Seaford College

Seaford College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school at East Lavington, south of Petworth, West Sussex, England.[1] Founded in 1884, it is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The college is in Lavington Park, a 400 acres (1.6 km2) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs. The land is owned by a charitable trust and the site is run by the Board of Governors who are the trustees. The college is the inspiration for the Jennings and Darbishire children's books, written by alumnus Anthony Buckeridge.

Seaford College
Seaford College.svg
Lavington Park

West Sussex
GU28 0NB

TypePublic school
Independent day and boarding school
MottoLatin: "Ad Alta"
(Aim High)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderFrederick Savage
Department for Education URN126110 Tables
Chairman of GovernorsR Venables Kyrke
HeadmasterJohn Green
Age7 to 18
Colour(s)Blue and gold
Former pupilsOld Seafordians


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]

The main school building, previously Lavington Park country house, is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

School featuresEdit

Seaford College

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.[4]

Aerial view of the campus

Old SeafordiansEdit





Headmasters of SeafordEdit

Founder of Seaford College Frederick Savage
  • 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)

Notable associationsEdit


  1. ^ Seaford College – Reviews, Rankings, Reports, Stats & News 2009/10
  2. ^ "Seaford College Fees". Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  3. ^ Historic England. "LAVINGTON PARK / SEAFORD COLLEGE (1232490)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
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Coordinates: 50°56′18″N 00°39′18″W / 50.93833°N 0.65500°W / 50.93833; -0.65500