New shape of the week for Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College | 1 Feb 2019 | ISC Icon HMC Icon
This week Eastbourne College announced a change to the shape of their weekly timetable, ushering in a new style of Saturdays.
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The new timetable will see curriculum Saturday lessons absorbed into the normal Monday to Friday schedule, with no loss of contact time and a new look optional Saturday programme. Saturday mornings will be fully staffed, alive with tried and tested academic activities (along with some new ones) and embody a relaxed atmosphere. Pupils at the College will continue to take part in competitive sport on Saturday afternoons.

In a letter to the current parents, Headmaster Tom Lawson stated, ‘we have significantly improved the timetable following feedback from parents, pupils, and staff.’

The Monday to Friday timetable changes will increase the amount of lesson time devoted to each subject, with plenty of breathing space and variety along the way to maintain a healthy, whole-of-learning approach.

The changes will create tangible benefits for an increasing proportion of families in which both parents have busy working schedules, and provide new guided enrichment opportunities for the thriving boarding and day community.

Mr Lawson added, ‘this is a watershed moment for the College. We are excited to move forward with the restructure of the shape of the school week. In so doing, we have taken the opportunity to improve academic outcomes by maximising the use of the best teaching and learning times on weekdays, and retained the College’s commitment to providing the time to deliver a breadth and depth of education that is superb.’

Launching in September 2019, the new shape of the week offers families a gold standard contemporary menu, delivered by a school with over 150 years of education knowhow.

About Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College is fortunate to be stunningly situated on the edge of Eastbourne, yards from the sea and the glorious South Downs National Park. Students can flourish in this wonderful setting with access to a safe town centre that allows them to become more independent but without the concerns or restrictions of isolated rural or urban schools. With around 620 pupils in the school, it is very much a community rather than an institution, where every child is known extremely well. Boys and girls, brothers and sisters, day pupils and boarders are totally involved in a school that believes wholeheartedly in co-education and a flexible boarding offer. Recently, the College's learning environment has been enhanced enormously by the completion of a £33 million redevelopment called Project 150 (see below for more detail).

The headmaster, Tom Lawson, believes that the most important aim is to produce good people who other people want to be with. Furthermore, he is a proponent of the blue health that the school's location offers, adopting a healthy learning for the future approach. Since he began his headship, he has introduced a new boarding lodge which caters for day pupils with occasional boarding needs, an annual biathlon / steeplechase which encompasses the South Downs National Park, and has furthered the work of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership, a community outreach project that accounts for 14,000 local school-children in the maintained sector. In July 2018, Mr Lawson and Head of Partnerships, Linda Salway, received the Education Business Awards Community Award, on behalf of Eastbourne College, for outstanding community partnering work.

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