Moira House Girls School

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Moira House Girls School
Moira House Girls School.jpg
Motto "Nemo a me alienus" - Rough English translation: "Other people matter"
Established 1875
Type Independent
Religion Interdenominational
Head of School Mrs E Vallantine
Founder Mr Charles Ingham
Location Upper Carlisle Road
East Sussex
BN20 7TE
50°45′33″N 0°15′46″E / 50.7592°N 0.2627°E / 50.7592; 0.2627Coordinates: 50°45′33″N 0°15′46″E / 50.7592°N 0.2627°E / 50.7592; 0.2627
DfE URN 114651 Tables
Students c. 320
Gender Girls (Boys in nursery ages 0-4)
Ages 0–18

Moira House Girls' School is a leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 6 weeks to 18 years. Founded by Mr Charles Ingham in Surrey in 1875, and moving to Eastbourne in 1887, Moira House is an inter-denominational School that welcomes girls of all faiths into the community.


It was established in 1875 by Charles Ingham at a place called "Moira House". Later, circa 1890 it moved to its current location.

School houses[edit]

Traditionally siblings are allocated to the same house.

In the school the houses are named after significant figures in myths and legends:

  • Excalibur, symbolised by a sword and the colour gold
  • Pegasus, symbolised by a pegasus and the colour white
  • Vulcan, symbolised by a flame and the colour red
  • Merlin, symbolised by a wizard and the colour green


Moira House enjoys a magnificent location in the coastal town of Eastbourne, nestling in the leafy suburb of Meads. With views over the sea, the grounds open directly onto the South Downs National Park providing splendid walking, cycling and pony trekking opportunities for the girls. There are extensive playing fields with access to facilities for Tennis (including lawn), Cricket, Football, Equestrian, Hockey (including astro), Netball, Lacrosse and Athletics. The School also has a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, an excellent Sports Hall and recently opened stables with sand school.


Visiting staff teach cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, piano, recorder, saxophone, violin, vocal etc. Girls who wish to do so are able to take Associated Board of Examination music exams. The Chamber Choir has sung all over the world, from San Francisco to Hong Kong. They have also sung more locally, being invited to many places such as Canterbury Cathedral. Every two years there is a Performing Arts Tour which, for those who participate, involves flying to other parts of the world to perform. Previous tours have been to Australia, Dubai, San Francisco and Barbados. The most recent tour was to New York where the girls sang at the Empire State Building, the United Nations Building and the Statue of Liberty. Girls can study LAMDA exams in drama and can study Musical Theatre.

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