Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JX
BN21 4JX
01323 452323
627, Upper sixth 130
Σ7420-Σ7540 (Day), Σ11,310-Σ11,440 (Boarding)
the Registrar

Founded in 1867 by the 7th Duke of Devonshire as a boys’ school, it became fully co-educational in 1996, after more than 25 years’ experience of girls in the sixth form. It has an excellent site in the residential area of Eastbourne. Elegant buildings with fine grounds and gardens are close to the sea front and within easy reach of the South Downs. A major new development will include new state-of-the-art classrooms, a sports centre, dining hall with function rooms and caf’©, 3-storey pavilion, and social and exhibition space. It is a Christian school (those of other faiths are welcomed) and all pupils have religious instruction and attend chapel services. It has a popular full-boarding ethos, involving both boarding and day pupils. The academic standards are high and examination results are very good. The art, design, drama and music departments are all strong and work closely together, forming an integral part of the academic and cultural life of the school. There is a variety of quality drama in the purpose-built theatres, including visits by theatre groups, and the College has its own professional music series. It has a reputation for excellence in team games and there is a variety of individual pursuits including golf, wind-surfing and sailing. Many pupils have played at county, regional and national levels but there are also opportunities for those of more modest sporting ability. Other activities include the Gold Arts Award, CCF and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and expeditions to third world countries. There are numerous clubs and societies and considerable involvement in the local community.

Headmaster: Tom Lawson, in post from 2016. Educated at Oxford University (PPE). Previously Deputy Head at Christ’s Hospital, Under Master and taught economics and humanities at Winchester College. Teaching staff: 90 full time, 20 part time.
GCSE: 128 in Year 11, 99% gaining 5+ GCSE with at least grade C. A-levels: 139 in upper sixth, passing in an average of 3 subjects, with a final score of 302 points.
90+% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (5% to Oxbridge), taking courses in a range of subjects. Others go to art foundation courses, drama college or into business apprenticeships.
Some 20 sports including badminton, equestrianism, fencing, golf, netball, hockey, rugby and tennis. GCSE and A-level PE may be taken. 4 international and 85 county representatives at various sports. Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; CCF; community service (eg helping in local schools and community projects). Up to 30 clubs, including Casson Society, Lectern Society (6th-form dining group), charity, history, classics, debating and over 70 different activities.
Most pupils age 15+ have own study bedroom, others in rooms of 2-4. Single-sex houses of approx 60. Cooking areas for pupils in houses. 2 weekend leave-outs a term.
The Eastbournian Society brings together the Old Eastbournian Association (founded in 1895) and all those with a College connection; contact through the school.
General Sir David Richards (Chief of the General Staff), Sir Hugh Casson (architect), Torin Douglas (former BBC media correspondent), Michael Fish (weather forecaster), Will Green, Hugo Southwell (rugby players), David Howell (chess grandmaster), Mark Freeland (former BBC head of comedy), Eddie Izzard (comedian), Jules Knight (actor and singer), Sam Kiley (journalist and broadcaster), Paul Mayhew Archer (comedy writer and producer), Ian Mortimer (historian), Adam Mynott (journalist), Michael Praed (actor), John Ryley (head of Sky News)., ,