Seaford College, Petworth, West Sussex, UK

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Seaford College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school at East Lavington, south of Petworth, West Sussex, England.  With about 700 pupils aged 6–18, Seaford is a friendly boarding  school, where students and staff live and work side by side in harmony.  
Newcomers aged 6–13 have their own Prep School, Wilberforce House, which offers a wealth of fun outings and activities all year round. A state-of-the-art maths and science block opened in 2005. The school has its own learning support unit to assist students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. This excellent boarding school in West Sussex  has an all-weather hockey pitch, a golf course with a driving range and practice greens, a swimming pool, a large sports hall, squash and tennis  courts, and extensive grounds for a whole range of competitive sports – offering students every type of sporting opportunity. 

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7 days boarding: 

£10,710 per term

About the school

Founded in 1884

The college is in Lavington Park, a 400 acres (1.6 km2) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs

Boarding is available for boys and girls from the age of 11 and through to sixth form. The Prep School has boarding dormitories within the Mansion where youngsters are grouped into rooms of seven or eight. Every evening, the boarders return to their rooms, to change into their home clothes, after supper. They then have an activity programme that runs until about 8.30pm when they return to their rooms to prepare for bed.

A Boarding School for Girls

The school’s senior boarding girls occupy the main part of the Mansion and are a mixture of full, weekly and flexi boarders. The younger pupils share rooms, usually no more than three to a room, and usually get their own single room either in Year 11 or the Lower Sixth. Prep is done every evening in their rooms and is followed by a social time before preparing for bed from about 9.30pm.

A Boarding School for boys

Boarding for senior boys is situated in two brand new houses in the Walled Garden. These are superb buildings and the bed spaces are in high demand. Each new house can take about 45 full and weekly boarders, but also has the space for about 15 flexi-boarding pupils.  Boy boarders share rooms until they are in the Lower Sixth when they have single rooms and act as prefects for the corridors.

A Sixth Form Boarding School

The Upper Sixth form boarding space, for both boys and girls, is in Heden Hall and Heden Court. This is designed to give them a ‘university hall’ type experience and the ability to be treated like adults for their final year at school. They all get their own rooms and are encouraged to become independent learners within a supportive atmosphere.

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Academic life

Seaford College is a small, friendly co-educational boarding school of 700 pupils between the ages of 6-18. Whilst there are three schools; Prep, Senior, and Sixth Form, Seaford is most definitely one College. Prep Boarding School pupils benefit from the fantastic facilities of the Senior Boarding School, specialist subject teachers in core subjects, and mentoring from older students. They have continuity throughout their school journey, and don’t need to complete an 11+ in their final year. This allows us to keep their curriculum very broad, ahead of their transition to the Senior School in Year 9. In the Senior BoardingSchool, students take part in a full Learning Carousel, before choosing their GCSE options, allowing them to make informed decisions about the subjects that interest them the most. Students moving from  Senior school to the Sixth Form Boarding School will also have great continuity, with teachers helping them to choose A Level subjects that may help them with any particular career or university aims. Students in Sixth Form Boarding School are given greater independence and responsibilities, creating an environment to help prepare them for University and life beyond school. Each school truly benefits from being part of the wider Seaford community, which we are proud to say is a happy and healthy one.

Sport and culture

This excellent boarding school in Suffolk is proud to offer sporting tours for its pupils in all our major sports ( Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Golf ). These tours can be UK-based or overseas and always include competitions, cultural experiences and community projects. The next proposed tour is a joint Netball & Rugby Tour to Australia and New Zealand in July 2017.

All students join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in Year 9, which offers a wealth of adventure opportunities. This excellent boarding school UK organises regular sporting and study tours both at home and abroad – recent expeditions have included Iceland and Barbados!

This boarding school in Suffolk has long been recognised as having one of the strongest Art and Design departments in the South of England. With Fine Art, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Textile Design and 3D studies all studied at GCSE and Photography added as an A Level, the opportunities for pupils with creative talent are exceptional.

All pupils at this great boarding school study Art once a week in KS2 and KS3. Many choose to study one, or sometimes two, of the disciplines at GCSE and are highly successful. The take up at A Level is very high and pupils can even do a mixed media ‘unendorsed’ course if they so wish.

Facilities within the department are superb. A suite of computers, a print-making area equipped for silk screen, relief printing and etching, a photographic studio and dark room, textiles area and two kilns make almost everything possible. The newly acquired software to enable stop frame animation has added yet another dimension to the subjects on offer.

A great many students of this top UK boarding school go on to do foundation courses at top art colleges and some even manage to bypass that stage and are accepted straight onto university degree courses.

Music plays a large part in the life of this private boarding school in Suffolk and, as well as offering instrumental and singing tuition, the College lends support to the burgeoning band of budding rock musicians in school, while the Chapel Choir is regularly invited to sing at venues throughout London and the South East.

The wonderful Music School not only offers magnificent practice and performance rooms, but a recording studio, computer room, keyboard room and sound-proofed band practice room and enables us to offer exam courses in Music Technology.

The addition of Seaford Radio has provided yet another area for exciting future development and one that will see musical perfomers recording and playing live on the internet.

This great boarding school has an enthusiastic Drama department that teaches in-class drama throughout the school and, as part of the activity programme, students regularly attain Distinction and Merits in their LAMDA exams.

The Drama department stages at least one major production each year for the Seniors and a production each year for the Prep School where pupils take part not only on stage but behind the scenes, building and shifting props, managing stage lighting and special effects, producing and directing.

Location Description

Lavington Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0NB

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