Eastbourne College recently completed Project 150, a £33 million state-of-the-art development for educating pupils 13 - 18. Set in the hub of the safe and increasingly lively seaside town of Eastbourne, and a stone’s throw from the picturesque seascape of the South Downs National Park, pupils at the College enjoy the 'blue health' afforded to them by this inspiring environment. With its endless horizons and endless opportunities, the College achieves a healthy balance between school work, extra-curricular activity and socialising. Academic excellence is ingrained into the culture enabled by a caring and productive house system to which pupils feel they belong. Boasting a ten year rolling average of 78% A* - B at A-level, Eastbourne College is an excellent choice for families who want to prepare their young adults effectively for all that life can throw at them.
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.
Only 70 miles from London, Eastbourne College is an educational community as opposed to an academic institution and provides an educational experience that is light years away from the world of London day schools. The College nestles at the foot of the South Downs, five minutes from the sea and a six minute walk from the station where direct trains to Gatwick, Clapham and Victoria take 60, 80 and 90 minutes respectively.
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. Almost every boy and girl goes on to university, 70% to Russell Group universities and nearly 10%, on average, to Oxbridge. Scholarships are offered for Year 9 and Year 12 entry.
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.
Strong Pastoral and Family-friendly
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. Many pupils make use of the wide-reaching minibus routes available.
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Fees: £7,710 - £11,885
Registration: No official deadline
Entry Pass Mark (%): 55-70
% to Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science: 10-20
% who go on to Art, Music, Drama, Performance colleges: 5-10
Pupils sent to universities outside the UK: A few in the last 5 years
The Head: Tom Lawson
Eastbourne College, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, BN21 4JX