|Motto||Ex Oriente Salus
("The haven [the bourne] from the East")
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||Simon P Davies MA|
|Chairman of the College Council||Admiral Sir Ian Forbes KCB CBE|
|Founders||7th Duke of Devonshire and other prominent Eastbourne citizens|
|Location||Old Wish Road
|Local authority||East Sussex County Council|
|DfE URN||114650 Tables|
|Houses||6 day, 5 boarding|
|Former pupils||Old Eastbournians|
Eastbourne College is a British co-educational independent school for day and boarding pupils aged 13–18, situated on the south coast of England, included in the Tatler list of top public schools. The College's current headmaster is Simon Davies.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Houses
- 4 Academics
- 5 Extracurricular activities
- 6 Chapel
- 7 Links with Radley College
- 8 Birley Centre
- 9 In popular culture
- 10 Notable former pupils and staff
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 Bibliography
- 15 External links
The College is located in the Lower Meads area of Eastbourne, in a mainly residential area. Most of the school buildings are on a central campus area but many others are scattered in the immediate vicinity, such as the Beresford hockey and the links rugby pitches.
The motto, Ex Oriente Salus, is a play on "Eastbourne", meaning "The haven[the bourne]from the East". Salus also means health.
Dr Charles Hayman, an Eastbourne medical practitioner and member of the town's first Council, together with other prominent local citizens, decided that an independent school 'for the education of the sons of noblemen and gentlefolk' should be established and the support of the 7th Duke of Devonshire was sought. The Duke was supportive of the venture and provided 12 acres (4.9 ha) of land for purchase at a modest price. This link with the Cavendish family is evidenced by the stag in the school emblem.
The school opened with three staff and 14 pupils. From 1867 to 1869 it occupied Ellesmere Villa, now called Spencer Court; the location is now marked by a blue plaque. Architect Henry Currey was assigned by the Duke to design a new school building, and College House, now School House, was built in 1870. The school chapel was constructed that same year.
During the 1880s, the school went through an impoverished period. Through the intervention of George Wallis, first mayor of Eastbourne and the tireless work of new headmaster Rev Dr Charles Crowden, formerly of Cranbrook School, the school was saved from financial disaster.
In 1967 Eastbourne College celebrated its centenary. Ex Oriente Salus - A Centenary History of Eastbourne College was published for the occasion and consists of a compilation by Vincent Mulcaster Allom, who spent over 30 years teaching at the school, of old photographs, news articles and illustrations of the school.
In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading private schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, exposed by The Times, which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents. Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.
- Boarding Houses
- Gonville (Boys)
- Nugent (Girls)
- Pennell (Boys)
- School (Girls)
- Wargrave (Boys)
- Day Houses
- Arnold (Girls)
- Blackwater (Girls)
- Craig (Boys)
- Powell (Boys)
- Reeves (Boys)
- Watt (Girls)
Many of these houses were donated to the school in wills and named after their benefactors; for example, Powell was given to the college by Stanley Powell.
Eastbourne College has been one of the county's top performing independent schools. In the 2011 GCSEs 100% of candidates achieved A*-C. It was the school's eight consecutive year in which 60% or more of pupils scored A*-A grades. In 2008 pupils achieved a 100% pass rate in the A Levels with 77% receiving A-B grades.
Combined Cadet Force
Sport is played at the many facilities around the college (including College Field which has been used for training by teams such as South Africa upon arrival in the UK and some internationals) and at various locations around the town acquired by the college. Former pupils who have achieved sporting success include rugby players Hugo Southwell (Scotland and London Wasps) and Mark Lock (Leeds Tykes) and cricket player Ed Giddins.
Each term at the college has a single primary sport:
There are also alternative sports, including football, cross country, swimming, golf, tennis, squash, rowing, sailing, rugby fives, Fives and rounders. The school owns a boat house nearby the campus.
The Chapel is within the 'central' tradition of the Church of England, and the College has a full-time Chaplain. Assembly takes place there on Mondays and Wednesdays. There are Sunday services throughout term time, and at the beginning and end of each term there is a whole school service in All Saints' Church, immediately adjacent to the school. There is a student-led College Christian Union which is attended by students of various Christian traditions. There is also a Bible study group (The Connection) led by two members of staff which meets weekly throughout the year.
Every year a confirmation service is held in the Chapel. The Chaplain prepares candidates for confirmation in the months preceding this service and this includes an awayday at Ashburnham Place.
Links with Radley College
The Second World War saw the evacuation of Eastbourne College to Radley College, and the plaque with its generous inscription commemorating this move and referring to "sympathy... and easy comradeship" has long been a significant feature of the Radley's Chapel Cloister. The Warden at the time, J C Vaughan Wilkes, was a son of the proprietors of St Cyprian's prep school with which Eastbourne College long had close connections. After the war, the College acquired St Cyprian's playing fields and the Memorial Gates were installed at the entrance.
At the turn of the millennium the Arnold Embellishers, a society of friends of Eastbourne College, decided that there should be a similar memorial in Eastbourne itself, and on Sunday 23 June 2002, in a short ceremony introduced by Eastbourne's Headmaster, Charles Bush and Angus McPhail unveiled a plaque in their own Cloisters. The inscription reads "In memory of those who made it possible to survive the Second World War by taking us to Radley College and, when peace returned, bringing us safely home, under the leadership of the Headmaster Francis John Nugee MA". Many of the headmasters of Eastbourne College were Radley boys.
