Eastbourne College has been awarded a coveted Silver Award for supporting the armed forces. The school has been recognised for its support under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for a range of activities. Running one of the largest combined cadet forces in the South East, it offers a hub for cadet activity for other schools in the local area. This includes a partnership with Ratton Academy Trust, as well as providing mentoring support to other schools embarking on establishing their own CCF. The College also reaches out to regional cadet organisations to develop greater links and mutual support. The school raises monies for a number of forces charities including the Army Benevolent Fund Poppy Appeal, it has provided opportunities for service leavers to visit and gain insights into teaching, and it supports the Army Reserves with one of its senior staff members currently serving.
This award recognises the commitment, hard work and engagement at the school and it is hugely proud to be one of a very few schools in the country to have received this accolade. The Headmaster Tom Lawson and Assistant Head (Co-Curricular) Anthony Lamb MBE attended a presentation evening on HMS Victory on Wednesday 6 September to receive the award. Mr Lawson said: ‘It was a great honour to receive this award which is a testament to the hard work of Col Lamb, SSI Fulwell, and the team of officers who make our CCF one of the nation’s best. More than anything, our engagement with the forces ensures that pupils at Eastbourne understand the sacrifice, duty and expertise of British men and women in uniform. We look forward to expanding our CCF hub in Eastbourne to encompass more young people in the area from a number of maintained-sector schools.’