Eastbourne – home to two Elac centres
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Eastbourne College |
St Andrews School
We have two centres in Eastbourne —
Eastbourne College (residential and family homestay) and St Andrew's
School (family homestay only).
For those of you unfamiliar with
Eastbourne, here’s a brief taste.
Eastbourne – ‘The Sunshine Coast’
Located at the foot of and in the shelter
of the South Downs National Park, Eastbourne enjoys more sunshine
hours than anywhere else in Britain. As you enter Eastbourne you
will be greeted by the sign “Welcome to Eastbourne, the Sunshine
Coast”. However, if it rains please don’t blame us!
summer months Eastbourne is transformed from a quiet seaside town,
popular with many as a retirement destination, into a bustling
holiday resort. It’s a superb and popular choice for EFL courses,
with many things for young people to do and see. There are great
sports facilities, a wonderful seafront and excellent leisure
attractions. The town recognises the value of overseas students to
its local economy and is very student-friendly which makes
Eastbourne one of the best centres for EFL throughout the whole of
Eastbourne College (residential and host family)
Our largest course centre, Eastbourne
College, was founded in 1867 by the seventh Duke of Devonshire. The
College campus enjoys a great location right in the heart of
Eastbourne, two minutes' walk from the beach and eight minutes' walk
from the shopping centre and railway station.
The college has the
look of a traditional Independent boarding school, but inside it
provides excellent educational and sporting facilities. Classrooms
are spacious and well equipped. The modern dining hall offers a
varied menu. Residential staff have all meals in the dining hall.
Sports facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool (which is
available at certain times to staff), and a large sports
hall/gymnasium. There are also tennis courts (all-weather), as well
as grass fields and Astroturf for football, hockey, volleyball and a
variety of other activities.
Accommodation and Facilities
There are a couple
of accommodation options at Eastbourne college: Elac rents two
houses nearby the college which can accommodate 10 staff;
alternatively, staff may be accommodated in the boarding houses. In
this case, though the houses will be shared with students, there
will be separate staff facilities.
The boarding accommodation is
in ten houses located throughout the campus. All are close together
and none are more than a few minutes’ walk from all facilities. The
houses are similar in terms of facilities but varied in terms of
design and architecture. Each house has its own security code on the
front door lock. These codes will be issued on arrival. Bedroom keys
are issued to leaders and staff only.
The college is only 5
minutes from the town centre shops and the seafront. It is about 15
minutes' walk from the South Downs National Park across which buses
run from the town centre every 30 minutes.
St Andrew's School (host family accommodation)
St Andrew's School is part of the same charity trust as
Eastbourne College and many of its pupils go on to study there.
The programme at the school offers a range of sports (with an indoor
swimming pool). Students can also enjoy a variety of activities like
drama, photography, arts and crafts.
The social programme
includes BBQs, discos and parties where everyone can join in.
Students attending courses here stay with local host families.
Located in the heart of one of Eastbourne's more upmarket
residential areas, the school is 3 minutes' walk from the foot of
Beachy Head and the seafront in one direction and from the shops and
services of the area in the other. The town centre is 15 minutes'
walk or a short bus-ride away.
The school is set in its own
gardens and extensive playing fields.
All staff will be involved at some point in
accompanying students on excursions. There are 3 full-day excursions
included in the typical programme in both Eastbourne centres.
Students visit London twice. There are no
The first visit focuses on a walking tour of
the principal sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar
Square, and Buckingham Palace. The tour ends with some free time for
the students to do some shopping.
The second visit allows for
them to visit one of the museums or galleries (Natural History
Museum, Tate Modern), or – if they wish to pay the entrance
themselves – into an attraction (Globe Theatre, Madam Tussauds
We travel there by train, and the itinerary
involves a guided tour of the principal attractions (Pavilion, Pier
and Lanes) with included entrance into the Pavilion, followed by free time for shopping etc.
In addition some students who are on the course for longer may have
the following half-day excursions included in their programme:
In addition to the excursions included in the programme there are
a number of other trips which groups elect to do on their free day. These include: Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Hever
Castle, London (again!) and others.
If you enjoy taking students on
excursions, or you just want to work more earn
then let the Activity Manager know that you are keen to get involved.