In celebration of the occasion, the Radley v Eastbourne cricket match was revived.
The college announced plans to build a contemporary performing arts centre situated next to the Towner Gallery and close to the Congress and Devonshire Park Theatre. The Birley Centre is intended to provide the school with a state-of-the-art facility complete with recording studio and offering a versatile space for performing arts activities including concerts, plays, dance, masterclasses and workshops. It will also have space to host exhibitions and conferences.
Named after Michael Birley, former Headmaster of Eastbourne College (1956-1970), the centre will include:
- an acoustically designed auditorium with sprung floor
- a fully equipped recording studio with separate control and
- percussion rooms and vocal booth
- two music technology suites
- specialised teaching and rehearsal rooms
- a gallery and exhibition area
- a large foyer with catering facilities
- a bar and catering facilities for events
In popular culture
The Southern Railway made great use of steam locomotive names for publicity, and the carrying of pupils to boarding schools at the beginning and end of school terms was a significant traffic flow. Locomotives of the 'V' or "Schools" Class, introduced in 1930, were hence named after prominent English public schools. The fifteenth locomotive, no. 914, was named Eastbourne after the college. Built at Eastleigh in October 1932, no. 914 remained in service until withdrawn by British Railways in July 1961.
Notable former pupils and staff
Former pupils are known as "Old Eastbournians" and are members of the Old Eastbournian Association.
- Nick Atkinson, lead singer of the band Rooster (band)
- Olav Bjortomt, World Quiz Champion 2003, writes quizzes in The Times newspaper
- Sir Hugh Casson, architect
- Aleister Crowley, occultist and mystic
- Michael Fish, weather forecaster
- Richard Fitter, naturalist
- Ed Giddins, cricketer
- Charles Hedley, naturalist
- Bob Holness, presenter
- David Howell, chess Grandmaster
- Eddie Izzard, comedian
- Nasser Judeh, Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and husband of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan
- Sam Kiley, Security Editor of Sky News
- Jules Knight, actor and singer
- Timothy Landon, Brigadier; millionaire
- Mark Lock, rugby player
- Oliver W F Lodge, poet and author
- Ruari McLean, designer
- Ian Mortimer, historian and historical biographer
- Adam Mynott, BBC journalist
- Michael Praed, actor
- Charles Rivett-Carnac, Commissioner of Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- David Smith, historian and Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge
- Frederick Soddy, chemist and Nobel laureate
- Sirichok Sopha, Thai Member of Parliament
- Hugo Southwell, rugby player
- Ed Speleers, actor, played Eragon in the Inheritance Cycle, now playing footman Jimmy in the ITV drama Downton Abbey
- Alexander Troy, young craftsman of the year runner-up 2004
- Gwilym Lloyd George, 1st Viscount Tenby, politician
- William Lloyd George, 3rd Viscount Tenby
- John Wells, satirist, co-author of the Dear Bill column in Private Eye
- Woodrow Lyle Wyatt, Baron Wyatt of Weeford, politician, journalist and diarist
- Royce Mills, actor
- John Young, cricketer
- James Yuill, folktronica musician
- Theodore Leighton Pennell, Christian missionary and eccentric
- Hugh Skinner, Actor, played Joly in "Les Miserables", now playing opposite Matt Smith in American Psycho (musical)
- Wing Commander Roland Beamont, British fighter pilot
- Admiral Sir Ian Forbes, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.
- Brigadier Timothy Landon, moderniser of the Sultanate of Oman
- Major-general Hugh Prince, Chief of the Military Planning Office of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
- General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff
- Major General Patrick Kay, Chief of Staff of the Royal Marines and Secretary of the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee
Victoria Cross holders
- Tirah Campaign, India
- First World War
Military Cross holders
- College Archives
- Allom, Vincent Mulcaster; Eastbourne College (1967). Ex Oriente Salus - A Centenary History of Eastbourne College. ISBN 978-0950355900.
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- College Timeline
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- "Eastbourne students celebrate GCSE results". Eastbourne Herald. 26 August 2011.
- "Excellent GCSE results at Eastbourne College". Hastings Observer. 23 August 2007.
- "Students celebrate A-level results". Eastbourne Herald. 14 August 2008.
- "Eastbourne College BC". British Rowing.
- Birley Centre
- "Birley Centre cements college links with town". Eastbourne Herald. 17 October 2011.
- "Maunsell V 'Schools' class 4-4-0". Southern E-Group. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
- "Maunsell V 'Schools' class 4-4-0 - Data". Southern E-Group. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
- "Steve Coogan and Anna Friel film in Eastbourne". Eastbourne Herald. 27 April 2012.
- "Adam Mynott". BBC News. 12 July 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "Player profile: John Young". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- Roland Beamont#cite note-0
- Webster F.A.M., (1937), Our Great Public Schools, (Butler & Tanner: London)
- School website
- Eastbourne College Society
- Profile on the Good Schools Guide
- ISI Inspection Reports
- Ofsted Social Care Inspection Reports