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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – latest update

Following the lock-down order from the government, and in support of the global effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we have now (as of 25 March) put in place increased close-down measures across the Charity.

The College is now on full lock-down mode, with only one member of staff on site at any one time, notwithstanding patrolling security staff.

St Andrew’s Prep will remain open for the children of key workers and the few staff who are helping to enable this provision. Thank you to those staff who are involved in that work.

If you wish to contact the College, in the first instance click here for a list of useful contacts.

Alternatively, one can contact Reception by emailing reception@eastbourne-college.co.uk or calling 01323 452300, and the staff member will do their best to help you.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone and we want to reassure you that we are handling all concerns from pupils and their families with the utmost care and sensitivity. We are encouraging any pupils who may be concerned to make contact with members of our pastoral team, including their housemasters / housemistresses, house tutors, form teachers, tutors and heads of department.

While ensuring minimal disruption, we are following the guidelines and directives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Public Health England, the BSA and HMC, and doing everything asked of us to mitigate the possibilities of the virus spreading. We are indebted to the tireless work of our wonderful staff, Public Health England (PHE) and the guidance we have received from them and from local healthcare professionals in the fight against this common enemy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Some helpful links are provided below.

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Adrian Ashby ambashby@eastbourne-college.co.uk

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latest news from the government about public exams 2020

EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 23/03/2020

Headmaster of Eastbourne College updates parents with a letter setting out the initial expectations for holiday work towards public examinations; which the government recently announced as cancelled. The letter includes helpful ‘decision-trees’ to help Upper Sixth and Year 11 pupils.

click here to read letter


EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 20/03/2020

Headmaster Tom Lawson communicates his end of term awards assembly and address to pupils and staff via a letter home. A wonderful resource for anyone interested in sending their child/children to the College, this behind-the-scenes window into school life demonstrates the gold standard education on offer, the whole-of-learning approach, the endless opportunities for pupils, and the tradition of turning out good people of character.

click here to view the headmaster’s awards assembly


EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 20/03/2020

After the list of key workers was announced by the Department of Education, Eastbourne College and St Andrew’s Prep headmasters, Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones, released a letter to parents about key worker childcare provision over the Easter holiday period. This included a Nursery Holiday Club and a free childcare service for pupils of key workers attending St Andrew’s Prep and Eastbourne College (up to Year 13).

click here to read letter


EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 19/03/2020

With a distinctly exhausted and anxious pupil body, and an increasing number of staff being asked to self-isolate because they or a family member may be vulnerable, the College has taken the decision to end the Lent term on Thursday 19 March at 8.00pm; a day earlier than scheduled. Headmaster Tom Lawson released a letter to parents, pupils and staff shortly after lunch.

click here to read letter


EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 19/03/2020

Following the Prime Minister’s press conference yesterday, the announcement that public exams will not go ahead in May and June, and the line that schools in England will be closed from Friday, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children (details of these groups to be confirmed), Tom Lawson released a letter late yesterday to update parents, pupils and staff of Eastbourne College.

click here to read letter


EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 18/03/2020

Deputy Head (Academic), Jonny Gilbert, communicates with parents and guardians to outline the College’s extensive preparations for distance learning should a school closure be necessary. The letter linked below has been redacted for publication.

click here to read letter


EASTBOURNE COLLEGE statement

Coronavirus: latest update 18/03/2020

Following the stricter line taken by the Prime Minister in his press conference on Monday 16 March, specifically the rules on locking down households if anyone has symptoms and the concern that this may soon be applied to pupils in School boarding houses, the decision has been taken by Eastbourne College Incorporated (ECi, comprising Eastbourne College and St Andrew’s Prep) to ask all boarding pupils to make arrangements to leave and return home as soon as possible; boarding houses will remain open until 6.00pm on Wednesday 18 March. The headmasters of the Schools released a joint letter to all parents today.

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It is with great regret that we are taking measures that will heighten anxiety but difficult times call for us to make the decisions that best protect our pupils and the rest of the community. Thank you for your support with our approach.

Gareth Jones and Tom Lawson (headmasters)

Minibuses stand by to help pupils with transportation and the ECi schools will conduct a deep clean of the boarding houses, following the advice of Public Health England.  

We would like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that pupils and staff at ECi schools remain a low risk as individuals, and that there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded at either of the ECi schools, or any confirmed cases of those connected with the schools at the present time. ECi medical staff and school leaders continue to work with local healthcare professionals to actively monitor pupils (and where possible those connected with them) and staff.

The ECi Critical Incident Team (CITECi) continue to meet daily to evaluate the dynamic situation, taking the necessary steps to safeguard the continued education for those in our care. At the request of CITECi, the Eastbourne College Deputy Head (Academic) released a letter to parents of the College this evening, detailing how the school would shoulder the challenge of distance learning. A similar letter was released by his counterpart to the parents of St Andrew’s Prep.


Letters to parents

23 March – Headmaster sets out initial expectations regarding holiday work for public examinations20 March – Headmaster’s end of term awards ‘assembly’ and address to pupils and staff20 March – letter to parents regarding Easter holiday childcare options for pupils of key workers19 March – update from headmaster of Eastbourne College Tom Lawson about end of Lent term 202018 March – update from headmaster of eastbourne college to parents, pupils and staff18 March – interim update from headmaster Tom Lawson in anticipation of Education Secretary statement17 March – Deputy Head (Academic) outlines distance learning strategies in case of school closure17 March – update: boarders to leave, day pupils can continue, large gatherings cease13 March – update letter from headmasters Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones11 March – interim update from headmasters Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones6 March – update from headmasters Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones25 February – update from headmasters Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones13 February – update from headmasters Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones6 February – update from headmasters Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones

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