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‘Brilliant pastoral care’, said parent, ‘tutors will call just to say how things are going’, another parent telling us the school identified and told her about a problem with her daughter before she knew anything was wrong. The aquathalon (swimming in the sea, then running along the prom) was only cancelled because of stormy seas…but the whole school was steeplechasing across the downs…A head of futures has just started, and sixth formers are delighted: one told us careers advice used to be...

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Eastbourne College is a co-educational boarding school with equal numbers of day and boarding pupils. An Eastbourne College education develops pupils academically, broadens their experience outside the classroom, inculcates agreed values and prepares them to play an effective role in society. The school is a community in which staff, pupils and their parents are wholly involved in the full-boarding life of the College. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

Sports

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

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2016, Tom Lawson (PPE Oxford), married to Jessica with two children and adored Boxer dog Roy. Previously deputy head at Christ’s Hospital, and a 16 year stint at Winchester.

At Eastbourne College (EC), the head has found his fit. He looks back wistfully to a time when public school was about becoming a balanced human being, not hitting the top of the league tables; his primary aim for pupils: to be good people other people want to be with - ‘they come out really nice’… 

Loved by pupils, who smile when they think of their head: ‘great guy - decent sense of humour’; ‘modern  - bringing EC into the 21st century’; ‘really nice…witty…makes an effort to know us all’. Tells great stories in assembly, which always start, ’So...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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