The school is divided into three areas which we call Nursery, Junior House and Senior House.
Our Nursery, situated in its own building with a large garden at 51 Banstead Road South, comprises Lower Nursery and Upper Nursery. The earliest we accept girls and boys into Lower Nursery is in the term in which they celebrate their third birthday but you can choose to enter at the start of each new term, ie. Autumn, Spring or Summer subject to spaces being available.
|Autumn||September 1st – 31st December|
|Spring||January 1st – 30th April|
|Summer||May 1st – 31st August|
Minimum attendance in Lower Nursery is three mornings and in Upper Nursery is five mornings. Parents also have the opportunity to add an extended morning to include lunchtime, when a packed lunch should be brought in, or to stay for a full day until 3.15pm. Parents can amend their sessions prior to the start of each new term, up to a maximum of five full days. Nursery children can be accommodated from 8.00am by attending Early Birds and if you wish them to attend After School Club they are escorted from the Nursery to Junior House by members of staff where supervised care is available until 5.30pm each day.
|Morning||8:45am – 12:00 noon|
|Extended morning||8:45am – 1:00pm (includes lunchtime)|
|Full day||8:45am – 3:15pm|
Offers of a place for entry into our Reception class are prioritised firstly to sisters of girls already attending Seaton House, secondly to girls currently in our Upper Nursery and finally to external applicants who have registered to join directly into Reception. We operate a non-selective policy for girls entering into our Reception class. However for entry into Form I onwards, any offer of a place is subject to satisfactory assessments in English and Mathematics.
Junior House, also situated in its own building at 67 Banstead Road South, houses our Reception class and Forms I and II. The Reception girls have access to their own garden from their ground floor classroom. Registration is at 8:40am and the day finishes for Reception girls at 3:15pm and for Forms I & II at 3:30pm.
Senior House, is located behind Junior House on land between Banstead Road South and Southway and houses our ‘senior’ girls in Forms III, IV, V & VI. We have a playing field, tennis/netball courts, a quiet area, gardening area and wildlife area including a pond for nature study.
At Seaton House in both Junior and Senior Houses, we have a one form entry per year group and we take a maximum of 20 girls in each form.
Our ‘Early Birds’ offers supervised care from 8:00am until registration for which there is no charge.
We offer a ‘Homework Club’ daily for girls in Forms III – VI from 3:30pm – 4:30pm and also an ‘After School Club’, for all children, Nursery and Reception to 5.30pm, Forms I – VI to 6.00pm and a charge does apply.
We offer a variety of after school activities currently including Drama, Gymnastics, Science, and Dance on a termly basis, but these clubs may change due to attendance levels and we have visiting peripatetic music teachers specialising in piano, flute and guitar. We have an enthusiastic choir and thriving orchestra and each year includes drama productions, musical evenings, visiting workshops, out of school visits, residential activity stays ( Forms III-VI), a poetry competition, talent show and much more.
In Senior House we have specialist subject teachers and class sets of laptops enhance the study of ICT and cross-curricular learning. Together with interactive whiteboards in each classroom the girls are benefitting from new technology to aid their learning.
Sport at Seaton House plays an important role with weekly swimming lessons from Form II upwards culminating in an annual Gala. Rounders, athletics and tennis in the summer months and netball, hockey and gymnastics in the winter. We have our own annual Gladman Netball Tournament and field teams in a full programme of competitions and fixtures with other local schools.
In the Spring Term the girls in Form V & VI enjoy an action packed activity week away staying alternately in Bude in North Cornwall and on the Isle of Wight. They experience abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, archery and surfing. An all-day walk along the coastal path along with a full days outing to the Eden Project and many other fun team building challenges ensures a full, lively and action packed week.
Prior to this week away for our older girls, we have introduced a one-night and two-night trip to more local destinations for our Form III & IV girls respectively. This allows them to become used to being away from home for short periods before their week long stays in Forms V & VI.
Gifted & Talented Pupils
Seaton House School is committed to providing the necessary support to ensure that all our pupils are able to access the curriculum and fulfill their potential. Additional support is provided throughout Junior and Senior House and is based on each individual pupil’s learning needs.
Gifted and Talented pupils are identified through a range of evidence, such as the results of standardised tests and end of term exams, the standard of class work and teacher recommendation. Gifted pupils are those who excel in academic areas of the curriculum and talented pupils are those who are outstanding in Leadership, Sport, Art, Music and/or Drama. These pupils will be provided with extension work within lessons and offered a variety of enrichment opportunities, such as attending workshops or courses at local secondary schools or the opportunity to organise events.
We have a Special Needs Policy that is in line with the Government’s Code of Practice. The main objectives of this policy are to improve the quality of learning experiences for all pupils at Seaton House School and to establish an agreed range of practices in relation to the identification and support of pupils with special educational needs. Girls who are experiencing difficulties with their learning receive additional support which includes the provision of differentiated material and tasks within the classroom and withdrawal from class to one-to-one or small group sessions where appropriate. Parents are consulted on their child’s individual programme of learning and are kept regularly informed of their progress by means of report, parents’ evenings and informal meetings.
The School’s Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented policies are available to view in our Policies section.