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Eastbourne College 






Bording School


  No.146     Result:   A-B 79.54% 








13-18,    Exam,  School report




10+% to Oxbridge








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What it’s like
Founded in 1867 by the 7th Duke of Devonshire as a boys’ school, it became fully co-educational in 1996, after more than 25 years’ experience of girls in the sixth form. It has an excellent site in the residential area of Eastbourne. Elegant buildings with fine grounds and gardens are close to the sea front and within easy reach of the South Downs. It is a Christian school (although those of other faiths are welcomed) and all pupils have religious instruction and attend chapel services. The academic standards are high and examination results are very good. The music, drama, design and art departments are all strong and work closely together, forming an integral part of the academic and cultural life of the school. There is a variety of quality drama in the purpose-built theatres, including visits by theatre groups, and the College has its own professional music series (there is a strong liaison with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra). It has a reputation for excellence in team games and there is a variety of individual pursuits including golf, wind-surfing and sailing. Many pupils have played at county, regional and national levels but there are also opportunities for those of more modest sporting ability. Other activities include the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and annual expeditions to Third World countries. There are numerous clubs and societies and considerable involvement in the local community, helping the elderly, in primary schools and with local conservation.

School profile

Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Age range 13–18, 580 pupils, 294 day (190 boys, 104 girls), 286 boarders (188 boys, 98 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own exam used. For sixth-form entry, interview, school report and 6 GCSEs (at least 3 grade C, 3 grade B). Skills in sport, music and drama an asset; no religious requirements. Small state school entry. 20% of pupils from St Andrew’s School, Eastbourne (tel 01323 733203).

Scholarships, bursaries & extras
80+ scholarships, value £1000–£10,000: most academic, also all-rounder, art, music. Eastbourne College assisted places for sixth-form day pupils. Bursaries dependent on parental need. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; extras £20–£250 per term, eg exam fees, outings, insurance premium (voluntary).

20% in industry, property etc; 25% doctors, lawyers etc. 50+% live within 30 miles; up to 15% live overseas (about a third ex-pats).

Head & staff

Headmaster: Charles M P Bush, in post from 1993. Educated at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and Oxford University (mathematics). Previously Housemaster and Head of Mathematics at Marlborough, Head of Mathematics at Abingdon and at Aylesbury Grammar School and teacher at the Dragon School. Also Hockey Association Coach.
Teaching staff: 60 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average age 38.

Exam results

GCSE: In 2003, 95 pupils in Year 11: 100% gained at least grade C in 5+ subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (63 over 3 years).
A-levels: 111 in upper sixth, all passed in 3 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 339.

University & college entrance
98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on to a degree course (30% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 35% in science & engineering, 40% in humanities, business and social sciences, 5% in art & design, 10% in other subjects eg drama, music. A few typically go on to art or music colleges or straight into careers.

GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23 subjects at GCSE, 24 at AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level; general studies taught but not examined. 35% take maths and science A-levels, 38% arts/humanities, 27% both. Key skills are integrated into lessons but monitored separately.
Special provision: Co-ordinator for SpLD and for EFL; private tuition of individual cases.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level. Regular exchanges and visits to France, Germany and Spain (close links to France due to proximity).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject to AS-level and fully integrated across the curriculum. 1000 computers for pupil use (24 hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access. Campus-wide plug in/radio network supports staff/pupil laptops.

The arts:
Biennial arts festival.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Many musical groups including orchestras, choirs, swing, military bands, chamber music groups, pop groups. Regular organ and choral scholarships to Oxbridge.
Drama: GCSE and AS-level drama offered. All Year 9 pupils act in a play. Many pupils are involved in school productions and majority in house/other productions. Strong tradition of old Eastbournians making careers in performing arts.
Art & design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 20 A-level. All A-level students who enter accepted for tertiary art/design studies.

Sport & activities

Sport: No compulsory sports after first year. Rugby, soccer, cricket, hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, tennis, squash, badminton, swimming, water polo, fives, athletics, basketball, judo, fencing, rowing, sailing. GCSE and AS-level PE may be taken. 3 international and 85 county representatives at various sports.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CCF compulsory for 1 year at 14 or community service for 2 years at 15 (eg helping in local schools and community projects). Up to 30 clubs, eg Victorian Society, charity, history, wine, classics, debating.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: 10 houses. Prefects, head boy and head girl, head of house and house prefects, appointed by the Headmaster.
Religion: Compulsory chapel.
Social: Debates with other local schools. Organised trips abroad and exchange systems. Day pupils may bring own car to school. Meals self-service. School shop.

Pupils failing to produce homework once would have their housemaster/mistress informed and be made to do it at some time inconvenient to the pupil (eg when he/she should have had some free time); anyone involved in drugs is liable to be expelled.

Majority of sixth form have own study bedroom; Years 9–10 mostly in rooms of about 2–4; Year 11 upwards likely to have single rooms. Single-sex houses of approx 60. Medical centre. Central dining room. Cooking areas for students in houses. 2 weekend leave-outs a term.

Alumni association
is run by Robin Harrison, The Bursary, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JY.

Former pupils
Gwilym Lloyd George; Sir Hugh Casson; Sir Woodrow Wyatt; Professor Soddy; John Wells; Sir Christopher Leaver; Sir Derek Empson; Michael Fish; Michael Praed, Eddie Izzard.