Seaford College

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Seaford College
Motto Latin: "Ad Alta"
(Aim High)
Established 1884
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster John Green
Chairman of Governors R Venables Kyrke
Founder Colonel Frederick Savage
Location Lavington Park
West Sussex
GU28 0NB
DfE URN 126110 Tables
Students 619
Gender Coeducational
Ages 7–18
Colours Blue and White         
Former pupils Old Seafordians

Seaford College is an independent co-educational boarding and day-school located at East Lavington, south of Petworth, West Sussex, England.[1] The College was founded in 1884, and is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The college sits in the Lavington Park, in nearly 400 acres (1.6 km2) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the shadow of the South Downs. All of the land is owned by a charitable trust and the site is run by the Board of Governors who are the trustees.


The College was founded at Corsica Hall, Seaford on the East Sussex coast, in 1884 by Colonel Frederick Savage, who also served as headmaster from 1884 until 1920. In 1940, the College was disrupted by a government order requisitioning all boarding school premises in Seaford and giving only six weeks in which to find a safe home elsewhere. The College was evacuated to Worthing for the duration of World War II, and once peace had resumed, the new Headmaster Canon Charles Johnson began to look for a more suitable site, the College having outgrown its original premises in Seaford. In 1946 the decision was made to buy the estate at Lavington Park and the school moved to its current location. As of the academic year 2008/09 Senior School day fees are approximately £15,000 per year, with Senior School boarding fees approximately £20,000, though a number of bursaries and scholarships are available.[2]

School features[edit]

Seaford College

The main features of the school are:

  • Co-educational for the last ten years with 136 girls at all ages in the school.
  • Small class sizes: 4 small 15 average, 25 maximum.
  • Staff : Pupil ratio is 1:9.
  • Non-selective intake but examination results are high: 40% A and B grades at A level for the last four years.
  • Specialising in choral music, art & design, and sport.

With its staff for helping students with learning difficulties, Seaford College has facilities for Learning Support especially for children with dyslexia.

In the 2010 GCSE results 87.5% of the school's pupils achieved five or more passes at grades A* to C, with 73 per cent of pupils achieving five or more passes at the higher grades including English and maths.[3]


Aerial view of the campus

The campus is very compact. School Administration is based in "Mansion", the main school building. Mansion serves as a dining room and the girls' boarding house as well. The Mansion has a wealth of historic connections dating from Elizabethan times.

New boarding halls, Garden Wall West and Garden Wall East opened 2011.

Heden Hall and Heden Court (both named after Mr Heden who taught at the college) are the boarding houses for boys and girls, respectively, in their final year at Seaford College.

Wilberforce House is the junior school and boarding house for pupils aged 7 – 13.

The new Maths and Science department was officially opened in May 2005. It is located in the heart of the campus and provides advanced and up-to-date facilities for scientific demonstration.


The college has extensive sporting facilities, including an international-standard irrigated all-weather hockey pitch, a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, large sports hall, squash and tennis courts and extensive grounds for a whole range of competitive sports. The former Scotland rugby player Bill Cuthbertson teaches rugby at the school.


The senior school was divided into 2 houses: Manor, which has a light blue colour, and College, which has a navy blue colour. This has now been changed to four houses; Corsica which is red and its symbol is a phoenix, Adair which is maroon with the symbol of crossed swords and a crown, Charmandean which is gold with the symbol of a castle and finally Millburgh which is light blue the same as Manor was and its symbol is a boat. Manor was split into Charmandean and Millburgh, and College was split into Corsica and Adair. The junior school exists as a single house called Wilberforce, which itself is divided into two houses called Springfield and Norwood that correspond with the senior houses.

Notable Old Seafordians[edit]

Headmasters of Seaford[edit]

Founder of Seaford College Colonel Frederick Savage VD
  • Colonel Frederick Savage (1884–1920)
  • L.S.A Cowan (1920–1928)
  • The Revd John Macnutt (1928–1931)
  • The Revd William Hindley (1931–1935)
  • W. Leslie Land (1935–1944)
  • The Revd Charles Johnson (1944–1990)
  • Charles Hannaford (1990–1996)
  • Toby Mullins (1997–2013)
  • John Green (2013–present)

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Coordinates: 50°56′18″N 00°39′18″W / 50.93833°N 0.65500°W / 50.93833; -0.65500