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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Seaford’s Biomedical Society

Beccy Weir This year we have started up a new Biomedical Society for our Sixth Form students who are interested in medicine, veterinary, biology, pharmaceuticals, nursing and the wider research among these areas. We meet every other week for 2 hours with a range of activities for the students to explore and expand their knowledge and interests.

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Becoming a Seaford Scientist (BASS)

Be a Seaford ScientistFollowing the introduction of the required practicals into the new Science GCSE specification, we have introduced ‘Becoming a Seaford Scientist’ (BASS) at KS3. These are a set of lessons that occur once a fortnight throughout the year. Our Year 7 and 8 students are currently taking part in these lessons.

The focus is to improve the students’ ability to work together and problem solve practical tasks by working as a part of a group with as little teacher input as possible. The skills focus on the ‘How Science Works’ understanding, which now has an increased focus in the new GCSE.

BASS also fits in with the whole school strategy of fostering independent learning, as it allows pupils to work together to overcome different scientific problems with as little help from the teacher as possible. BASS enables students to develop communication and group skills work.

Phillip Whelpton (Assistant Head of Year 11 and Head of KS3 Science) tells us: “The required practical makes up 15% of the new GCSE. By introducing BASS into our KS3 curriculum it will enable the students to have the key scientific skills and knowledge going into their GCSE years”.

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Meet our Head of Science

seb d'agarOur Director of Studies and Head of Science, Seb d’Agar, is also a Houseparent to our Prep School students.

Seb is now in his 7th year at Seaford and plays an important role in our academic strategy. A fine compere, he is also a member of the Seaford Chapel Choir.

What is your favourite science field to teach and why?
As a Biologist it has to be evolution. Exploring the diversity of life on Earth over the past 3 billion years is always eye opening to students at any age. They love treading in Darwin’s footsteps, learning about adaptations and natural selection. Continue reading

Seaford at the ESU’s Mace Competition

Seaford's Year 10  team Our Debaters and Public Speakers have been busy this term.

Anna Pantazopoulou and Tor Pothecary reached the second round of the ESU Schools’ Mace competition last week and were involved in a passionate debate against Lancing College on the subject of corporations adopting a public stance on social issues. The team argued well but on this occasion did not progress to the next round. Continue reading

Training is underway for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon

Training for the Devizes to WestminsterLast Sunday the Year 12 Devizes to Westminster Kayak team had their first race – a 6-mile Hare & Hound race. With blustery winds and choppy waters, paddle control proved difficult.

The Seaford College students have decided to take on this huge and extreme challenge (125 miles from Devizes to Westminster over the 4-day Easter weekend) to raise £75K for their friend, Ellie Holt (year 13) to have life changing treatment.

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Seaford Sevens

Seaford 7sWe hosted our annual Rugby 7s festival at the weekend and the event was a huge success, with sixteen teams from schools across the country coming to play.

Ahead of the event, Head of Rugby at Seaford College, Dan Falvey, spoke about the really high quality of teams that were coming. A number were returning teams, including Hurst who were coming to defend their title, but there were also some teams who were attending for the first time. Continue reading

The Prep School Put On An Outstanding Performance of ‘Baboushka’

Congratulations to all of our Prep School Years 2-5 students for a magnificent Christmas performance of ‘Baboushka’. It was simply amazing and all the children performed brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening so special and for the wonderful costumes.

You can see an extract of the performance here:

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Flight Week

The children check in for their flightAs part of our Creative Curriculum, the Prep School embarked upon Flight Week. With a range of educational and creative activities, the aim was to lay down conceptual understanding of essential themes required for the curriculum in future education.

Country fact sheetsThe children were divided up into six groups, made up of mixed ages, representing six countries – South Africa, Mexico, Italy, India, Canada and New Zealand. This enabled our younger and older children to work together in teams – collaboration is an essential skill for our children’s lives in the future. Continue reading

Ad Alta in action

Bonita Norris amazes our students with her adventure storiesDuring Personal Development time yesterday, our students learnt the true meaning of Ad Alta! They were in awe of Bonita Norris, who came to talk to them about her adventures. Bonita climbed Mount Everest aged only 22 (the youngest British woman at the time) having only discovered a passion for climbing a couple of years before.

She touched upon many powerful messages – taking the first step, the power of the mind to overcome fear, defeating negative spirals of thinking and the joy of sharing tough challenges with other people.

It was a hugely inspirational talk from a fantastic female role model. Thank you Bonita.

Seaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz

One of Seaford's teams at the Literary QuizSeaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Quizmaster Wayne Mills compiles all the questions himself and travels the country and the globe quizzing children about books.

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Seaford College teams from Years 7 and 8 competed against 9 other schools from the surrounding area. There were 17 teams in total and competition was fierce. Our Year 7s missed out on 3rd place by only 2 points! Still, both Seaford teams won a set of books and had great fun participating. Well done to all the students who took part, and great thanks to our Year 12 Literature students who helped out on the day. Continue reading

Year 12 A Level Biology students attended a talk from Dr Underwood

Dr Underwood talks to our Biology A Level studentsYear 12 A Level Biology students had a talk from Dr Underwood, a Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University.

Dr Underwood came to Seaford to talk to the students about what being a Psychiatrist involves, some of the studies he is involved in as a research fellow and to give them advice and guidance on applying for medicine or other similar fields at University.

In talking about his work as a Psychiatrist, Dr Underwood described some of the gruelling but rewarding shifts it involves. Working on call for 24 hours straight, he sees anyone in a mental health crisis, be that in A&E, on a ward or even in a police station or prison. The work is varied and interesting and, when asked by one of the students if it can be scary at times, he answered “Not at all. It’s interesting – you get to see people that you’d never meet otherwise”. Continue reading

Seaford in the Press

Seaford College Youth SpeaksSeaford features in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer this week about their participation in this year’s Youth Speaks competition.

Two teams from Seaford College took part in this year’s youth Speaks competition, hosted by Chichester Rotary Club. Judges heard presentations on a wide range of topics in the local heat of the national contest for students to hone their public speaking skills. This year, Seaford College entered two senior level teams speaking on what makes a good parent and the issues with ‘data overload’ in modern life. First place was awarded to the St Philip Howard team.

NSEA National Plate Championships

NSEA National Plate ChampionshipsA team of riders from Seaford travelled up to the NSEA National Plate Championships which was held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe near Bedford.

Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp, Emily Cook and Bella Crowley had qualified for the 75cm competition last summer and were very excited as it was their first Championships and first time staying away with their ponies.

NSEA National Plate ChampionshipsCompetition was fierce with qualified school teams coming from all over the UK with a very competitive but sportsmanlike atmosphere. All our four riders jumped in the warm up Scurry class with Emily riding a fantastic speedy clear round to come 4th individually. Then the ponies were settled for the night in the onsite stables and the parents and children had supper in the Cafe. Continue reading

Prep School Poppies

Prep School PoppiesSeaford’s Prep School students and parents took time over the half term holiday to create beautiful poppies for the Remembrance Day Service. The poppies are displayed in the grounds at Lavington Park and look absolutely stunning.

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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.

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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!

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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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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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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

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