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Eltham College

Eltham College

Grove Park Road, Mottingham, London, SE9 4QF

0208 857 1455



Eltham College
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1842
Headmaster Guy Sanderson
Date Appointed 2014
Co-ed Age Range 7-18
Number of pupils 907
Number of sixth formers 194
Number of Junior 227
Number of Senior 486
Senior School & Sixth Form £5,925 per term
Junior School £5,230 per term
Associations HMC,AGBIS

Eltham College is a small independent school based in over 70 acres of grounds in Mottingham, south east London for children aged 7-18. The school was founded in 1842 as the School for the Sons of Missionaries, a small boarding school catering for the children of missionaries serving overseas.

It moved to its present site in 1912 and since the 1950s has been an independent day school for boys, and since the start of the 1980s has had a co-educational Sixth Form. From September 2020 the school will become fully co-educational when it begins to welcome girls in Years 3 and 7, as well as the existing co-educational Sixth Form.

When a child comes to Eltham College, whatever their age, they immediately feel part of our community. We look after every student from the moment they join us to the moment they leave. It is this sense of individual attention that sets us apart. The school is small enough to know every child well and large enough to offer an exceptional range of co-curricular activities in sport, music, art and drama.

We balance the highest academic standards with outstanding pastoral care, ensuring that students at Eltham College learn to be resourceful and resilient. We help them to discover their unique talents and give them the confidence to seize opportunities.

The Junior School is just three minutes walk along the path from the Senior School. We teach in small classes, with Form Tutors who teach the core curriculum, but use their specialist strengths to teach other subjects throughout the school. We use specialist teachers and dedicated rooms for Art and Design, Science, Music, Drama and Languages which means our students always have the best resources for learning.

Children at Eltham College Junior School become increasingly independent learners as they move through the school. By Year 6 they understand the value of hard work, perseverance, adaptability and co-operation and are ready to move smoothly into Eltham College's Senior School. We don't ask them to sit an entrance exam because by this stage we have known them for some time and are confident they will thrive in the Senior School. Year 6 is therefore an exciting time for students as we run a three-term transition programme of academic, sporting and cultural activities that prepare them for every aspect of Senior School life.

From sculpture to algorithms, and from the Industrial Revolution to the reaction of acids we offer a broad and challenging curriculum throughout the Senior School. At Eltham College education is truly personalised, so students can build on their strengths and follow their passions. In Years 7 and 8 students aren't limited to combined humanities or science. They can try out various subjects before selecting those they enjoy most for GCSE. There is a similar degree of freedom when it comes to GCSEs and A levels. Students can choose any combination of subjects, with guidance given to ensure they have a good balance of subjects that suit their study and career goals.

Our co-curriculum is built into our working day and there's a seamless flow between it and our academic curriculum. There is always plenty to do whether it's on the sports field, on stage, in a concert hall or in our art gallery. Students have the chance to stretch themselves through a rich variety of activities across art, sport, music and drama. They'll also have access to a whole range of clubs, societies and trips, as well as community service.

We expect our students to try new things and we think it is the best way to prepare for a lifetime of discovery.

Sixth Form is an important time of transition as students prepare for university and life beyond Eltham College. With small tutor groups and the support of their Sixth Form tutors, students settle in quickly. Each student has a subject mentor who guides them through their degree course choices and helps them with interviews, entrance exams, additional reading and their personal statement.

And, their Sixth Form home is a brand new building with lecture and seminar rooms, a specialist careers suite and a spacious café.