Eastbourne College has achieved the best possible rating for quality of education in its latest inspection report, ranking as excellent for pupils’ academic and other achievements as well as their personal development.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), the body which inspects independent schools in England, awarded the co-educational independent school the highest ranking available across both parts of its Educational Quality Inspection.

It comes as A level results are released today, with the school’s results up for the fourth year running.

The ISI report praised the school for enabling pupils to be themselves and achieve their best, and said they demonstrate “remarkably high levels of self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience”.

Pupils were also found to have excellent communication skills, purposeful and supportive relationships with each other and great respect for diversity in the school community.

The report follows an inspection in June 2021 and is now available to view on the Eastbourne College website.

Headmaster Tom Lawson said: “I am absolutely delighted with our latest ISI report, which very much reflects the outcome we strive to deliver – pupils enjoy learning, they are ambitious and equipped with the skills to lead happy, fulfilling lives as they progress to adulthood.

“Despite the challenges of the past year, we have shown how our holistic approach to education is having the best possible impact on our pupils’ personal development as well as their academic work. To achieve the top ranking of excellent in both these categories is quite rare.

“The report’s findings are testament to our core values of participation, kindness, integrity and the pursuit of excellence.”

Eastbourne College is also celebrating another year of strong A level results today, which are up for the fourth year in a row. Over 82 per cent of grades awarded were A* – B, which is an 11 per cent increase compared to the average from the last four years.

Some of the top grades were achieved across Art, Chemistry and Further Mathematics. The school is particularly proud of its girls’ success in STEM subjects, as the number of girls taking these subjects remains low nationally. Girls represent half of the top achievers at the school, and this year six of our young women are leaving the college to read degrees at Oxford and Cambridge.

Mr Lawson added: “Competition for Oxbridge places is fierce – on average the universities receive between five and seven applications for each place available.

“These six women of the future are role models for all pupils at Eastbourne College. Their excellent results and prospects show what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and an inclusive, balanced and ambitious education.

“I’m enormously proud that yet again we’ve shown how a co-educational setting is a supportive environment for girls to achieve at the highest possible level in the STEM subjects, as well as across a wide range of humanities, creative arts and languages.”

For more information, please visit www.eastbourne-college.co.uk.