Our School

The school is divided into three areas which we call Early Years, Junior House and Senior House.

Our Early Years Centre is situated in its own building with a large garden at 51 Banstead Road South – it comprises Lower Nursery, Upper Nursery and Reception. 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.

Attendance in both Lower Nursery and Upper Nursery is recommended as  a minimum of five mornings. Parents also have the opportunity to add an extended morning to include lunchtime 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 Care, they are escorted from the Nursery to the Junior House building by members of staff. Supervised care is available until 6pm each day.

Nursery Sessions
Morning8:00am – 1:15pm
Full day8:00am – 3:15pm

More Information

We are delighted to report that, following our latest ISI inspection, Seaton House School was rated Excellent in All Areas and the school is currently ranked as Number 2 in the Sunday Times Top 100 Prep Schools in England.

Our Early Years Centre, situated at 51 Banstead Road South, houses Lower Nursery, Upper Nursery and Reception classes. Registration for Nursery is 8.00am and for Reception it is at 8.30am. Lower Nursery and Upper Nursery (morning sessions) finish at 12.00 noon or 1.15pm (extended lunch). Nursery (full day) and Reception finish at 3.15pm.

Offers of a place for entry into our Reception class are prioritised firstly to girls already attending Seaton House Nursery, secondly to registered siblings 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 Reception during the course of the academic year and from 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 behind 67 Banstead Road South, houses Forms I and II. Registration for Form I and Form II is at 8.30am and the day finishes 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 two playing fields, netball/tennis 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 Breakfast Club opens at 7.30am and there is a small charge for this service until 8am.  Early Birds Club offers supervised care from 8:00am until registration for which there is no charge.

We offer Prep daily for girls in Forms III – VI from 3:30pm – 4:30pm and also an After School Care for all children to 6.00pm and a charge does apply.

We offer a variety of after school activities currently including Drama, Ballet, Gymnastics, Science, Chess and Art and Crafts on a termly basis.  We also have regular 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, Chromebooks and iPads enhance the study of ICT and cross-curricular learning. Together with interactive whiteboards in each classroom the girls benefit from new technology to aid their learning.

Sport at Seaton House plays an important role with weekly swimming lessons from Form I upwards, culminating in an annual Gala. Girls participate in rounders, tennis, badminton and athletics during the summer months and netball, lacrosse, tag rugby, football, hockey and gymnastics in the winter. We have our own annual Gladman Netball Tournament and compete in a full programme of competitions and fixtures with other local schools.

During the Spring Term the girls in Form V  enjoy an action packed residential week. They experience activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, archery and horse riding.  Form VI go skiing!

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 & More Able 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 More Able  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 More Able policies are available to view in our Policies section.