Bede’s Prep School: Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK

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Bede’s Prep is one of the largest Prep Boarding Schools in Sussex and is a coeducational independent day and boarding school for children aged 4-13, working towards common entrance before they move up to their next school. The school offers day placements as well as weekly and full boarding, but boarding only for pupils aged 9-13 years. Bede’s is an academically ambitious school with an enviable reputation for sport, performing and creative arts. This Prep Boarding School has a reputation for offering innovation in the classroom, expansive opportunities outside of it and outstanding care in every aspect of school life – both in the boarding house and for many day pupils. Life is very busy at Bede’s, with children enjoying a full and balanced programme of learning, where belief in the individual and our holistic educational philosophy focuses on the needs of each and every child. There are ca. 400 pupils on roll and some of them have statements of special educational needs.

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7 days boarding: 

8,240 per term

About the school

Bede’s Prep was founded in 1895 with a roll of four boys. In 1902 it moved from its then-site in Blackwater Road to its current, grander premises where it is nestled on a cliff top above Beachy Head, affording stunning views of the sea and sharing a border with South Downs National Park. Over its century of existence the school has produced a number of notable alumni, including Eddie Izzard and Nicky Henson, but across those 100 years much has changed. In 1968 the school accepted its first girl pupil, and in 1971 the school evolved into a charity, St Bede’s Trust Sussex. Out of the success of Bede’s Prep School, Bede’s Senior School was then founded in 1979. Recent years have seen a number of further developments, including the construction of a new Sports Hall and swimming pool, and in 2009 new dining rooms and classrooms were also built. There is now a roll of 400 pupils at Bede’s Prep and, with the expansion of Bede’s Nursery in 2010, the school now educates children from 3 months of age up to Common Entrance. As of September 2012, Bede’s Senior School, Prep School and Pre-Prep and Nursery dropped the 'St.’ from their titles.

At this top Prep Boarding School, all students, both girls and boys, and boarders and day pupils, are randomly split into the houses Eagle, Falcon, Hawk and Raven. Bede’s Prep School’s house system is based around section points, and houses battle it out in sports, academic quizzes and music events such as the Intersection Music Competition to become the house with the most points at the end of the year. Children are also given badges for points they have earned themselves. 

This top Prep Boarding School offers a full national curriculum including: English, Maths, Science, MFL, Art and Design, Computing, Dance, Drama, EAL, Geography, History, Latin and Greek, Music, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Studies. The school also offers very rich  Co-Curricular programme. 

At this Prep Boarding School, much renovation has gone on over the years since the initial purchase of the building years ago. Holywell House, which was formerly used for Year 8 and senior years, has now been completely rebuilt into a state-of-the-art nursery for infants. The Prep’s senior years have moved into brand new classrooms, built on top of the new dining room, using the area which had situated the dilapidated year 1 and 2 classrooms. This top Prep Boarding School also boasts new science labs which were built in 2007, with plenty of equipment such as gas taps and electrical points for experiments. The area which had been taken up by the old dining room has also been converted into cookery rooms and a bigger dance studio. 

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Eastbourne is a town (population of 103’054), seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19 miles (31 km) east of Brighton. Eastbourne is immediately to the east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain and part of the larger Eastbourne Downland Estate.

Mainstream school with support for children with special educational needs (SEN) (boarding boys and girls 9-13 years) Duke’s Drive BN20 7XL

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