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Whether you are considering Eastbourne College for your child or simply looking for information at this stage, a very warm welcome to the Admissions section of our website.

Eastbourne College welcomes applications from pupils of all educational backgrounds and its entry procedures are intended to identify applicants who will thrive at Eastbourne. The College is a mildly selective school that admits pupils primarily on the basis of their ability (usually assessed by Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship at 13+, by GCSE performance at 16+, or by the College’s own entrance tests, where appropriate).  Entry is sometimes subject to the availability of a suitable day or boarding place. The College operates an Equal Opportunities Policy.

The College is not, however, an academic hothouse but instead places particular emphasis on pupils developing appropriate values. Our intention is that they will develop as young people through an all-round education in which the process, at least initially, is as important as the outcome.

Eastbourne College has a very strong record for Value Added. This means that many of our pupils, regardless of their ability, strongly outperform expectation compared to the national average. The College continues to take pride in high academic achievement for its pupils, whilst encouraging them to participate as widely as possible in school life and promoting their social development and welfare through a strong House system. 

There are normally two points of entry into the College: at the start of the Michaelmas term in Year 9 for boys and girls aged 13+, and in the Lower Sixth (Year 12) for boys and girls aged 16+.  Pupils wishing to join the College in Year 10 are also considered on an individual basis. We recognise that the selection of a senior school is very much a two-way process and we are pleased to receive enquiries from, and offer guidance to, any parents interested in their son or daughter attending the College at all points of entry.

In the first instance we invite prospective parents and pupils for an introductory visit, one of our Open Mornings or a Sixth Form Information Evening, details of which can be found at visiting the College .You may also like to gain an initial impression of the school from the prospectus section of this website.  We very much look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you to Eastbourne College.

Eloise Cheary
Director of Admissions

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