Eastbourne College offers a full education that is so much more than the excellent academic results its boys and girls achieve year after year. All pupils are given every opportunity to achieve across the board: academically, in the creative arts, on the sports field, as individuals and in teams. They thrive in a welcoming and purposeful environment and develop into confident, able and responsible individuals who make life-long friends while at the College. It employs only first class teachers who understand that their role extends far beyond excellence in the classroom and preparation for examinations. They are fully committed to the College’s unique approach to education, which provides individual work spaces for day pupils and boarders alike, ensures that day houses are supervised until 8pm every weekday evening and encourages pupils to throw themselves into a full programme of activities every day of the College’s six-day working week. The College is academically selective, requiring a Common Entrance minimum mark of 50%. It offers scholarships at Year 9 and Year 12. Academically, pupils achieve outstanding results, outperforming much more selective schools: in 2016, 78% of all A Level and AS Level grades were A*, A or B and over 98% of this year's 121 GCSE Year 11 pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades, with 27% of all grades at A*.
The College is embarked on a major building programme. The Birley Centre, a contemporary performing arts centre, opened in 2011 and we already have some of the best science and design technology facilities in the country. Music, music technology and recording facilities are of professional quality. Future projects include a new sports centre, academic teaching block and dining facilities – all, we hope, to be delivered for the College’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Both sport and the arts are considered vital elements in the education of all pupils. Many boys and girls achieve excellence in sport at regional and national level, whilst others excel in the fields of music, drama, art and dance. The Birley Centre is home to a wide variety of workshops and master classes run by Glyndebourne Youth - just one of a number of projects that make up an official partnership with Glyndebourne. Ballet Rambert visits regularly for workshops. There is a very varied and popular Pro-arts Programme for students, parents and visitors alike. Pastoral support at the College is renowned. Pupils and their families are valued in this educational community where strong relationships are nurtured and highly prized. In recognition of the pressures of modern family life day pupils may go home any time between 6.00 and 8.00pm, with parental and school permission.