Seaford College,希弗德中学，希弗德学院 Petworth,
West Sussex GU28 0NB
Tel: 01798 867392 Fax: 01798 867606
• CO-ED, 10–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 401, Upper sixth 50
• Termly fees £3165–£3955 (Day), £4650–£6020 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in Seaford in 1884, it moved to West Sussex in 1946 and has a fine site
in 360 acres of splendid wooded parkland below the Downs between Petworth and
Chichester. Many staff live on the park to produce a community atmosphere. It is
now co-educational; girls have been accepted into the sixth form since 1993 and
then throughout the school. There are excellent modern facilities including a
design technology and art centre, a junior house (10–12-year olds) and a new
maths and science block; a new boys’ boarding house is under construction. 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. Good art, technology and music departments; the choir
has an international reputation. Wide range of sport, games and extra-curricular
activities, including a thriving CCF.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 10–18; 401 pupils, 276 day (186 boys, 90 girls), 125
boarding (87 boys, 38 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 10, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own exam
used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (including sixth-form
subjects). Pupils come from a wide range of local prep schools.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Some scholarships, value £500,
awarded at 11, 13 and 16; some additional help available on a means-tested
basis. Bursaries for children of HM Forces and for siblings. Parents expected to
buy textbooks in sixth form; compulsory extras £10.
Parents 30+% live within 30 miles; up to 10% live overseas.
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.
Teaching staff: 35 full time, 12 part time. Annual turnover 4%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 76 pupils in fifth: 42% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects, 33% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 45 (42 over 5 years).
A-level: 50 in upper sixth, most taking A-levels. 40% passed in 3
subjects; 40% in 2; 16% in 1 subject. Average final point score achieved by
upper sixth formers 230.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (3% after a gap year). 10% in science & engineering, 34% in
humanities & social sciences, 32% in art & design, 24% in vocational subjects.
Others typically go on to art college.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 AS/A-level 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). 38% upper sixth
take science/maths A-levels, 52% arts/humanities, 10% both. 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 (French
compulsory from age 11 to GCSE). Visits arranged to France, Germany and Spain.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject. Wireless network provides access,
including for laptops, from all academic and residential areas (15 hours a day).
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 & 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.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, netball, cross-country, cricket, golf, athletics,
squash, swimming, shooting, tennis, badminton, basketball, archery, canoeing,
fencing, trampolining. GCSE and A-level may be taken. International rugby
representative U16; national awards for schools at clay-pigeon shooting and
Activities: CCF compulsory for 5 terms at age 13 (optional in other
years; most continue). Duke of Edinburgh silver award and 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.
Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. School prefects and head pupil
appointed by Headmaster; head of house and house prefects by housemaster.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship (C of E) compulsory.
Social: Tennis, lacrosse, debates and dances with other local school;
social visits to sixth-form club. 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 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
Boarding All sixth form have own study bedroom; Years 10 and 11 in
single or double study bedrooms. Resident qualified nurses. Central dining
rooms. Some basic cooking facilities in boarding houses. Half-term and 2 weekend
exeats termly. Visits to Chichester allowed. Many parents watch matches.