Eltham College is a thriving independent day school for boys aged 7 to 18, with a co-educational Sixth Form. It is a highly successful and exciting school which aims to provide a broad and balanced education to both boys and girls that will prepare them for the modern world. The College is regularly found amongst the leading academic schools in the country and boasts many county and national players in a range of sports. The co-curricular programme is wide and diverse.
The school has a distinctive character, born out of its Christian heritage, and continues to focus on the care of the individual. Strong pastoral care and a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere make the school a happy and vibrant place.
There is an ambitious programme of development and expansion as well as a strong emphasis on staff development. Many staff choose to stay; but equally others are prepared and trained for future promotion in leading HMC schools.
The College was founded in 1842 as the School for the Sons of Missionaries and it began life as a small boarding school catering for these children whose parents were serving overseas, famously including the Olympic athlete Eric Liddell. The College moved to its present extensive site in Mottingham in 1912, with just under 70 acres of playing fields surrounding an elegant 18th century mansion. The College has developed into a day school primarily for boys and has been admitting girls into the Sixth Form since 1980. Eltham College now numbers 910 students in total, with 240 boys in the associated on-site Junior School and 240 students in the co-educational Sixth Form.
The College is fortunate to occupy a spacious and pleasant site with extensive playing fields in the London Borough of Bromley, adjacent to the boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Lewisham. The College has easy access to the Kent countryside and the M25, which is just 15 minutes away. There are frequent fast trains to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Victoria (15–20 minutes). The majority of students live locally but the catchment area is expanding and students are drawn from Kent, Dulwich, Croydon and Docklands.
The College, set in almost 70 acres of land, enjoys superb facilities which have been improved considerably in recent years, including the Gerald Moore Gallery, new Science laboratories, a floodlit all-weather AstroTurf pitch and our extended Dining Hall. The building of a substantial new Sixth Form centre is due to commence this year, along with new Languages and Mathematics centres.
The existing Eric Liddell Sports Centre will be augmented with a further £5million sports stand, complete with a second weights and fitness suite and physiotherapy facilities that will enable the College and Elthamians to compete in the premier divisions for Rugby and Hockey. The students benefit from an extensive modern and bright library, providing huge amounts of resource which extends online to the virtual library and resource links.
The Grange, a large house on the College estate was converted and extended and now accommodates about 240 day boys 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 boys to enter at 8+, 9+ and 10+ if there are places available. There is no entrance test for boys from Eltham College Junior School wishing to enter into the Senior School. Recommendation for is made on the basis of a boy’s performance during their time in the Junior School and on their potential to flourish in the Senior School. Almost all boys 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.