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Despite the increase in size, boys and parents refer approvingly to the school so often as ‘small’ that we check the pupil numbers. The atmosphere is peaceful but buzzy indoors and out; students engrossed in lessons or off to play sports with huge kitbags. With regards to having a go, the school aims for all boys to represent the school in an activity. Glad to see the girls as well as boys have a tug-of-war in the…

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Eltham College is a school rich in history, variety, vitality and care. Throughout its history, students from Eltham College have been recognised for their scholarship and commitment to serving others; they have gone on to give leadership and service in many areas beyond school life.

The aim of the school is to provide a balanced and stimulating education based on Christian principles and practice. Founded in 1842, originally for the sons of missionaries, it is now a day school for 570 boys and 60 Sixth Form girls in the Senior School, plus 200 boys in the Junior School. The school is set in over 60 acres of playing fields and is unique in that it has excellent facilities yet it is small enough to care and every pupil is known and valued as an individual. It is committed to academic achievement of the highest standards, but its yardstick is always the individual's potential. Students are encouraged to perform at their highest level both academically and in the breadth of school life. In the range of activities here, from sport, through outdoor pursuits, to our justly celebrated music, art and drama, there is scope for everyone to realise that potential. There is a purpose built sports centre on site housing a 25m swimming pool and indoor cricket centre. The school also has a new library and, most recently, a dedicated music school and hockey astroturf.

The school has over 25 musical groups performing regularly both in and out of school, a busy drama schedule in the performing-arts centre and regular international travel across all areas of school life. Standards in sports and games are high and there are national and regional representatives in many sports. There is a substantial commitment from pupils to local community service and charity work plus there are a wide range of vibrant clubs and societies.

Please note from September 2020 Eltham College will be welcoming girls for entry into Year 3 and 7, as well as our existing Sixth Form entry.
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Headmaster

Since 2014, Mr Guy Sanderson MA (Oxon) PGCE (40s). Studied PPE and then modern history at Trinity College, Oxford. Having started out as a stockbroker in the City, he followed this with a stint at the UN High Commission for Refugees in Pakistan and Afghanistan before teaching at a series of academic independents – St Paul’s, Whitgift, City of London Boys’ School and Reigate Grammar, where he rose to head of sixth form and deputy head.

His office, newly decorated in tasteful grey with fresh flowers and framed photography of the boys in action, is a small sign of his modernising intent and ambition to make the school one of the country’s best independent schools. However, it is important to him to be able to do this in his own...

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