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

We believe the key values of participation, the pursuit of excellence, integrity, courtesy and kindness form the bedrock upon which every child’s education should stand, providing young people with the wherewithal to flourish both at school and beyond.

Category: Senior, Sixth Form

Pupils: Co-Education

Type: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Church of England

Roll: 384 Boys / 267 Girls

Day pupils: 352

Boarder Number: 299

Age Range: 13-18 Years

Founded: 1867

Location Description

The College is situated on the edge of Eastbourne’s town centre, minutes 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 Eloise Cheary, Director of Admissions

Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex

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 achieve their full potential, wherever their strengths lie.

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

As Eastbourne College celebrated its 150th anniversary, we embarked on an ambitious programme called Project 150. The second phase of this project was completed in April 2018. Called the Winn Building, it comprises classrooms, a dance studio, a fitness suite, a sports hall, squash courts, a swimming pool, and a spacious dining hall with function rooms and a café.

There are excellent Music and Drama facilities including the Birley centre, a stunning 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.

Sport is an important element of the school curriculum with very good results. A-D sports teams in every year group, boys and girls. Running alongside the College’s major sports programme, other sports include athletics, golf, horse riding, tennis and sailing. An extensive co-curricular programme also exists with CCF, ‘Service at School’, D of E and many other opportunities.


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


2019/2020. Boarding fees per term: £12,140 to £12,325. Day fees per term: £7,965 to £8,125



All visits are welcome, please contact the school

Years 9 to 12 entry – virtual (interactive) open morning: Saturday 3 Oct 2020 - Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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



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      Yet another set of healthy A-level results and some very happy Year 13 (Upper Sixth) pupils today as Eastbourne College continues its quest to combine academic success with character building. Building upon its recent ranking among the top 4 per cent of schools nationally for value added (pupils achieving above expectation) the overall pass...

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