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Supporting excellence

Eastbourne College believes exceptional talent should be supported and nurtured. The College believes that the major contribution we can make to scholars is the development of their specialism through tailored provision and support. We have strong programmes in place for scholars of all disciplines to develop their talents and help them to inspire those around them. 

In line with most comparable independent schools, most awards are between five per cent and 20 per cent, although these values can be supplemented by a means-tested bursary.

We support scholars of all disciplines to develop their talents and inspire those around them. 

Year 9 scholarships

We offer academic, all-rounder, art, design and technology, drama, music, and sport awards. The assessments take place at the College in January or February, with the academic scholarship assessments being in May of Year 8. Click on the button below to view and download the latest scholarship and bursary information pack for Year 9 entry in 2022.

Scholarships & Bursaries for Year 9 Entry in 2022

Year 9 scholarship dates for 2023 entry

Scholarship Application deadline Assessment date
Academic TBA TBA
All-rounder* TBA TBA
Design and Technology TBA TBA

*Forbes Wastie Award

Sixth Form scholarships

Prospective pupils looking to enter the College in the sixth form may apply for the following awards: academic, art, design, drama, music and sport. All assessments take place at the College in November of Year 11 with the application deadline usually being mid October of the same year.

information on sixth form scholarships for 2022 entry

Sixth form scholarship dates for 2023 entry

Pupils who are already at the College and demonstrate exceptional ability in academic, art, design, drama, music, and sport disciplines may be recommended for an honorary scholarship at any stage during their time at the College.

Scholarship Application deadline Assessment date
Academic (incl. Professor Soddy Award written assessments) TBA TBA
Short-list interviews for Academic and Professor Soddy Award   TBA
Art Textiles TBA TBA
Design and Technology TBA TBA

Means-tested support to extend access to the College

The Eastbourne College Charity is committed to extending access to the College. We offer means-tested financial support to a considerable number of pupils each year.

Applications for bursaries for a pupil who is registered with the College are made independently of any scholarship application. Applicants are expected to fulfil the academic entry requirements of the College and must have the potential both to benefit from the opportunities on offer and to contribute to the community.

Bursaries can ‘top up’ scholarship awards but are not normally added together. The College reserves the right to review bursaries on a yearly basis and to arrange home visits to help inform its assessments.

Bursary application forms are provided upon request but please note that a pupil will normally have to be registered for an application to be considered. Bursaries are means-tested by the finance bursar according to the guidelines laid down by the Charity Commission.

Download our Year 9 scholarship and bursary information booklet for 2022 entry.

Our guide to sixth form entry and sixth form scholarships 2022 booklet, offers useful information on assessment criteria, important dates and the application process. For further information about scholarships, please contact the admissions office.