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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 Eastbourne schools Partnership.

Eastbourne Schools Partnership

Benefiting pupils and the community

Founded in 2014, the Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP) comprises 13 schools and colleges. Together they account for around 15,000 children living in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. The ESP members are: Bexhill Academy, the Causeway School, the Cavendish School, the Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne College, East Sussex College, Gildredge House, Hailsham Community College, Ratton School, Seaford Head School, St Catherine’s College and Willingdon Community School.

Mission Statement

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.

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‘The Eastbourne Schools Partnership is a shining example of schools working together for the benefit of the pupils and the wider community’
David Hoare, former chair of Ofsted

2019-20 highlights include:

  • Making connections workshop for ESP ‘scholars’ to develop thinking skills together
  • 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.

mentoring esp

  • Weekly MFL Conversation Club with College pupils working with Ratton GCSE pupils to improve their spoken French, German and Spanish
  • Revision sessions, with College pupils helping ESP pupils in GCSE English and maths
  • Scholars have worked as part of this programme to develop ‘Eden Town’ presentations for Sir Tim Smit, founder of The Eden Project
  • Replacement of banners in Eastbourne train station using artwork from schools and colleges across the partnership
  • Participation in online International Environmental Symposium

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