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Eastbourne College

Co-educational day and boarding independent school for children aged 13-18

  • Headmaster: Mr Tom Lawson
  • Pupils: 649 – Boys: 379; Girls: 273 - Boarders: 196
  • Fees: up to £39,060 per annum
  • A Level at Sixth Form

About the School

Eastbourne College is located close to the centre of the lovely seaside town of Eastbourne, officially the sunniest place in the UK. The school has a stunning location, minutes from the beach and the South Downs, a glorious national park. Pupils grow up in a healthy environment that is busy and purposeful without being overtly hectic or pressured. They enjoy easy access to the South Downs, the beach, the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre and the Royal Eastbourne Golf Course, in addition to the college’s superb facilities on site, which include a recently completed £33million development. They have controlled access to the town (for the cafés, cinema, restaurants and shops) and learn to become independent young adults.

The College is a short walk from a mainline station which is, in turn, only a 50-minute train journey from Gatwick Airport (a frequent shuttle service allows transfer to Heathrow). Trains run to London Victoria in 90 minutes and to Ashford International (and from there into Europe) in an hour. Furthermore, assisted transfers to and from airports for younger pupils can easily be arranged.

All boys and girls join a house when they enter the College. For boarders, there are five boarding houses: three for boys and two for girls. Pupils remain in the same house throughout their time at the school. House year groups vary between ten and 12, with more boys and girls joining in the Lower Sixth, and each house holds between 60 and 70 pupils. All the boarding houses are staffed by a resident housemaster or housemistress who is supported by a strong team of experienced tutors, one (or more) of whom is also resident. The boarding houses also have a resident matron. The housemaster or housemistress is the primary point of contact for pupils and parents. They, and where appropriate matrons and tutors, are in frequent contact with parents.

Above all else, the houses are home for our pupils. They are welcoming social environments with common rooms, TV areas and kitchens to make snacks as well as being places for independent study. All pupils are known for who they are, and there are numerous opportunities to take on responsibilities and try new initiatives. Every house has a varied social calendar that includes dinners, outings, revues, parent forums, plays and sporting fixtures, many of which parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Pastoral care here is superb; together the wide team works to ensure that children’s strengths are recognised and developed so that pupils feel valued and affirmed.

Academic support is central and expectations are high in terms of individual development. Eastbourne College pupils typically achieve at least one grade more than predicted moving from GCSE to A-level their value-added date is clear. In 2020, sixth form pupils achieved excellent A-level results with almost 55% of the grades awarded being A* or A grades. Nearly 80% of all grades were A*, A or B with a 100% pass rate. At GCSE, almost 70% of pupils received at least five or more grades at 9-7. With almost 90 full-time specialist subject teachers and more than 20 part-time teachers, the school is able to deliver excellent teaching across a broad range of subjects. Departments are frequently open during the evenings and offer additional support at weekends and in the holidays.

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Staff and Student Quotes

“Eastbourne College enjoys a long and proud tradition of educating daughters and sons who live outside the UK. While typically 80 per cent or more of pupils come from the UK, we recognise the way that our children from overseas enrich all our lives, and I very much look forward to welcoming further pupils from abroad in the future.

It is a great pleasure every year to witness our pupils achieve so much both inside and outside the classroom. We are lucky to have outstanding staff and first-class facilities, and to be situated in a

beautiful seaside setting which allows our pupils to flourish in a healthy and safe environment.”

Mr. Tom Lawson

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Eastbourne College. I began as someone who couldn’t even speak English fluently and now, rather proudly, I will be joining Oxford. I cannot thank my teachers and housemistress enough for all their effort, help and support. The College has provided me with such a great platform, allowing me to grow and flourish as an individual. This is the place that I will always remember and miss.”

Clem Xu
Student from China

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