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Eltham College

Grove Park Road, Mottingham, London, England SE9 4QF

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 7 - 18 Years Day

Eltham College is a leading independent day school with more than 1,000 boys and girls aged between 7-18 years old. The school is located on a beautiful 70-acre in south London.

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Word From The Head

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Guy Sanderson

Eltham College is a school rich in history, variety, vitality and care. Throughout its history, students from Eltham College have been recognised for their scholarship and commitment to serving others; they have gone on to give leadership and service in many areas beyond school life.

The aim of the school is to provide a balanced and stimulating education based on Christian principles and practice. Founded in 1842, originally for the sons of missionaries, it is now an independent day school for boys and 60 Sixth Form girls in the Senior School.

The school is set in over 60 acres of playing fields and is unique in that it has excellent facilities, yet with only 630 pupils in the Senior School it is small enough to care and every pupil is known and valued as an individual. It is committed to academic achievement of the highest standards, but its yardstick is always the individual's potential. Students are encouraged to perform at their highest level both academically and in the breadth of school life. In the range of activities here, from sport, through outdoor pursuits, to our justly celebrated music, art and drama, there is scope for everyone to realise that potential.

Facilities include a purpose built sports centre housing a 25m swimming pool, weight and conditioning suite, dance studio and sports hall containing an indoor cricket centre. The extensive playing fields have newly refurbished pavilions and changing rooms and there is a full size all weather pitch for hockey as well as a multi-use games area, senior and junior cricket nets and tennis courts. The school has a large, bright library over three floors, a dedicated Music School and separate theatre and, most recently, an art gallery which hosts regular exhibitions and is used for cross curricular teaching.
The school has over 30 musical groups performing regularly both in and out of school, a busy drama schedule in the performing-arts centre and regular international travel across all areas of school life. Standards in sports and games are high and there are national and regional representatives in many sports. There is a substantial commitment from pupils to local community service and charity work plus there are a wide range of vibrant clubs and societies.

Open Days, Visits & Events

03-10-2023 - Sixth Form Open Evening

For those students interested in joining the Sixth Form, you are very welcome to come to the whole school open event in September, but we also hold a specific Sixth Form Open Evening in October. This evening is your opportunity to meet subject-specialists who will give presentations about the specific A level subjects that you can choose, and a chance to talk with current A level students about their experiences.

11-11-2023 - Junior School Open Morning

Junior School Open Morning from 10.00am – 1.00pm

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Geology
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Beavers
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • After School Club
  • Before School Club
  • Gifted Children
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Art
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Inter-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range7 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£16161 to £18486
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

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    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 150
    Part-time: 89

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University