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Welcome to Gildredge House

We are delighted that you are considering our Sixth Form. Since opening in 2013, our school has fostered a love of learning with respect for the shared supportive community at its heart; this ethos is embedded in our Sixth Form.

We value all types of student at Gildredge House Sixth Form. We are a small, nurturing and friendly Sixth Form that upholds family values, and will prepare students for the next stage of their successful careers. Successful education is also based on relationships. We pride ourselves on a dedicated and caring team of Sixth Form staff who will provide the best pastoral care available. You will find our expectations of you are of the highest standard and we will do whatever is necessary to support you meeting your potential.

We warmly welcome you to join our group of amazing young people, take part in the wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities we offer, and know that it is a decision you will take pride in for the rest of your life.

What our students say:

"Class sizes are small, therefore teachers really get to know your strengths and weaknesses, so they know how to help you progress and improve."

"One of the things I love the most is the strong sense of community and belonging."

"As a Sixth Form student, I get the attention I need to be successful."


Please click here to download a copy of our prospectus

About us

Students, staff and parents of Gildredge House celebrated an excellent set of A Level results in the summer of 2018.

99% (95% in 2017) of students passed with grades A*-E

28% (21% in 2017) attaining the coveted A*-A grades.

Both of these figures are above the National Averages in England.

Gildredge House is an all-through school for students aged 4–19. We are in the unique position of significant expansion in our Sixth Form offer.

We have very high ambitions for our students and we aim to provide an outstanding educational experience. We believe that education is about social and emotional development that leads to a high level of academic success. Employers and universities tell us that they want students with a full set of qualifications in addition to a set of well developed skills in teamwork, resilience, good time-keeping, leadership and emotional intelligence; all these are at the heart of our Sixth Form offer at Gildredge House.

We offer a range of A Level courses as well as BTECs that will prepare students for a wide variety of destinations, from Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Universities, to apprenticeships and local employment.


Our Vision & Ethos

All students will be cooperative, confident, ambitious and successful regardless of their background.

We expect students to meet academic challenges, discover their passions, develop confidence, contribute positively to society, be resilient and become independent thinkers prepared for successful and fulfilling lives.


Gildredge House offers:

  • A range of academic subjects promoting intellectual stimulation and inquiry
  • outstanding pastoral care with personalised care and support
  • an expectation of high academic standards
  • smaller than average class sizes
  • a range of extra-curricular activities
  • highly qualified and experienced staff
  • parent and community involvement
  • an extensive Library
  • dedicated Sixth Form study areas and Computer Suite
  • support with UCAS applications and tailored Careers support
  • spacious seminar-style teaching rooms for a typical group size of 14 students kitchen and Common Room facilities

Students will be expected to:

  • meet academic challenges
  • discover their passions
  • develop confidence
  • contribute positively to society
  • be resilient
  • become independent thinkers
  • be prepared for successful and fulfilling lives


What our students say:

"The best thing about Gildredge House is the vibrant community."

"The Gildredge House Sixth Form offers many opportunities other than just learning."

"We are given the tools to learn because of the network of support" provided by staff.

Facilities available

Gildredge House Sixth Form occupies a pleasant leafy site on the edge of the South Downs within ten minutes’ easy walk of Eastbourne station and the centre of the town and close to its delightful seafront. Imposing Victorian buildings are complemented by a combination of more recent additions, providing light and spacious accommodation ideally suited to teaching and learning.

Our well-designed facilities also benefit from cutting edge information and communications technology throughout the site. Students can also take advantage of high quality sports facilities within easy walking distance, such as the astro-turf at The Saffrons, swimming at the University of Brighton and Tennis in the Park.

Our Sixth Form students have the benefit of a stand-alone wing, which we have renamed Temple Grove after the Preparatory School which occupied the site 100 years ago.

Our Sixth Form facilities are enhanced by a fast and accessible computer network, WiFi throughout the building and various hardware including laptops, tablets and digital screens.

Our Sixth Form students also take advantage of the subject-specific facilities throughout the rest of the site.

Learning in the Sixth Form is based on small groups working together with the best teachers available. Lessons are of the highest calibre and the collaboration and relationships between teacher and student are exemplary. Our smaller class sizes allow students to benefit from working with teachers who know how you like to learn best and who will share pride in your achievements.

Sixth Form students also have access to kitchen and common room facilities, as well as dedicated study spaces. 

Additional support

Pastoral Support:

Upon enrolling into Sixth form, students are assigned to a Tutor Group, a point of reference for them each morning. Tutors are influential in supporting students on a day-to-day basis. The small Tutor Groups allow staff to get to know their students and tailor provision for them.


Leadership Opportunities:

All Sixth Form students follow the Gildredge House Aspire Leadership Award. The Award aims to develop students’ ability to lead, to work as part of a team and to play a key role in the life of the school community and have an impact on the town of Eastbourne and the surrounding area. Students’ personal skills and qualities will be advanced by a number of leadership roles across a variety of different Year Groups, subjects and extra curricular activities inside and outside of school.


Preparing for Success - Careers Support:

The school is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for all students.

Whether you aspire to be a doctor, have dreams of going to Oxford or Cambridge University, or would like to explore apprenticeships in hospitality, Gildredge House will offer you the opportunity to fulfil your career aspirations.

We believe that if you want it, and can do it, we will get you where you need to be. You will have opportunities to have one to one careers interviews, support with your UCAS applications and interviews, and the chance to go out on work experience to enhance your academic profile. We aim to introduce you to enthusiastic employers who are ready to give you the best advice before entering the world of work, or help you to make those all important career choices. Here at Gildredge House, you can aim high and go far with your career choices.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

Opportunities beyond the classroom are also crucial. By being part of a smaller Sixth Form your access to our Enrichment and Co-Curricular opportunities increases. Opportunities outside the classroom include:

  • Young enterprise
  • Preparing for mock trials
  • University visits
  • Organising charity events
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Supporting in Primary lessons
  • Sport sessions
  • PSHE session
  • Careers events

Sixth Form Bursary – For further information about the Sixth Form Bursary please visit our website.


Please click here to download a copy of our prospectus


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How to apply

You can apply for courses at Gildredge House through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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