College given glowing report from independent inspector

Eastbourne College is celebrating after being branded ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ in a recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report.

The College was visited by independent inspectors in September 2014 and was described as ‘highly successful in meeting its primary aim, namely to provide a broad and holistic education which prepares pupils to lead happy, positive and fulfilled lives’.

Across the ten different areas the inspectors rated, the College received the top rating of excellent in eight of them, including the quality of pupils’ achievements and learning, the contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision and the contribution of teaching.

It was deemed to be outstanding in categories including the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils, the contribution of arrangements for pastoral care, the quality of boarding and the quality of leadership and management. The other two aspects - the contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety and the quality of governance - were rated as good.

The headmaster said, “The excellent outcome from our recent inspection is a tribute to the very hard work and professionalism of all who work at the College, to the relationships between pupils, their parents and the College, and to the hard work and dedication of all the boys and girls at the College who throw themselves wholeheartedly into a very wide range of academic and extra-curricular activity.

“The College provides outstanding opportunities and the vast majority of our pupils seize them with both hands. We are also pleased to see that the inspectors saw for themselves that the College is at the heart of the Eastbourne community, and that we wish to play a full role in education, the arts, sport and charitable activity across the town.”

In a summary of the report, it stated, “The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, as demonstrated by their high levels of performance in public examinations and within lessons and extra-curricular activities.”

The inspectors also recognised the value of the house system whereby every pupil is allocated their own work area within a house that is run by a housemaster or housemistress who oversees each child’s academic and social development.

It stated, “The contribution of the arrangements for pastoral care is excellent. Both boarding and day houses provide a stable and supportive environment and house staff are central to the evident sense of enjoyment which the pupils show.”

The report mentioned two recommendations for further improvement - to strengthen the demands of all teaching to match the challenge of the best and to ensure effective monitoring by managers across all areas of the school’s operation.

The full report can be viewed at www.eastbourne-col

The school meets all the requirements of the Independent School Standards Regulation 2010.