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

2019. Whole School Open Day (7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+ Entry): Sat. 21st September, 10am – 1pm. Headmaster’s Talks for 11+ and 13+ entry will take place at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am and 12.15pm at the Senior School. A dedicated talk for 16+ entry will take place at 11.15am. Due to limited space on the talks please ensure you book to attend. The Head of the Junior School will give a short talk every half hour from 10.00am at the Junior School.

Sixth Form Open Evening (16+ Entry): Tues. 8th October, 6.30pm – 9pm

Junior School Open Morning (7+ Entry): Sat. 16th November, 10am – 12.30pm


2019/2020. Junior School: £5387 per term. Senior School and Sixth Form: £6162 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

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On Thursday 28 March, the Under 18 7s team put in a solid performance at the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens tournament. The Rosslyn Park

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National Schools Sevens is the world’s largest rugby tournament with around 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 – 18 competing annually.

On day one, the team triumphed against Haileybury and The Windsor Boys’ School and only lost to the eventual winners Sedbergh School.

Unfortunately, they could not replicate the efforts of the previous day as the squad was exhausted due to being short of some players because of injuries. Despite the injuries, the team gave their all and did themselves and the School proud.

The Under 16 7s produced three excellent performances in the group stage of the tournament. An emphatic 45-7 win against Woodbridge School set the tone for the day, which included tries built from brilliant support play and offloading. The second game was a tighter affair although two brilliant long-range efforts from Ola-David and some intense work in defence by Charlie and Luke saw Eltham finish 26-15.

Five tries in seven minutes saw the boys come back from 15-0 down at half-time to win 28-19 against RGS High Wycombe. After a poor start, outstanding intensity and work rate in the second half resulted in Charlie going over for a fantastic score before Ola David sealed the deal with a last-minute try.

Unfortunately, we came up against a great Cardiff Blues feeder school in the ‘knockout’ last group game (who went on to beat Whitgift School in the following game). It was a fantastic day which topped off a successful 7’s season. The boys should feel proud of the teamwork, effort and maturity they showed in all competitions.

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On Saturday 23 March, a team of nine Sixth Form students attended Cobham Hall Model United Nations, representing Italy and France.

Debating topics ranging from ‘the

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question of a universal age of consent’ to ‘the question of a compulsory curriculum teaching students about LGBTQ+’, the nine students were faced with representing the interests of their country in (often heated) debates. Having reached a consensus by the Saturday lunchtime, students then thrashed out resolutions during the General Assembly that afternoon. Keen to ensure the agreements did not misrepresent their country.

All students performed their delegation roles admirably, with both Italy and France receiving an honorable mention for their role in the Political Committee (the question of combating corruption in governments.).

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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

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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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