broadening cultural engagement
Eastbourne College works with a number of organisations, ranging from other educational establishments to creative practitioners and national arts organisations such as Culture Shift, Royal Opera House and Artswork, 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’ and our pupils’ work 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 an integral part of the Coastal schools Partnership.
Coastal Schools Partnership
Benefiting pupils and the community
Founded in 2014, the Coastal Schools Partnership (CSP), formerly the Eastbourne Schools Partnership, comprises 14 schools and colleges. Together they account for around 15,000 children living in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. The CSP members are: Bexhill Academy, the Cavendish School, the Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne College, East Sussex College, Gildredge House, Hailsham Community College, Kings Academy, Ratton School, Seaford Head School, the Turing School, St Catherine’s College, St Richard’s and Willingdon Community School.
The CSP 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’
RECENT highlights include:
- Working as part of the CSP programme to develop ‘Eden Town’ presentations for Sir Tim Smit, founder of The Eden Project which has progressed to developing a woodland pathway as a centre for environmental education to be implemented over the next 10 years
- Delivering a Saturday morning creative thinking programme to 100+ more able pupils
- Encouraging pupil voice in the town’s future plans
- Roy’s Homework Club, with College Lower Sixth pupils weekly mentoring GCSE pupils from Cavendish School, Eastbourne Academy and Willingdon Community School. Emily Beer, headteacher of Willingdon Community school said: ‘I am very grateful to the sixth form pupils of Eastbourne College. All our Year 11 pupils achieved a strong pass in the GCSE subject in which they were mentored. These pupils wouldn’t have achieved the grades they did in their key areas without Eastbourne College’s input.’
- Running Tough team Challenge days for ‘hard to reach’ pupils
- Working with local pupils to effect positive changes to the local and national curriculum
- Revision sessions with College pupils helping CSP pupils in GCSE English and maths
- Weekly MFL Conversation Club with College pupils working with Ratton GCSE pupils to improve their spoken French, German and Spanish
- Replacement of banners in Eastbourne train station using artwork from schools and colleges across the partnership
- Participation in online International Environmental Symposium