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Newlands Pre-Preparatory School
Eastbourne Road, BN25 4NP, UK Seaford
+44 (0)1323 490000

Newlands - Co-Educational Day School, Boarding School. Seaford, East Sussex, UK

Welcome to the Newlands School website. I hope you enjoy learning more about this unique co-educational school which offers high quality education to children from 0 years through to 18. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the outskirts of Seaford, East Sussex , Newlands is, proudly, a small school where each individual is encouraged to maximise his or her ability, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Small classes enable pupils to achieve excellent academic results, considerably higher than comparable schools, and careful and accurate monitoring of pupils' progress ensures that every student fulfils his or her potential. The breadth of curriculum and the array of activity offered outside the classroom help to ensure that pupils at Newlands receive an education that equips them for the multi-faceted world in which they will take their place. The strength of the pastoral care ensures that pupils understand the importance of good personal relationships and the school is renowned for the quality of the young people it produces. I hope you enjoy reading more about this wonderful school and I hope you will visit us in person in the near future.

Chris Bridgman , Headmaster


Newlands is proudly a non-selective school. It caters for a wide ability range, and its setting policy, allied to the extra help available to those who need some specific help to maximise their potential, allows the school to offer appropriate education to the majority of children.

Entrance is by interview with the headmaster, and reports from the previous school. Where there are more detailed reports available, for example and Educational Psychologist's report, these will be requested and carefully studied prior to interview.

Newlands puts great store by the idea of 'Taster Days', when a child comes to the school for one or two days, and sometimes even longer. This allows the pupil to get a feeling for the school and for the school to get to know the prospective pupil better. It also makes the moment of joining the school much less daunting for the pupil since they are already conversant with the routines and shape of the school day, as well as having already found friends within their peer group.

The Registrar and the Headmaster's Personal Assistant are charged with organising matters to do with registration and arranging visits, interviews and Taster Days, and can be contacted at the school either by telephone on 01323 490000 or by e-mail at Alternatively you can use the enquiry form on this website.


At Newlands we set out to create an environment in which children will be safe, stimulated and challenged; a place where fun and enjoyment go hand in hand with learning and discovery. Achieving aims and maintaining our high standards does not happen by accident. It is the result of a carefully thought out approach, clearly defined objectives and high standards, as well as regular reviews of our performance.

We value our relationship with our parents and are committed to working in partnership with them by sharing information, listening and fostering good communication.

The Nursery staff are fully C.R.B. vetted and regularly attend inset training to keep up to date with the current governmental policies. All have appropriate Qualifications including N.V.Q, P.L.A and R.G.N

All our staff have made a commitment to these aims;

  • Provide the children in our care with an environment that is healthy, safe and educationally stimulating;
  • Value and support the children's natural curiosity, inquisitiveness and experimentation;
  • Ensure, as far as possible, that children acquire a positive image of themselves;
  • Provide activities and events that are developmentally appropriate;
  • Continue to undertake professional training and development;
  • Work as a team.

We believe that early childhood is a time of rapid open-minded learning, of vivid imagination and intrigue with the universe.

The children's absorbent, active minds are ready and willing to be exposed to a variety of learning experiences.

We are committed to preserving the children's right to be playful, have fun and develop at their own pace. The variety of activities and experiences we offer will engage them in exploring the richness and diversity of seasons, festivals, their own interests, and the interests of other's.

Our approach incorporates principles which are synonymous with common features of good practice. This includes the implementation of the Early Learning Goals Curriculum and requirements laid down by the Department of Education in the Q.C.A. Curriculum Guidance document, and also the Sure Start programme: Birth to three matters'. We provide a well organised physical environment, consistent daily routine, and an adult approach that encourages children to:

  • Use initiative and make decisions about what they are going to do and how they are going to do it;
  • Develop self-discipline, identify personal goals and complete self-chosen tasks;
  • Work with other children and adults so that work done is a result of group planning co-operative effort and shared leadership;
  • Express themselves through speech, writing, drawing, movement and drama;
  • Be creative, have a spirit of enquiry and openness to knowledge and other people's point of view;
  • Apply reason in a wide range of situations and use a variety of materials.

