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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 scholarship

Scholarship applications for Year 9 entry in 2021 opened on Monday 21 September. 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. Please contact admissions for further information.

Year 9 scholarship dates for 2021 entry

Scholarship Application deadline Assessment date
Academic 30 March 2021 4-6 May 2021
All-rounder* 8 January 2021 30 January 2021
Art 8 January 2021 26 January 2021
Design and Technology 8 January 2021 26 January 2021
Drama 8 January 2021 28 January 2021
Music 8 January 2021 27 and 29 January 2021
Sport 8 January 2021 25 January 2021 (girls) and 1 February 2021 (boys

*Forbes Wastie Award

Our guide to Year 9 entry, scholarships and bursaries offers useful information on assessment criteria, important dates and the application process. For further information about scholarships and bursaries, please contact the admissions office.

Sixth Form scholarships 2021 entry

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. Sixth form scholarship assessments for 2021 entry have now taken place and we will display the 2022 entry and assessment dates here when we have them.

Sixth form scholarship Assessment Dates 2021 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.  

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


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 2021 entry.

Our guide to sixth form entry and sixth form scholarships 2021 booklet, offers useful information on assessment criteria, important dates and the application process. For further information about scholarships, please contact the admissions office.