Guide to Independent Schools

School details

Seaford

Seaford College, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0NB

Enquiries & application

the Admissions Secretary

T:  01798 867392
W: www.seaford.org

Co-ed, 7-18, Day and Weekly Boarding, 10-18 Boarding
Pupils: 620, Upper sixth 60
Fees: 2700−5630 (Day), 8900 (Boarding), 5575−7500 (Weekly Boarding) per term
Affiliation: HMC, SofH


Contact

Schools Clipboard

Add multiple contacts to your clipboard
and then contact them all at once
via one simple online form!

School details

Seaford

What it's like

Founded as an all-boys school in Seaford, West Sussex, in 1884, it moved to Lavington Park, near Petworth, in 1946, where it now has a fine site in some 400 acres of splendid wooded parkland below the Downs. Many staff live on the park to produce a community atmosphere. There is now a prep school, Wilberforce, on the same campus. The school has been co-educational since the late 90s. It has excellent modern facilities including state-of-the art maths and science rooms, a music suite and a sports and leisure centre (incorporating an indoor swimming pool). A generous staff:pupil ratio of about 1:9 enables a good general education to be provided. Specialist tuition for dyslexia (on a one-to-one basis) and for EFL is provided. Religious worship and practice takes place in the school chapel which dates to pre-Norman times. The school aims to take a broad range of students and achieve the best possible outcome for each child, both academically and in extra-curricular fields. It excels in art, technology and music and its choir has an international reputation. It offer a wide range of sport, games and extra-curricular activities, including a thriving CCF and a new golf academy.

Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Total age range 7-18; 620 pupils, 484 day (334 boys, 150 girls), 136 boarding (101 boys, 35 girls). Prep department 113, 173 pupils (118 boys, 55 girls). Senior department 13-18, 447 pupils (317 boys, 130 girls). Entrance: Main entry ages 7, 10, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own exam used. For sixth-form entry, 45 points at GCSE (grade C in sixth-form subjects). Senior pupils come from a wide range of local prep schools.

Scholarships & bursaries

Scholarships (academic, music, choral, sport), available to new and current pupils, value 500; also significant fee assistance for pupils from state schools on sports scholarships. Limited means-tested bursaries available, usually for current parents who fall on hard times; college can also help obtain funds from eg charitable trusts.

Head & staff

Headmaster: Toby J Mullins, in post since 1997. Educated at Cranbrook School and Leeds University (economics). Previously Deputy Headmaster at Churchers, House Master and Head of Economics at Framlingham, and developed A-level economics at Kings School, Bruton. Also international hockey coach; Committee Member BSA Housemasters' Conference, Chair of SofH. Teaching staff: 100 full time, 15 part time.

Exam results

GCSE: 99 pupils in Year 11, 87% gaining at least a C grade in 5 subjects. A-level: 63 in upper sixth, passing an average number of 2.8 subjects, with an average final point score of 272.

Pupils' destinations

98% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (3% after a gap year). 10% take courses in science and engineering, 34% in humanities and social sciences, 32% in art and design, 24% in vocational subjects. Others typically go on to art college.

Curriculum

GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 GCSE subjects, 26 at AS/A-level (BTEC and Pre-U in some subjects). Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level; in addition, all take AS-level general studies (no A-level). Key skills integrated into sixth-form curriculum. Special provision: Specialist teaching for both dyslexia (one-to-one basis) and for EFL. Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level. Visits arranged to France, Germany and Spain. ICT: Wireless network provides access, including for laptops, from all academic and residential areas.

The arts

Music: 25% learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams may be taken (as well as GCSE and A-level). Several musical groups including orchestra and chapel choir. Several choristers have gone on to National Youth Choir. Drama and dance: Annual dramatic production. Art and design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 20 A-level. Design, pottery, photography, silkscreen printing also offered. All pupils who apply for foundation courses each year have been accepted.

Sports & activities

15+ sports available including rugby, netball, cross-country, swimming, shooting, archery, canoeing. GCSE and A-level may be taken. International rugby representative U16; national awards for schools at clay-pigeon shooting and athletics. Also CCF (compulsory for 5 terms); bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award; instructors lifesaving courses available. Range of clubs, eg debating, electronics, natural history, military history, CDT/art workshop, chess, fly fishing, land yachting, photography, stock market, creative writing.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in sixth form. Houses and prefects: Competitive houses. School prefects and head pupil appointed by Headmaster; head of house and house prefects by housemaster. Religion: Attendance at religious worship (Church of England) compulsory. Social: Tennis and social visits to sixth-form club joint with other schools. Organised trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own bike to school (cars if they have passed their test). Meals self-service and in-house catering. School tuck shop.

Discipline

Pupils failing to produce homework receive detention. Those caught smoking could expect a fine and parents would be informed; repeated abuse of this rule will result in expulsion. Both bullying and drug-taking mean immediate expulsion.

Boarding

All sixth form have own study bedroom; Years 10 and 11 in single or double study bedrooms. Some basic cooking facilities in boarding houses. Half-term exeats termly. Visits to Chichester allowed. Many parents watch matches.

Association of former pupils

Society of Old Seafordians, www.oldseafordians.org

Former pupils

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC (judge), Anthony Buckeridge (children's author), Ahmed Chalabi (Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister), Toby Stephens (actor); Roger and Peter de Haan (former Directors of Saga); Matthew Rose (opera singer).