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.