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Eastbourne College

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The stunning main building with its cloisters opening onto College Field, the iconic rugby and cricket pitch, gets you at first sight. We dropped into the school’s recording studio and saw the magic: a current year 11’s music video up on the control centre’s screen...The removal of Saturday school has shifted the dial at this traditionally full boarding school and now...

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There are not many top independent schools in Britain where you can take a six-minute stroll and find yourself on the doorstep of a national park, an international tennis venue, a county cricket ground, two challenging golf courses, award-winning beaches, theatres, a modern art gallery, a brand new shopping centre (with cinema) and a mainline station to London (85 minutes), London Gatwick Airport (55 minutes) and Ashford International (direct trains to Paris).

Founded over 150 years ago, today Eastbourne College reaches out like never before, connecting its boarding and day pupils with the raft of opportunities that abound within a few hundred metres of the school; and beyond. The College's learning environment is second to none thanks to its £33 million Project 150 redevelopment, an outstanding, supportive house system, and a timetable which optimises educational contact time, provides guided optional Saturday morning enrichment sessions, and promotes a busy calendar of competitive sport and inclusive social.

The College has got into a tradition of stimulating academic success while developing people of good character; good people that others want to be with. In 2022, almost 55 per cent of A-level grades were awarded at A* or A.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.





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Since 2016, Tom Lawson, read PPE at Oxford and previously deputy head at Christ’s Hospital. Spent a decade in the City before 16 years at Winchester as a housemaster and head of boarding.

Over the course of his headship at Eastbourne College (EC), Mr Lawson has overseen a vast renovation of the campus. Project 150, as it is known, has resulted in a new fitness centre, swimming pool, school cafe, 32 new classrooms, art gallery, canteen, and has completely transformed the school site. But he is less about glamour projects and more about ‘rounding the individual’. Regarded by staff and pupils as an ‘intellectual genius’ he is intent on upping the academic ante, ‘We want to be all-round, but academics must come first,’ he says.


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The College operates a policy of integration for pupils needing learning support, while providing additional help through extra tuition from specialist teachers, dispensations in examinations and monitoring as necessary. The College aims to recruit pupils who will cope with the academic demands and pass the GCSE hurdle for entry into the sixth form, currently a grade average of six. Children who have experienced some learning difficulties, but achieve an average of 50 per cent at CE, and have interests and talents that can be nurtured and developed here, should thrive. Specialist lessons are generally provided on an individual basis, though, when appropriate, pupils are occasionally taught in small groups. Pupils have one or two 35 minute lessons a week. Lessons usually take place within the academic timetable. Pupils in Years 9-11 can choose Supported Study as an option, providing time for tuition and supervision from specialist staff. Otherwise suitable times for lessons are arranged. Fees for tuition are set by the College, and charged as extra on termly bills. The learning support co-ordinator, house master/mistress and tutor work to provide good communication between all those involved in teaching, monitoring progress and meeting pupils’ needs. Eastbourne College is a family co-educational school, and we are always happy to meet parents, show them round and discuss their children’s needs. If there are any doubts about the college being the right school for a particular child, then there will be careful consultation with parents and the feeder school.

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