Bromley, United Kingdom
About Eltham College
Eltham College is a thriving, co-educational independent day school for students aged 7 to 18, comprising a separate Junior School and three divisions (Lower, Middle and Sixth Form) in the Senior School. Over the past few years, the school has grown considerably; there are just under 800 students in the Senior School and around 250 pupils in the Junior School. Girls have been part of Sixth Form life for over 45 years and from 2020 were able to join from Years 3 and 7, where they account for between a third and half of the intake. The school will be fully co-educational by 2025.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced education that will prepare students for the modern world, with an equal emphasis placed on academic, pastoral and co-curricular excellence. The school is regularly found amongst the leading academic schools in the country and boasts many county and national players in a range of sports, as well as exceptionally talented musicians, actors and artists. The broader co-curricular programme is wide and diverse.
The College has a distinctive character, born out of its Christian heritage, and we have continued to focus on the care of the individual as we have grown in recent years. Pastoral care is the responsibility of every member of staff and, balanced with an energetic House system that promotes collegiality, there is a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere make the school a happy and vibrant place for students and staff alike.
Alongside the ambitious programme of school development and expansion, a strong emphasis is placed upon staff support and development. Many staff choose to stay; but equally others are prepared and trained for future promotion in leading HMC schools in this country and overseas.
The College was founded in 1842 as the School for the Sons of Missionaries and the four houses are still named after famous missionaries (Carey, Chalmers, Moffatt and Livingstone). Originally, the school began as a small boarding school catering for those children whose parents were serving overseas, famously including Olympian Eric Liddell. The school moved to its present extensive site in Mottingham from Blackheath in 1912, and boarding was phased out at the end of the last century.
We are fortunate to occupy a spacious and pleasant site with just under 70 acres of playing fields, where the metropolitan areas of Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley meet. There is easy access to the Kent countryside and the M25, which is just 15 minutes away. Mottingham and Grove Park stations are within walking distance and there are frequent fast trains to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Waterloo East, giving access to central London in under 20 minutes.
The majority of students live locally but the catchment area is large, and students are drawn from Kent, Dulwich, Croydon, Canary Wharf and Docklands.
We are fortunate to enjoy superb facilities. The original elegant 18th century mansion forms the heart of the Senior School, which has been expanded and improved upon over recent years. In 2019, the new Turberville Centre for Mathematics, Classics, Languages and Music was opened, along with a new Sixth Form Centre and dedicated medical and wellbeing facilities.
Further plans for science and sport development in both the Senior and Junior Schools will be introduced over the next few years, while the ten-year masterplan also includes a new performing and creative arts centre.
The College is organised so that each department shares a suite of classrooms or laboratories, and most have a departmental office, normally adjacent to its teaching space. Departments are extremely well resourced, and all teachers are provided with Microsoft Surface tablets which can connect to display screens in each classroom.
There are several departmental technicians, and the School Office provides support with a variety of tasks. All departments have access to the well-stocked Mervyn Peake Library and to assistance provided by IT Support and the Reprographics Office.
The Grange, a large house on the College estate was converted and extended and now accommodates about 240 day students in classes of approximately 22. The form rooms are complemented with an Assembly Hall, Science Room, Music Room, and Art, Design and Technology Room. With an emphasis on English and Mathematics, the curriculum, which includes Mandarin as the main Modern Foreign Language along with French in Year 6, provides an excellent foundation.
Excellence is also pursued outside the classroom whether on the sports field, stage or concert hall. In recent years we have had rugby teams with 100% wins, trebles singing at world famous venues and actors earning hosts of awards at local festivals. The Junior School is managed by its own Master who is responsible to the Headmaster.
Admission is at the age of 7, though there may also be an opportunity for students to enter at 8+, 9+ and 10+ if there are places available. There is no entrance test for students from Eltham College Junior School wishing to enter into the Senior School. Recommendation is made on the basis of a student’s performance during their time in the Junior School and on their potential to flourish in the Senior School. Almost all students therefore progress seamlessly through to Eltham College Senior School. This transition provides an opportunity for 11 years of uninterrupted education in healthy surroundings.
Eltham College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants undergo enhanced child protection screening relevant to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Continuing Professional Development
All staff (both teaching and non-teaching) at Eltham College are offered regular professional development to help them fulfil their roles to their full potential. This includes termly whole-staff and staff group training sessions in matters of relevance to the wider school community, peer training sessions delivered in twilight and lunchtime slots, and funding to facilitate attendance at externally delivered training programmes relevant to individuals in their roles. We run an annual performance development cycle and encourage everyone to identify training and development needs with their line managers at the start of each period, to help us plan and budget for these.