the future. I like the times we all socialise together in the common room. Boarding is like having a sleepover with your friends."

Yolanda Gumpo

Our weekly boarding option is very popular. Boarders can devote themselves to their studies during the week in order to spend precious time at home with parents and siblings at the weekends. Having said that, the majority of our boarders also love coming back on Saturday for sports fixtures, rehearsals and other activities.

The School day for a boarder is largely the same as that for a day pupil, beginning slightly earlier to allow for breakfast, roll call and a house meeting. In the evening, after the buses depart, boarders have supper, roll call and a house meeting, and bedtimes vary according to age group.

Currently, we have about 180 boarders at Seaford College, split into 5 boarding houses. To support parents, the College runs daily bus services to and from many of the nearby urban centres to give even more flexibility to parents unable to collect or drop off their children. Access from London and the South East is easy, with the School 40 minutes from the M25.

All our boarders' needs are met, with excellent access to computers, and on-site Wi-Fi protected by the College firewalls should they wish to bring their own laptops.  The Library, IT, Art and Music departments are all open in the evening to give valuable support to students, and boarders also have full access to our recreational facilities when they are not working. These include the School sports fields, sports hall, swimming pool, cricket nets, golf course and tennis courts, as well as access to our spin room, gym and strength & conditioning suite.

It’s really particularly nice here, and one of the nicest things is its lack of uniformity. The boarding houses are all different, but each with a strong sense of home.”

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