The journey from GCSE to A Level success - Seaford College


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The transition from GCSE to A Level is a significant time for students. The teenage body has so much going on: from physical and emotional changes, to social pressures from peer groups and social media.

In the classroom subjects get harder and careful planning of study time is crucial to academic success. This is a time where individual support and attention can be vital to future success. Seaford’s Deputy Head, William Yates, is also in charge of the Sixth Form. He focuses on all aspects of life in the Sixth Form and makes sure 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 via our new Challenge Grade system, students are encouraged to secure academic personal bests – whilst still keeping a smile on their faces! We look after our students; inspire personal ambition and success so that personal bests are achieved inside and outside the classroom’.

Seaford really does have the wow factor in terms of location, facilities, individual academic focus and extra-curricular activities. Students have a breadth of choice in subjects from the more traditional A Levels through to Law and Creative Writing. The learning support team provide students with the skills and support to achieve their academic potential. Seaford develops well rounded, articulate students who have the confidence to succeed. Seaford also provides excellent pastoral care and careers advice to support students through their teenage years.

Lewis Sampson joined the school this year: ‘I feel that the staff really know and understand me here at Seaford. It’s motivating and the one to one focus is really helping me achieve my potential’. Lewis plays rugby for Seaford and London Irish and is planning to pursue a professional rugby career. Holly Graham said: ‘Seaford gave me the freedom to flourish which allowed my talents to evolve; Seaford has allowed me to be what I want to be’. Holly is planning to be a professional opera singer and recently appeared with Gary Barlow.

John Doy is Head of Academic Scholars; his role is to help the academically gifted to reach their full potential. He coaches students through the Oxbridge application process, has set up a mentoring system allowing students to have one to one time with the Head of Department in the subject they are specialising in, and the chance to be stretched beyond the curriculum in their subject. Alex Hodson, who plans to read Medicine, added: ‘Seaford stretches us academically, I really enjoy exploring ideas with my mentor and the extra work I do that is beyond the curriculum is really stimulating. I feel supported to do well’.

The Upper Sixth boarding in Heden has been designed to help prepare students for life at University. Breege Jinks, Seaford’s Deputy Head Academic, believes that the support they receive leads to academic success: ‘We offer what I consider to be a ‘perfect model of parenting’. The boarders eat good food, exercise regularly, and have dedicated prep time with access to many different subject teachers for academic support. This has definitely translated into students achieving their potential’.

John Green would like to invite prospective students and parents to a Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 24 February from 6.30-8pm at Seaford College.

Open Mornings - Saturday 7 February & 14 March 9-11am

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