Seaford welcomes Sir Gareth Edwards CBE to Annual Sports Dinner

annual-sport-dinner-2016Seaford College is looking forward to welcoming Sir Gareth Edwards to Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner on Friday 30th September.

As long as rugby is played, the argument will never be settled over which was the superior of the two classic Lions vintages of 1971 and 1974.
But whether the ’71 side had the better backs and the heroes of ’74 the finer forwards, one thing is certain – both teams had the best scrum-half of their age in Gareth Edwards, of Cardiff and Wales.
Capped at 19 and his country’s youngest captain at 20 years, seven months, Edwards turned 21 on his first Lions tour, to South Africa in 1968. There, he showed the potential of his partnership with Barry John that would burst into full bloom in New Zealand three years later.
In South Africa, though, potential it remained.  John was injured in the first Test and Edwards tore a hamstring before the third vital third international.
By 1971, Edwards was well into his record run of 53 Wales caps in a row and played a pivotal role in the Lions’ first series victory in New Zealand.

Seaford College celebrates a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing

front-coverwebSeaford College is celebrating a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing.  John Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “Before taking on my new role this academic year I was the Head of the English Department and we decided to compile this book to celebrate and share the fantastic work our students produce. There are lots of great things about being an English Teacher, but there is nothing quite like reading the work of a student that completely stops you in your tracks. We hope the writing we have included here gives you a little taste of how wonderful, surprising and sometimes terrifying that moment can be – when the power of “a word after a word after a word” becomes real.
There are pieces here from some of our A Level Creative Writing students and also from pupils further down the school.
We would like to thank the Art Department for helping us to provide the images we have selected to accompany the writing. The names of the students who created the images you see can be found on the page opposite.

“A word after a word
after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood



Seaford College’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade

Seaford College - Remembrance Day Rev Michael Barter, Major Andrew Plewes and John Green Headmaster WEBSeaford College’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade took place on Sunday 8 November. It’s a very special event in the College calendar bringing over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members together for a touching service led by the Reverend Michael Barter.

“The service was particularly poignant this year because although I’ve attended many in the past – including services in Basra in Iraq, and Lashkar Gar and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan – this is the first I’ve given an address at,” said Major Andrew Plewes, the College’s new CCF Contingent Commander. “It had a special impact because it displayed the wider care of a nation united in support and understanding.”

Major Plewes, who joined the school in September and also teaches science, added that he hopes to elevate the CCF in the school and to increase the awareness and understanding of what the Armed Forces do for our society. He is about to finish a 21-year career as an officer in the Royal Marines.

At the beginning of the service the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) presented the Standards and all three services (Royal Navy, Army, and RAF) were integrally involved in the act of remembrance and the laying of two wreaths. Following the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille, the end of the service was marked by the CCF’s parade. 57 former pupils who died in the two world wars were remembered in the service. Year 9 trumpet scholar Seb Limpus, who has only recently joined Seaford, delivered an impressive performance of the last post.Seaford College - Seb Limpus last post WEB

After the service a Remembrance Day Lunch was served in Seaford’s elegant Senior Dining Room. The lunch had a relaxed atmosphere, allowing a great opportunity for current students, alumni, and former and current members of staff to catch up. “It was a most memorable day,” said former pupil Michael Carr. “This is always an emotional event for me and to say that I was impressed would be a dramatic understatement.”

Other attendeesz old seafordians declan fulford and alice jeffries with steve 2 WEB included Steve Gerrard, who joined the College in 1991 and is in the last year of his role as School Staff Instructor; Ken Crosdil, 82, who used to run the farm at Seaford and still lives on the estate today; and former housemaster Maurice Hudson.

A number of sporting activities including clay pigeon shooting, golf, football, tennis and men’s hockey were enjoyed by Old Seafordians in the afternoon, followed by tea and cakes to end the day. An alms dish collection of more than £2,000 at the end of the service will provide vital funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


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Anja Blackwell from Midhurst Rother College is Singing with Seaford College Chapel Choir at Jonathan Antoine’s Concert in Eastbourne

web1Anja Blackwell (Year 12) from Midhurst Rother College is singing with Seaford College Chapel Choir at Jonathan Antoine’s concert on Friday 6th November at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne. Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice & Choirs at Seaford College invited Anja to join the Chapel Choir after hearing her sing. Anja said: “When my head teacher, Dr Vitagliano said that Sara had invited me to perform with the Seaford Chapel Choir and Jonathan Antoine I thought it was such an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I have seen the choir perform and really admired the standard. When I was at Graffham and Dunction schools I came to Seaford for sports day and music workshops and have always loved it. When I heard Sara had invited me it was a real honour and a big surprise it is amazing to be asked”

Anja added: “This is my fourth rehearsal at Seaford and I have learnt so much. I was web4nervous at the first rehearsal but I have always thought that once you sing with a choir your nerves settle down. There is a nice friendly atmosphere here at Seaford and at my first rehearsal Beci Eden, the Head Chorister, made me feel really welcome. I’m really looking forward to performing Ave Maria and I Vow to Thee my Country.”

