Eltham College

London - E and SE

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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Boys with co-ed Sixth Form
  • Type: Day
  • Roll: (Boys) (Girls)
  • Age Range: 7 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1842

General Information

Eltham College is a medium sized independent boys’ school in south east London with a co-educational Sixth Form. We accept boys from the age of 7 into our Junior School up to the age of 11. They then transfer into the Senior School at the age of 11 when they are joined by external pupils who are successful in the entrance examination.

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.


The Gerald Moore Gallery is a centre for modern and contemporary art based on site at Eltham College, which focuses on collaborative practice and shared learning and aims to allow everyone the freedom and support to learn.

The Mervyn Peake Library is at the heart of the College and is a space for students to read, work on computers, use books for information gathering, work alone or collaboratively, revise, or use the wireless to power their own devices or the library iPads. The Librarian is available for help.

The Eric Liddell Sports Centre has a 25m swimming pool, a spring floor dance studio, a sports hall with indoor hockey flooring and four indoor cricket nets, an indoor climbing wall, plus a fully equipped fitness suite with aerobic and conditioning equipment. The College is surrounded by 70 acres of grounds including rugby pitches, and cricket squares, a floodlit all-weather hockey pitch and rugby training area, multi-use games area, tennis courts and cricket nets.

A brand new state-of-the-art Well-being Pavilion is currently under construction. The new building will contain medical treatment rooms, rest rooms, space for the school counsellors, nurses and chaplains as well as an improved Specialist Educational Needs (SEN) provision. The construction of the new building underscores the College’s commitment to outstanding pastoral and holistic care to each and every student at Eltham College.

Open Days

2018. Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to visit the school, meet staff, see the facilities and get a real sense of who we are, and to assess whether your child would be happy here.


2018/2019. Junior School: £5230 per term. Senior School and Sixth Form: £5925 per term.


ISI Inspection 2018

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Guy R Sanderson

Eltham College
Grove Park Road
London - E and SE

[t]: 020 8857 1455
[w]: www.elthamcollege.london

Location Description

The school is based around a Georgian manor house and set in almost 70 acres of land and yet is within easy reach of A20 and A205 into London and a short walk to bus and rail links.

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School News

Eltham College independent school London SE9

In September 2020 Eltham College will become co-educational welcoming its first cohort of girls in Year 3 and 7, in addition to the

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existing entry point at Sixth Form. A change which will lead to the school becoming entirely co-educational by 2024.

The College in Mottingham, South East London has been educating boys since 1842 when it began as the School for Sons of Missionaries and from 1980 girls; when it opened its doors for girls to join in the Sixth Form.

Although there are some very good single sex schools in South East London and Kent, there is an awareness in the education market of an ever-increasing demand from parents for first-rate co-educational independent schools.

As an academically selective school, Eltham seeks to find the right balance between offering academic excellence with an invigorating all-round education. With the inclusion of girls, from the Junior School upwards, soon both girls and boys will be able to experience everything that Eltham College has to offer. Furthermore, it means that families will soon be able to send both their sons and daughters to the College.

Eltham College posted the strongest ever GSCE results in five years and currently hold County titles in Netball, Rugby and Hockey. The school is also on schedule to deliver two new buildings at the start of 2019, one a home to Modern Foreign Languages and Maths, as well as a new Sixth Form Centre, the other a Medical and Well-being Centre which will further support their high level commitment to excellent pastoral care.

The school currently has just over 900 students on its roll and the introduction of girls will not see this number rise significantly, as the College is committed to ensuring that the school remains small enough so that every student is known and cared for as an individual.

Headmaster Guy Sanderson says “As a school we believe that co-education makes sense in today’s society. We think that we have a significant role to play in equipping our students with the necessary tools to not only successfully fulfil their academic potential but also learn how to work and play happily alongside each other. We are delighted that we will now be able to offer the same excellent academic education to girls who wish to join Eltham College. There is already a positive momentum in the school with a thriving Sixth Form, we have significant staff with experience of co-educational teaching and girls’ educational settings and the school has the opportunity to invest in appropriate facilities”.

Families who wish to visit the school are welcome to visit the College at our next open day that will take place on Saturday 29 September 2018. Families can book a place now www.elthamcollege.london/book

Eltham College independent boys school with coeducational sixth form London SE9

Two Eltham College Fencing teams enjoyed a successful day at the British School Team Championships in Rickmansworth, finishing 1st and 7th in the Under 15

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Boys Foil category.

The standard of competition was high, with exciting duels against the talented Brentwood School and Bishop of Llandaff School teams. It is a special achievement for the winning team of Lachlan Jarvie, Francesco Roccato and Dhruv Patel. We would like to thank the ever supportive parent body and coach Silviu for their commitment to fencing at Eltham College.

Written by: Mr Willatt

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