Only 70 miles from London, Eastbourne College is an educational community as opposed to an academic institution and provides an educational experience that is light years away from the world of London day schools.
The College nestles at the foot of the South Downs, five minutes from the sea and six minutes from the station from where direct trains to Gatwick, Clapham and Victoria take 60, 80 and 90 minutes respectively. It is a place where children experience outstanding teaching while growing up at the right speed in a wonderfully healthy environment. They enjoy full social and co-curricular lives surrounded, all day and every day, by others their own age.
First class teachers understand their roles extend far beyond excellence in the classroom and preparation for examinations. They are fully committed to the College's ethos.
Academically, only mildly selective (minimum Common Entrance 50%), pupils achieve outstanding results, outperforming those in much more selective schools: in 2013, over 96% of all GCSEs taken were graded A*–C and 78% of all A levels taken were graded A*–B. Almost every boy and girl goes on to university, 70% to Russell Group universities and nearly 10%, on average, to Oxbridge. Scholarships are offered for Year 9 and Year 12 entry.
Eastbourne is renowned for its full boarding, excellent pastoral care and sense of community. Pupils and their families feel we know them well; every individual is valued; strong relationships are prized.
Everyone is given the time and opportunity (there is a full programme into the evening of every day of the College's six-day working week – and on Sundays, too!) to achieve across the board: academically, creatively, on the sports' field; as individuals and in teams. Every pupil is encouraged to take full advantage of the College's extensive sports, activities and societies' programme; many achieve excellence at regional and national level in sport, through dance and music to debating and much more.
As a result of all this, each child thrives in a welcoming, purposeful environment and develops into a confident, responsible individual who has made life-long friendships. The College considers the performing arts to be a vital element in the education of all pupils: music and drama is an integral part of the Year 9 curriculum. Glyndebourne Youth is based at the College and is one of a number of projects that make up an official partnership with Glyndebourne. Ballet Rambert visit regularly for workshops.
The College is embarked on a major building programme. The Birley Centre, a contemporary performing arts centre, opened in 2010 and we already have some of the best science and design technology facilities in the country. Music, music technology and recording facilities are of professional quality. Future projects include a new sports centre, academic teaching block and dining facilities – all, we hope, to be delivered for the College's 150th anniversary in 2017.
Pupils sent to universities outside the UK = Variable. In 2018 a number of tennis scholarships were won to universities in California and Nashville, USA; more pupils will be applying for similar scholarships in 2019 as the year-round tennis performance programme continues to go from strength-to-strength.