Seaford College (Mixed)
Type of school: Independent day and boarding for boys and girls
Age range: 10-18
Teacher student ratio: 1:9
Number of students: 599
Percentage of International students: 4%
Percentage of Chinese students in Sixth Form: 3%
Annual boarding fees: GBP24,075 (2010)
Seaford was founded in 1884 and is situated in the stunning setting of Lavington Park, West Sussex. Set amid 400 acres of rolling countryside, just 40 minutes from Gatwick Airport, the College is a centre of excellence for art, music and design techonology.
Its historic buildings are complemented by a state-of-the-art Maths and Science block and recently built Music School. The College has oustanding sports facilities, including a golf courses, all-weather hockey pitch, tennis and squash courts.
2008: 89.1% Grades A-C
2009: 87% Grades A-C
Top performer gained 6 A Grades-Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Economics and Chinese.
49% of Boys A level grades were either A or B.
Upper Sixth: Individual study bedrooms
Lower Sixth: Individual study bedrooms
GCSE: twin rooms
Available GCSE Subjects:
English language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Award Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, Food Technology, German, ICT, Ceramics, Spanish, Reglious Education, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Religious Studies, Physical Education, Classic Cilivisation, Computer Graphics, Textiles.
Available A level Subjects:
Art & Design (Fine Art), Biology, Business Studies, ICT, Chemistry, Design & Technology, English Literature, Economics, French, Food Technology, German, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Media Studies, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Religious Studies, Spanish, Textiles, Threatre Studies, Three Dimensional Studies.
Mike: I'm Mike and I come from Yixing in China. I was a little confused when I first arrived at Seaford College as almost all the pupils were English and I struggled to communicate with them. But when the classes started I found the teachers were very friendly. I worked hard and, six months later, there is no barrier to my progress in English. Now, I am having a great time!
Nicole: I am Nicole and i come from Hong Kong. I decided to come to England to learn English better and to find out about English culture. I knew English quite well in Hong Kong but at the beginning it was difficult to understand the English Students here. Now I can understand everyone easily and my speaking is getting better every day. I really enjoy going on trips at weekends.
Jack: My name is Jack and I have been studying at Seaford College for over 18 months. Last year, I concentrated on my GCSE's and on improving my English. Now I'm doing 6th Form, My favourite subject is Maths. I really like the breakfast here, It's much better than Lunch!
Miriam: This is my first time to England and I have only been studying at Seaford College for a term, I was studying in Australia before, so that helped my English a lot. I soon got used to the school in the weeks after I arrived. I find the teachers and the students are really friendly and I'm definitely enjoying studying in England.