Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College

Day Full Boarding East Sussex

There are not many top independent schools in Britain where you can take a six-minute stroll and find yourself on the doorstep of a national park, an international tennis venue, a county cricket ground, two challenging golf courses, award-winning beaches, theatres, a modern art gallery, a brand new shopping centre (with cinema) and a mainline station to London (85 minutes), London Gatwick Airport (55 minutes) and Ashford International (direct trains to Paris).

Year Founded 1867
Religion Christian
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Eastbourne College has a total of 650 pupils, with 310 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £7965 to £8125, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £12140 to £12325, per term.

180 Day Boys
(13- 18)
170 Day Girls
(13- 18)
160 Boarding Boys
(13- 18)
140 Boarding Girls
(13- 18)

About Eastbourne College

Founded over 150 years ago, today Eastbourne College reaches out like never before, connecting its boarding and day pupils with the raft of opportunities that abound within a few hundred metres of the school; and beyond. The College's learning environment is second to none thanks to its £33 million Project 150 redevelopment, an outstanding, supportive house system, and a timetable which optimises educational contact time, provides guided optional Saturday morning enrichment sessions, and promotes a busy calendar of competitive sport and time to socialise.

A tradition of turning out good people

The College has got into a tradition of stimulating academic success while developing people of good character; good people that others want to be with.

In 2019, 800 top grades (A*, A or equivalent) were awarded during exam season. Almost 40 per cent of A-level grades were awarded at A* or A. Results in maths, the sciences, modern languages and the creative arts continue to be beacons of excellence, with 100 per cent A* to B grades in key facilitating subjects.

Pupils leaving the College achieve A-level grades that enable them to access top courses at the leading universities at home or abroad while also enjoying a diverse and successful wider school life. Healthy learning for the long term and an extra-mile approach to pastoral care are the guiding principles that underpin an Eastbourne College education, which consistently ranks in the top 4% nationally for academic value added.


Eastbourne College is a registered charity. It relies solely on its fee income to provide a first-class education to both boarding and day pupils. The College does not have a large, historic endowment or the patronage of other bodies to support its work.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries available, for more information please visit - http://www.eastbourne-college.co.uk/Scholarships-for-Year-9-Entry (Year 9) or http://www.eastbourne-college.co.uk/Scholarships-for-Year-12-Entry (Sixth Form).

Admissions Process

Initially, it is recommended that all prospective parents and pupils visit the College. Individual visits are offered during term time and Open Events are hosted throughout the year. The main stages of the admissions process are registration, offer of a place and acceptance. Where possible it is recommended that parents register their children up to three years in advance for Year 9 entry. Places are offered conditionally, based upon predicted grades, entrance tests (where Common Entrance or GCSEs are not taken) and a reference from the Head of the child’s present school. The main deadlines for entrance mostly fall within the Michaelmas term of the academic year preceding entry.


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News from Eastbourne College

Forthcoming Open Days

  • Open Morning

    9:00 -13:00

    Come and visit the new £33 million campus! Hear our Headmaster talk about our tuned-up timetable, our engaging programme of guided optional Saturday morning enrichment sessions, and the enormous number of co-curricular opportunities on offer. Take a tour with one of our pupil ambassadors and sample our delicious school lunch menu. Talk to one of our caring Housemasters/Housemistresses and other knowledgeable staff. We are the ‘Blue Health’ school where CHARACTER WILL OUT.