Pastoral Life

Giving students the self-belief they need to achieve their best is what Seaford is all about, and our world class pastoral care is something we are hugely proud of.

Every student is known and valued, given attention and respect, and the support they need when they need it. It’s important to us that students have options when they need support, whether it’s simply a chat with their Tutor, our Chaplain, or some counselling.

All boarding houses have experienced Houseparents who develop close relationships with their students, providing practical assistance as well as emotional support. At Seaford, we very much believe in open and regular communication with parents, and we have a very full team, with resident assistants and additional assistants to support each Houseparent and deliver the best care possible.

We have a Pink House, dedicated to counselling and emotional support for our students, located right in the centre of the campus. The staff there provide a listening ear over a cup of tea whenever a student needs them. Students can ask to be excused from lessons, and teachers will let the Pink House know that the student is on their way. We have also enlisted the help of Poppy the German Short Haired Pointer, who supports the Pastoral Care Team and has had a lot of success in helping students to open up and relax.

In the Prep School, we also now have a dedicated Pink Room, separate to the Pink House, so there’s somewhere easily accessible within the Prep School for students needing advice and support.

The College has an on-site medical centre, with a resident School nurse and access to a local GP, who is available on a daily basis by appointment. The College also has its own Chaplain, who again is a regular visitor to the School and is able to offer counselling, along with members of the School’s Peer Mentoring Team.

Seaford College has a dedicated Learning Support Centre, where dyslexic students receive the very best encouragement and support, using the latest teaching methods, and the College prides itself on drawing the best out of each and every student. Seaford is a mainstream school that provides for dyslexic students better than any other school of its type.

A good Houseparent is there for their students, no matter what else is going on in their own lives, treats all students as individuals, and can inspire them to do things they never thought they could.  A Houseparent provides the vital link between the students’ needs, the parents’ expectations, and the School’s expectations."

Matthew Pitteway, Head of Boarding

The pastoral team are great. At other schools it always felt as if you were getting on a train and if you fell off you were just left behind, whereas here that isn’t the case."

Joseph Hill

Pastoral care at Seaford is ‘unbelievable,’ said a parent, as she described the extraordinary level of kindness and understanding from the School when facing family tragedy."

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