Top private schools in UK? Eastbourne College is a co-educational boarding school for boys and girls in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England with great facilities.
The Year 9 curriculum at Eastbourne
College is designed to provide a broad academic experience. Pupils will
continue with many subjects that they have studied before, but they may
also be studying new things, or studying familiar subjects in different
ways and with a greater range of facilities and teaching methods.
Year 9 pupils have an opportunity to experience all of the subjects
that they may choose to study at GCSE, so that when they come to make
choices for Year 10 they can make them from a well-informed viewpoint.
Within the two-week cycle, Year 9 study for 52 lessons of 55 minutes
each. On Wednesday afternoons, pupils have two extended lessons (80
minutes) of Design & Technology and Art or Drama. Games and
activities fit around this academic programme and all pupils, whether
day or boarding, have the opportunity to complete their prep in school
should they wish to.
There are also societies (such as the Hayman Society for junior
scholars) that aim to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to
develop academically throughout their first year at the College. It is
expected that pupils will make a significant amount of use of the
Cavendish Learning Resources Centre, and all are taught study skills to
help them learn effectively.
Year 10 provides pupils with their
first real opportunity to make decisions about their own education. The
balance of the curriculum shifts from being mainly compulsory in Year 9
to having a much higher percentage of option subjects.
We believe that making GCSE choices is really the start of a process
that will continue throughout an individual’s education, and it is an
important opportunity to give serious thought to interests and talents.
We firmly believe that pupils should have the opportunity to study
those subjects they enjoy and feel that they will do best in. To this
end, the school timetable is bespoke to ensure that all pupil option
choices can be accommodated. Flexibility within the GCSE curriculum
means that pupils can follow unique programmes of study, allowing them
to complete Year 11 with between nine and fourteen GCSEs, according to
need and ability.
For further information please view the 2013 GCSE Options booklet.
Moving into the sixth form is a very
significant step in any student’s personal approach to academic
work. For the first time, students have an almost completely free choice
of subjects, and have the opportunity to study those that interest them
most in real depth.
In timetabled lessons, teachers will increasingly be looking to
students to take charge of their own studies. Teachers will help to
guide students through the key parts of the course and will set
assignments that will develop understanding, but they will also expect
students to take much more responsibility for their own learning.
Our aim is to help students to prepare for independent work and study
at university or in a career. Before accepting the challenge of an
Eastbourne sixth form education, students must commit to investing time
and effort in sustained and thought-provoking academic endeavour.
Most sixth form students will complete the Upper Sixth with three or
four A2 levels and one AS level, though many can, and do, extend
themselves further. The College has a strong history of success in
enabling pupils to gain places at elite universities, including Oxford
For further information please view the 2013 Sixth Form Options booklet.
Overlaying the range of co-curricular opportunities are other
societies and clubs whose aim it is to encourage, inspire, and arouse
both curiosity and interest in a variety of different areas.
Details of the College’s four main academic societies can be found below but other clubs and societies include:
- Amnesty International
- Arkwright Society (D&T)
- Bridge Club
- Chess Club
- Christian Fellowship
- Christian Union
- Classics Society
- Debating Society
- Defunct Economists
- Drama Society
- Law Society
- Linguistics Society
- Literary Society
- Maths Society
- New Academy (aspiring Oxbridge)
- Philosophy Society