Eastbourne College

The sea inspires us. Endless horizons reflect the potential for all our pupils, the limitlessness of their aspiration. We think of ourselves as the ‘blue health school’ harnessing our coastal location to the benefit of our children’s physical and mental wellbeing.

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    Eastbourne College

    Where else can you 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 state-of-the-art cinema, and a mainline station to London 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 optional, guided Saturday morning enrichment sessions, and promotes a busy calendar of competitive sport with time to socialise. 

    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 2020, 55 per cent of A-level grades were awarded at A* or A, and a shade under 80 per cent were A*-B. Maths, English, the sciences, the humanities, languages and creative arts continue to be beacons of excellence, and the vast majority of pupils achieved A-level grades that enabled them to access top courses at the leading universities at home or abroad. Healthy learning for the long term and an extra-mile approach to pastoral care are the guiding principles that underpin an Eastbourne College education. The school takes a gold-standard approach and consistently ranks in the top 4 per cent nationally for academic ‘value added’.

    Category: Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 355 Boys / / 290 Girls

    Day pupils: 345

    Boarder Number: 300

    Age Range: 13-18 Years

    Founded: 1867

    Location Description

    The College is situated on the edge of Eastbourne’s town centre, a stone’s throw from the sea and the glorious South Downs, and a five minute walk to the station, with its main-line trains to London Victoria.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Tom Lawson MA (Oxon)

    Contact for enquiries:Ms Louisa Cluskey, Assistant Registrar

    Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4JX

    Tel: 01323 452323

    Email: admissions@eastbourne-college.co.uk



    Set in a stunning location between the sea and the South Downs, Eastbourne College offers a superb education for its pupils. Every boy and girl is encouraged and supported to find their own superb.

    The importance of family life cannot be under-estimated and in 2019 the College responded to this by introducing a new boarding model that accommodates greater weekend flexibility. The ‘flexi’ weekends enable pupils to choose whether they remain at school or return home for part or the whole of the weekend. These are in addition to traditional exeat weekends.

    In 2019, Dame Katherine Grainger DBE officially opened Eastbourne College’s Project 150 (P150) buildings. The £33 million P150 development places the College at the forefront of learning environments in the UK.


    Facilities include:

    32 state-of-the-art classrooms

    Two technology suites

    Cricket pavilion with live-stream video analysis

    Dance studio with sprung floor and ceiling recess for ballet lifts and throws

    Large Sport England compliant sports hall (5 badminton courts long) enabling year-round multi-sport training

    Sport England compliant six-lane 25m indoor swimming pool

    Fitness suite for elite and inclusive participation, comprising cardiovascular machines (skiing, rowing, running, spin bikes and cross-trainers), free weights and cross-fit area, sprint track, and stretching / Pilates area

    Two glass-backed squash courts

    Alfresco-feel dining hall

    Tim’s cafe, including comfy sofas, widescreen HD TV (Apple TV) and WiFi for catching up on studies (ideal preparation for university and beyond)

    Stunning entertainment and exhibition spaces

    There are excellent Music and Drama facilities including the Birley centre, a stunning £9 million performing arts centre that houses an acoustically-designed auditorium with sprung floor, a fully-equipped recording studio, percussion rooms, a vocal booth, music technology suites and a gallery and exhibition area. In addition, the College has a fully equipped 284-seater theatre with a raked auditorium and a 120 seat studio theatre. The school has an excellent learning resources centre and also its own Chapel. Pupils are able to join the choir which sings regularly, not only at chapel services but also annually at Chichester and Winchester cathedrals as well as various orchestras, bands and ensembles. The Science Department occupies an award winning £4m state-of-the-art building and the College is justly proud of its outstanding Design and Technology facilities.


    Entry to Year 9: Art, Academic, Drama , Music and Sports.

    Year 9 Scholarship Application Deadlines 2021 Entry

    • academic scholarships, Friday 26 March, 2021

    Entry to Year 12: Academic (inc. Science), Music, Sport, Drama, Art and Design and Technology.

    Please contact the College for details. Means tested bursaries also available


    Entrance Requirements

    Scholarship, Common Entrance or own exam, plus visit at 13+; reports and visit at 16+



    Boarding fees per term: £12,140 to £12,325.

    Day fees per term: £7,965 to £8,125



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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    For details please contact admissions@eastbourne-college.co.uk or tel. +44 (0) 1323 452323

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