 We operate a continual assessment system using the Stepping Stone from the Q.C.A. Curriculum Guidance document which helps us to plan activities and work to the level needed for each individual child.


Newlands Pre Prep offers a dynamic, progressive curriculum in a child-centered environment. The children enter at the age of four and slot in smoothly, coming across from our Nursery where they are already familiar with the Newlands environment. Introductory activities are offered to ease the integration process, which encourages interaction with siblings.
The children also have the opportunity to participate with the Prep and Manor pupils in assemblies and concerts.
Our classes are small with a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:8. In the early years we aim to build competence and nurture confidence with a structured and systematic curriculum from Reception to Year 2. The pastoral care and the teaching of all the core subjects are the responsibility of the form teacher. These include:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Divinity
  • P.S.H.E.
  • Art
  • Drama

Our specialist staff provide:

  • French
  • Music (Instrumental and Singing)
  • Dance (Ballet and Modern)
  • I.C.T
  • Swimming, Gymnastics and Games.

Our impressive facilities include:

  • Dedicated rooms for Art, I.C.T. Music and a Library.
  • Sports Hall
  • Dance Studios
  • Swimming Pool
  • Two spacious, well equipped playgrounds

The children benefit from educational and entertaining outings, which enhance the whole learning experience and include:

  • Theatres
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Hikes

Our Support Centre is renowned for all the help it provides to those who need it the most. Our SEN department has the resources and skills to accelerate learning. Children are tested as early as possible as a preventative measure and Individual Educational Programmes are carefully structured. The SENCO liases with our department, parents and any outside professionals to ensure the best possible results.

Our ethos is simple. We believe a happy child is a successful child and, therefore, this value is at the heart of everything we do. Our goal is to make the transition from the Pre-Prep to the Prep as easy as possible by making the children increasingly independent. The Parents are an integral link in this process and have many opportunities to be involved. The style of teaching is traditional yet fun, as we aim for excellence and employ a multi-sensory approach in the classroom. Homework is set daily and includes Reading, Spelling and Numeracy. We provide many motivational incentives to bring out the best in our pupils. Positive reinforcement is a vital part of all we do as we celebrate their talents and efforts. Our staff are dedicated, hardworking and approachable, guiding the students to reach for the stars. We warmly invite any potentially new children to a taster day with a difference!


Newlands Prep School Provides education for 8-13 year old boys and girls; thus they enter in Year 3 of the National Curriculum and leave in Year 8.

The curriculum is broad, balanced and seeks to promote the spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development of the children in the school. Besides the core subjects of English, Mathematics Science and Modern Languages (French and Spanish), the following are also taught: Geography, History, Religious Studies, Latin or Classical Studies, Design Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Physical Education, Art, Music and Food Technology. Personal, Social and Health Education forms an integral component of many of these although it is timetabled as a separate subject.

Numerous opportunities exist which enrich the basic curriculum, e.g.

  • the Performing Arts Course in dance (ballet, modern, tap and jazz), music, drama and computer aided theatre design, which is undertaken by some students in addition to the above mentioned main-stream subjects
  • sports' fixtures against other schools
  • a strong dramatic tradition at Newlands gives large numbers of children the chance to act, sing or help back-stage; productions, created with the help of the Music Department, are presented once or twice a year
  • large numbers of pupils also learn a variety of musical Instruments (string, woodwind, brass, percussion, classical guitar and piano) under the guidance of twelve peripateic staff; there is a flute ensemble, a recorder group, a guitar group, an orchestra, a choir and a jazz choir. Ensembles perform regularly at both school and public concerts, carol services, musical plays and morning assemblies. Pupils have the opportunity to join other schools in musical events and they can also undertake examinations from grades 1 to 8
  • activity sessions for approximately one hour and occurring on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, permit children to take part in a wide range of pastimes, e.g. hobbies, extra sports, golf, judo and pottery
  • Outdoor pursuits, organised by the P.E. Department, are undertaken by each year group annually, graduating from a day's field-work in year 4 to a demanding four day camp in year 8
  • whole school assemblies, on three or four days a week, provide extra moral or spititual content; weekly Form periods permit opportunities for pastoral discussion and House meetings are held after each “plus and minus count” (the merit system), when a pupil's progress can be monitored.

