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





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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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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 6th Form, currently 4 Bs and 2 Cs. Children who have experienced some learning difficulties, but achieve an average of 50% at Common Entrance, 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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