Sara Reynolds said: “I first heard Anja sing many years ago and most recently at her school concert in the Summer and was very impressed. I have always wanted to invite Anja to perform with us and when this opportunity came up with Jonathan I thought it would be a great concert for her to perform at. We have really enjoyed having Anja here at rehearsals and she is a wonderful addition to our Chapel Choir. The evening will be so exciting and web2we are all looking forward to performing with Jonathan.”

Dr Vitagliano said: “We at MRC are delighted that Anja is involved with the work of the Seaford College Chapel Choir. Anja is thrilled about the prospect and her parents are fully supportive of the proposal (as is Midhurst Rother College). We are deeply proud of Anja – she is one of our best students and we want her to access every opportunity she might have. It would be exciting to increase the collaboration between Midhurst and Seaford so this seems an ideal first step.”

Holly Graham, Seaford’s soloist at the Gary Barlow concert in 2014, has also been invited back to Seaford to join the Chapel Choir for the night with Jonathan having graduated from Seaford in the summer. Holly is currently preparing for her auditions for the Senior Conservatoires. Holly is at the Junior Royal Academy in London where Sara Reynolds is also Head of Voice.web3

Sara also taught Jonathan at the Junior Royal Academy from him being 15 years old. Jonathan enjoyed learning with Sara and when commenting on his forthcoming tour said he was: “very much looking forward to working with the choir and of course seeing the lovely Sara again.”


Follow the links to watch videos of Seaford College Chapel Choir rehearsing
Ave Maria

I Vow to Thee my Country

Panis Angelicus

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Jonathan rose to fame when he and former singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli came second in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, and signed a record deal with Simon Cowell followed by two hugely successful Top 5 albums.

Last October Jonathan released his debut solo album Tenore which took the top spot on the classical charts for three weeks.

Labelled the “Teenage Pavarotti” by the press Jonathan’s rise in popularity has included performances at the Apple ITunes festival with Placido Domingo & Vittorio Grigolo, sharing the stage with Joss Stone at London Poppy Day and taking part in the Autumn Proms and Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall for all six dates.

Jonathan said: “I am thrilled to be announcing my first solo tour. The venues I am playing are all quite intimate so it’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to really get close with my audience and hopefully entertain them.

“The last three years have been an absolute whirlwind since Britain’s Got Talent and I am continually grateful for all the fantastic support I have received and continue to do so from my wonderful fans.”

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Here’s an independent report from our rugby game at St John’s – a schools rugby classic

rugby-seaford-stjohns2015LRAnyone making the trip to Leatherhead yesterday afternoon was treated to one of the great spectacles of schools rugby as Seaford College secured a 36-31 win at St John’s.

The Journey from GCSE to A Level

law 3webThe transition from GCSE to A Level is a significant time for students. Social pressures from peer groups and social media abound; whilst in the classroom subjects get harder and the careful planning of study time is crucial to academic success. This is the time where individual support and attention can be vital to future success. Seaford’s Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form, William Yates, focuses on all aspects of life in the Sixth Form and ensures all pupils are on track to reach their potential.
John Green, Headmaster said: ‘In a good school students need to feel valued, trusted and respected. At Seaford we have a very strong academic core and we look after our students. We inspire personal ambition and success so that personal bests are achieved inside and outside the classroom’.
Seaford offers:
• Fantastic facilities and location, individual academic focus and a range of extra-curricular activities
• A breadth of choice in A Level subjects: from more traditional A Levels to Law and Creative Writing
• Excellent pastoral care and careers advice
• Separate boarding facilities for the Upper Sixth to help prepare students for university life
• Support for the academically gifted to reach their full potential. John Doy, Head of Academic Enrichment, has set up a mentoring system that stretches students beyond the curriculum and coaches students through the Oxbridge application process.

Seaford develops well-rounded, articulate students who have the confidence to succeed. Alex Hodson, who plans to read Medicine, said: ‘Seaford stretches us academically, I really enjoy exploring ideas with my mentor and I feel supported to do well.’
John Green would like to invite prospective students and parents to a Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 24th February from 6.30-8pm at Seaford College. Come along and see why our Sixth Form has grown dramatically over the last 18 months.
Open Mornings Saturday 7th February and 14th March 9-11am

To read the full article and to register CLICK HERE 

To read more about John Doy and the Academic Enrichment Programme CLICK HERE

Carols and Christmas Lantern Procession Petworth

Petworth1webSeaford College took part in the annual Christmas Lantern Procession in Petworth on Saturday.  The choir headed up by Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice and Choirs at Seaford, entertained the audience in the town square.  Here are some photos from the festive event.



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Old Boys sixes Hockey Tournament – Haileybury – Sunday 6th October 2013


We are being asked to field a team of 6 or more hockey players to play in an old Boys Tournament at Haileybury nr Hertford on Sunday October 6th 2013

The team will be coordinated by the Hockey Department at the college and we would like to field a team of mixed ages if possible. If you want to brush the cobwebs off the old hockey stick and play you are most welcome.  Basic fitness and some practice would clearly be an advantage !  Ideally we would field a squad of 8 or 9…we have a few players interested and seek general participation from Old Seafordians and we are told ‘ringers’ are not allowed !

See the pdf on the day itself attached.  Last years winners were Charterhouse…. Surely we can’t let them win again this year…..?

Please get in touch by email to either Steve Paxton – or Anthony Cook –