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Seahaven Academy is a small but ambitious school for 11-16 year olds. We have a proud history serving the families of Newhaven and surrounding areas and our school is renowned for its welcoming and inclusive approach.

As a part of United Learning, we take seriously our mission to bring out the ‘best in everyone’. This means that we work incredibly hard to ensure that students not only receive the best education possible, but also the best pastoral care to allow them to achieve exceptional outcomes and to succeed in their adult lives.

We are ideally situated with the inspiration of views over the English Channel and towards the Seven Sisters Country Park. We are within easy reach of Eastbourne and Brighton and enjoy excellent partnerships with United Learning schools and across East Sussex.

With a rigorous approach to behaviour and learning, we have high expectations of all our students. We believe that every student at Seahaven Academy, wherever they come from, whatever they have achieved in the past, should be able to exceed expectations in their time with us and look back on their time at our school with happiness and pride.

Students are always the best ambassadors for their school and so we would be delighted to welcome you to meet them and see our whole school community in action.

At Seahaven Academy we challenge our students to think big and aim high, to be respectful and compassionate towards others and to see themselves as an essential part of the local and global community. We have high expectations of our students and of ourselves and are committed to fulfilling the United Learning mission of bringing out ‘the best in everyone’.

We ensure that students not only receive the best education possible, but also the best pastoral care to allow them to achieve exceptional outcomes.

We want Seahaven students to be outstanding in whatever they do, academically and socially, as confident, creative and determined young people, ready to flourish in our evolving world.

Our ethos is that every student at Seahaven Academy, wherever their talents lie, feels that they achieved their ambitions in their time with us. We want our students to look back on their years at Seahaven with happiness and pride. Students are always the best ambassadors for their school. We will be delighted to welcome you to visit us and see our school community in action.

Settling in at Seahaven has been easy. Staff are helpful and the Senior Team is supportive. The fact that Seahaven is a small school means I have been able to get to know staff and pupils very quickly. I am able to positively impact on the learning of the pupils in a disruption-free classroom.

Nicola Stokes, Head of Maths

Coming to Seahaven Academy was one of the best life choices I’ve ever made.  A fresh new building, fantastic staff and students and, on a sunny day, a million pound view you have to see to believe.  Every day is different and the fun you can have is like no other place I have worked in, and that’s just with the students.  I give Seahaven Academy ∞ out of 100 (there’s one for the maths dept).

Ollie Funnell, Teaching Assistant

I settled in straight away at Seahaven.  Everyone is friendly, supportive and only too happy to help people out – we’re one big team.  Everyone is working towards the same goal and United Learning is the same; it’s all about the best education possible for our students.

Phoebe Stow, Teacher

The teachers always make sure you know what to do and that you can do it to your best standard.

It’s safe, friendly and you’re really well looked after.

The school is really well organised. Roll-call in the mornings is really good for getting everything ready.

The teachers make the lessons fun and make sure everyone has a say in their learning.

The Binary Behaviour policy makes a big difference in lessons. If someone is distracting you they will be removed.

This is the best school because you get rewarded for doing the right things!

The teachers are kind and they look after you.

Working for Seahaven Academy

A school which is ambitious and determined to provide the absolute best for all its students

A small, close-knit community both within the school and in the local area

A policy of ‘disruption-free learning’ which allows teachers to teach and students to learn

Links across the United Learning network and within East Sussex, providing excellent CPD and opportunities for development and progression

A great induction programme for all staff, whatever your experience, to ensure new staff settle in quickly (see our testimonials)

A fantastic staff team, committed to making sure the United Learning motto ‘the best in everyone’ applies to students and staff alike

A modern building with excellent facilities and the best views in the entire country – come and see for yourself!

Working for United Learning

Our pledge, to all our academy teachers, is that by working for us you will benefit from more pay, more time, and more support.  

More pay…

more time…

and more support

  • We pay an average of 5% above national scales – the best rates of pay in the sector


  • We offer starting salaries of £39,500 in Inner London, and £32,850 nationally
  • We offer a health cash plan giving you money towards essential medical treatment
  • Our staff discount scheme saves you money on supermarket shopping, gym memberships, holidays and more



  • All our academies start every term with an additional INSET day set aside for your own planning (in addition to the usual five INSET days - giving you eight in total)


  • At least one guaranteed  paid personal day each year, to use as you want
  • We offer opportunities for flexible working



  • We provide high quality training and development for every stage in your career


  • Every teacher benefits from a bespoke development plan to support your progression and aspirations


  • We give you access to a high-quality curriculum with excellent resources


  • Benefit from support from expert subject advice
  • Access to a comprehensive wellbeing programme, providing support with issues from legal and financial to family and housing; access to free counselling; and other wellbeing support




By joining Seahaven Academy you will also become part of United Learning - a unique group of independent and state schools working together to bring out the best in everyone. Our vision is to provide excellent education, which prepares young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives. United Learning focuses sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, apply that to classroom practice, allowing schools to continue to learn and develop. It is a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience.

The approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere.

The development programmes offer access to tailor-made training no matter your career stage, alongside unrivalled opportunities for your career development across both the maintained and independent sectors. The Performance and Development Reviews (PDR) encompass personal aspiration, impact on pupil achievement and identification of continuous professional development and training that is right for you and your future. For more information please visit our dedicated careers site.

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With us, you can achieve your PGCE and QTS with extensive support from professional mentors, tutors and subject specialists – in a location that suits you. At United Teaching, we don’t just train you to teach – we invest in your potential as a future educational leader, supporting you every step of the way.

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