All children follow the same academic curriculum but if they have a specific learning difficulty or they are learning English as an additional language, there are specialist staff available in the separate, well-equipped Gannon Centre to give the help that is required. Similarly, the needs of the most able are supervised by the Heads of Department.

Small teaching groups, of mixed ability or setted pupils, is one of the school's methods of meeting educational needs. The core subjects are set according to ability and the other disciplines are taught to mixed ability Form groups.

 The school is committed to the principal of equal opportunity but in some cases it would not be in a pupil's best interest to study precisely the same as others. For example,

  • strong linguists study both French and Latin; others study only Spanish. A pupil with a special educational need may not study a foreign language at all but undertake instead additional tuition in other subjects especially English
  • those children in need of regular support from the Gannon Centre staff will have lessons timetabled during the course of the day at appropriate times
  • some extra activities are conducted by external instructors and therefore need to be charged as an extra


Year 9

Entry into Year 9 is a vital stage of secondary education and is the transition between Key Stage 3 and GCSE. Students in Year 9 at Newlands follow a broad curriculum which provides a firm foundation for GCSE studies. At the end of the Spring Term in Year 9 students will be asked to choose the subjects they wish to study for GCSE and during Year 9 they will have been given the opportunity to sample a large majority of the subjects offered at Newlands for GCSE.

Transfer from the Prep School to Newlands Manor is facilitated by the fact that most Prep School pupils will have had several opportunities to visit the Manor, and many teachers teach in both the Manor and the Prep School. Students will find much that is familiar, but may find that teaching styles and daily life have some differences. Those joining Newlands for the first time in Year 9 will be made very welcome and the small class sizes and informal atmosphere should ensure that they soon feel at home.

Students in the Manor are expected to take greater responsibility for themselves and their learning. Each day they are given homework to do, which generally takes about 1 hour. This can sometimes be completed during Prep sessions during the school day; otherwise it is done at home or at the Boarding House in the evening.

Students are placed into sets for English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Languages, and for some subjects are taught in their form group. Each student is allocated to a Tutor Group overseen by the Form Tutor who is responsible for the pastoral care of each student in the group.

Year 10&11

The GCSE Options Guide outlines the courses offered at Newlands Manor and should enable you and your son or daughter to make informed choices about their academic future.

There are subjects that every student will take as a matter of course. These are referred to as the ‘core' subjects and comprise English, Mathematics and Science. English Literature is offered to most students as part of the English course. Students then choose a maximum of 5 options. Students who have commitments within the Theatre Arts programme may be advised to restrict the number of options chosen to allow time for independent study.

Information within the Guide is correct at the time of publication, but changes, such as choice of examination board, may be made by Departments. We aim to offer as much flexibility as possible within the constraints of the timetable.

GCSE courses currently offered are:

French, Music, Spanish, Drama, History, Dance, Latin, Classical Civilisation, Geography, Religious Studies, Art, Business Studies, Textiles, Diploma in Digital Applications

Design Technology, ICT, Food and Nutrition and Physical Education


The main aim of our Sixth Form provision is to prepare you for successful transition into Higher Education and employment.

This is achieved by offering you a good range of academic subjects to study at both AS and A2 level, providing you with the opportunity to broaden your experiences and supporting you with preparation for your career progression.

There are a number of reasonable expectations that the school will have of you and that you will have of the school.

You will be expected to:

  • Set a good example in terms of dress and behaviour by adhering to the Sixth Form Code of Conduct
  • Contribute to the wider aspects of school life by getting involved and taking on responsibilities
  • Complete a minimum of five hours independent study per week for each subject
  • Attend school at the requested times

You can expect us to:

  • Plan and deliver appropriate AS and A2 courses in small groups, to enable you to get into college or university
  • Provide you with continual relevant careers education and guidance to help you make informed decisions
  • Provide you with adequate facilities for your periods of independent study

As a member of the Sixth Form you will be expected to register at 8.15am and 1.45pm, Monday to Friday, with your personal tutor. Lessons or independent study will take place until lunch, which is usually at 1.00pm. Scheduled afternoon lessons must be attended, beyond which you can arrange how you spend your time.

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