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 National Park. 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 around 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 co-education and a flexible boarding offer. Recently, the College's learning environment has been enhanced enormously by the completion of a £33 million redevelopment called Project 150 (see below for more detail).

The headmaster, Tom Lawson, believes that the most important aim is to produce good people who other people want to be with. Furthermore, he is a proponent of the blue health that the school's location offers, adopting a healthy learning for the future approach. Since he began his headship, he has introduced a new boarding lodge which caters for day pupils with occasional boarding needs, an annual biathlon / steeplechase which encompasses the South Downs National Park, and has furthered the work of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership, a community outreach project that accounts for 14,000 local school-children in the maintained sector. In July 2018, Mr Lawson and Head of Partnerships, Linda Salway, received the Education Business Awards Community Award, on behalf of Eastbourne College, for outstanding community partnering work.

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 £7250, 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

A Superb Range of New Facilities for a Brighter Future

Eastbourne College is proud to announce completion of Project 150, a £33 million fabric enhancement that places the College at the forefront of learning environments in the UK. The ground-breaking, environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art development marks a pivotal point in the College’s history. Employing a predominantly local workforce and utilising expert knowledge from local companies and subcontractors, Project 150 (P150) has delivered everything asked for and contributed to the ongoing enhancement of Eastbourne’s Devonshire Quarter. Casting off into a sea of endless opportunities, the completion of P150 launches both an educational vessel and lights a bright beacon for children living in Eastbourne, London and the South East, and throughout the world. New facilities include:

  • 32 state-of-the-art classrooms
  • two technology suites
  • cricket pavilion with live-stream video analysis
  • dance studio with sprung floor and ceiling recess for ballet lifts and throws
  • large Sport England compliant sports hall (5 badminton courts long) enabling year-round multi-sport training
  • Sport England compliant six lane 25m indoor swimming pool with full Swiss touch-pad digital timing system
  • fitness suite for elite and inclusive participation, comprising cardiovascular machines (skiing, rowing, running, spin bikes and cross-trainers), free weights and cross-fit area, sprint track, and stretching / Pilates area
  • two glass-backed squash courts
  • alfresco-feel dinging hall for 600
  • Tim's cafe, including comfy sofas, widescreen HD TV, full barista service and WiFi for catching up on studies (ideal preparation for university and beyond)
  • stunning entertainment and exhibition spaces

150 Years of Academic Excellence

Eastbourne College strikes an excellent balance between academic success, healthy pursuits and time to explore the moral compass. We are advocates of an education that produces confident and resilient young adults as subtle by-products of outstanding teaching, and house tutors who ensure pupils reach beyond their perceived potential. It is with good reason that Eastbourne College is one of the top independent day and boarding schools and can boast a ten-year rolling average of 78.2 per cent A*-B at A-level. In summer 2017, College pupils achieved exceptional A-level results (18 scholars scoring 100 per cent A*-B and 82 per cent A*-A). These results ranked alongside the most selective schools in the country. As well as the consistently high academic results, the College ensures that all pupils receive the time they need to expand their contemporary knowledge and global perspective, while having access to an abundance of fun, inclusive social opportunities.

A Vast Array of Extra Opportunities for Pupils

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 is Strong

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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