Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College

Day Full Boarding East Sussex

Eastbourne College is fortunate to be stunningly situated on the edge of Eastbourne, yards from the sea and the glorious South Downs. Students can flourish in this wonderful setting with access to a safe town centre that allows them to become more independent but without the concerns or restrictions of isolated rural or urban schools. With over 620 pupils in the school, it is very much a community rather than an institution, where every child is known extremely well. Boys and girls, brothers and sisters, day pupils and boarders are totally involved in a school that believes wholeheartedly in full co-education and full boarding.

Headmaster Mr Tom Lawson MA
Year Founded 1867
Religion Christian
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Eastbourne College has a total of 627 pupils, with 280 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £7130 to £7250, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £10875 to £11000, per term.

175 Day Boys
(13- 18)
160 Day Girls
(13- 18)
178 Boarding Boys
(13- 18)
114 Boarding Girls
(13- 18)

About Eastbourne College

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.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries available, for more information please visit - http://www.eastbourne-college.co.uk/Scholarships-for-Year-9-Entry (Year 9) or http://www.eastbourne-college.co.uk/Scholarships-for-Year-12-Entry (Sixth Form)

Admissions Process

Initially, it is recommended that all prospective parents and pupils visit the College. Individual visits are offered during term time and Open Events are hosted throughout the year. The main stages of the admissions process are registration, offer of a place and acceptance. Where possible it is recommended that parents register their children up to two years in advance. Places are offered conditionally, based upon predicted grades, entrance tests (where Common Entrance or GCSEs are not taken) and a reference from the Head of the child’s present school. The main deadlines for entrance mostly fall within the Michaelmas term of the academic year preceding entry.


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