Working with local and national organisations to broaden pupils’ opportunities
Eastbourne College works with a number of organisations, ranging from other educational establishments to creative practitioners and national arts organisations such as Culture Shift, Glyndebourne Education, Lewes Live Literature and Rambert Dance Company. We also work with individual artists and organisations, such as the RSA, to give lecture, project, recital and workshop opportunities for our pupils.
There is a vibrant, rolling programme of professional artists’ work and work from our art pupils exhibited in the Birley Centre. Visiting artists are encouraged to offer workshop opportunities and masterclasses to our pupils wherever possible.
We also work with local community organisations and charities and are keen to foster links with local schools and colleges, such as the Eastbourne Schools Partnership.
Eastbourne Schools Partnership
Benefiting pupils and the community
Founded in 2014, the Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP) comprises 12 schools and colleges. Together they account for 14,000 children living in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. The ESP members are: Causeway School, the Cavendish School, the Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne College, Gildredge House, Hailsham Community College, Moira House, Ratton School, Seaford Head School, St Catherine’s College, Sussex Downs College and Willingdon Community School.
The ESP is a partnership of schools and colleges located in the Eastbourne area. By linking our commitment, enthusiasm, expertise and resources, we aim to develop projects and ideas that excite, inspire and offer creative opportunities for children and young people. In so doing, we hope to enable our pupils to work together for mutual benefit and the benefit of others across our town.
‘The Eastbourne Schools Partnership is a shining example of schools working together for the benefit of the pupils and the wider community’
- The College received the Community Award at the 12th annual Education Business Awards in London. The award recognises the College’s work in founding and growing the Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP) which provides community, educational and sporting activities.
- St Wilfrid’s Hospice fundraising lunch, May 2017 where 70 ESP pupils acted as waiters
- Annual Tough Team Challenge, June 2017 to raise self-esteem for ‘hard to reach’ children from ESP schools
- Arensky Chamber Orchestra workshop and performance, June 2017 where £15,000 public funds raised for 100 ESP pupils to work with an international ensemble
- Gala concert, Winter Gardens, September 2017 with over 100 pupils from ESP schools performing and raising money for Chestnut Tree House
- Creative and digital industries workshop, October 2017 where ten business leaders ran workshops for 81 ESP pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10
- Ongoing programme of dance workshops, providing opportunities for pupils to work together with Rambert, Royal Ballet and other companies involving residencies.
- STEAM Project which ran during the 2017-18 academic year, with £12,500 of public funds raised for ESP schools to develop marine-based science and arts projects.
- Roy’s Homework Club – Eastbourne College pupils act as mentors to Willingdon Community School Year 11 pupils. ‘I am very grateful to the pupils of Eastbourne College who have committed to working with Willingdon pupils not only to support their learning journey but to raise their aspirations.’ Emily Beer, headteacher, Willingdon Community School.
- During 2018, ESP pupils will be able to take part in a surgery with Stephen Lloyd MP, a meeting with Eastbourne Borough Council’s executive board, an automaton workshop, and dance workshops with the James Cousins Company, the Boy Blue and the Royal Ballet, as well as other initiatives.