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Eastbourne College exists to provide the best possible education for boys and girls aged 13–18. An Eastbourne College education develops pupils academically, broadens their experience outside the classroom and reinforces explicit, shared values. It prepares pupils to play full and effective roles in society.

The College places great emphasis on the importance of an education based on core values, relationship-building and community. In an educational world dominated by statistical measures of short-term academic success, the College combines academic rigour with a determination to educate children for the long term.

For many years, Eastbourne College has benefited not only pupils who can afford to pay the full fees but also a cross section of society by:

  • giving wider access to education irrespective of the ability to pay for it
  • sharing facilities for the educational benefit of other young people
  • educating pupils by involving them actively in the education of others, young and old

Wider access to education

As an independent fee-paying school, the College recognises that not all can afford its fees and one of the College’s most significant public benefits is to give the opportunity of an Eastbourne College education to pupils whose parents could not afford to educate their children at the College otherwise. Every year the College gives financial support in the form of means tested bursaries to fund pupils who would not otherwise be able to come. Fee remission varies in value from a minimum of 10% to a maximum of 100% depending on financial need.

Community partnerships

As a major employer in the area and a significant player in the local economy, the College is actively engaged in working with and for the wider Eastbourne community. There are a number of partnerships with local organisations that provide community, educational and sporting activities involving our pupils, staff, the general public and facilities. In addition to the Eastbourne Schools Partnership outlined below, details of other similar relationships may be found on the Links with the Community page.

Eastbourne Schools Partnership

The Eastbourne Schools Partnership is a partnership of schools and Colleges located in the Eastbourne area. Eastbourne College is delighted to be part of this group.

By linking our resources, expertise, enthusiasm and commitment we aim to develop projects and ideas that inspire, excite and offer creative opportunities for children and young people. Initiatives have included a busking day and unplugged concert to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, creative writing and art competitions and a big musical event involving all schools.

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