Eltham College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
7 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
Independent Inspection Report
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
GCSE results at grade 9-7

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

Leaver Destinations


Progress Compared With All Other Schools

+ 0.2 A level Progress Score Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

2017 2018 2019 38% 30% 54%

% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

School Prospectus

Grove Park Road
020 88571455

School Description

Etlham College has a straightforward commitment: we will give our students an outstanding education, a positive approach and values that will steer them throughout their life. Our founding fathers were guided by their Christian faith; those values are still fundamental to who we are today. We believe in nurturing each student as an individual, and will help them to explore their abilities, find their strengths and thrive. We place a strong emphasis on self-respect, humility and service of others. And we work hard, because we believe in making the most of our gifts every day. We are no exam factory: at Eltham College, our students’ academic success grows from their love of learning for its own sake. We’ll challenge their understanding of how the world works and give them the tools they need to explore it themselves, so they can go as far as they want to. If you like the sound of Eltham College Senior School please come and visit us on one of our Open Days. Eltham College is now fully co-educational and welcomes girls as well as boys for entry into Year 3 and Year 7, as well as our existing Sixth Form entry.

Eltham College Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Great pastoral care and all-round education”

I have children at the senior school and have been delighted with it. The pastoral care is great. There are two school nurses who have an open-door policy and a wellbeing centre. Children can just drop in for a drink and a chat with them if they're stressed about anything. It seems that the nurses can overrule just about everyone else in the school; what they say goes! They will arrange counselling if required. Form tutors are great at communication with parents and are quick to act if you ask them for help. Lots of sport and music on offer, and plenty of lunchtime clubs etc. Academically, my children have been stretched and supported. My boys feel proud of their school and feel that they're getting a great education. The only fault they find generally is that the catering is not great, but the school is continually trying out new systems to try to make that work better.
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News, Photos and Open Days from Eltham College

Last update: 13 November 2021


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Eltham College is committed to giving each child an outstanding education, a positive approach and values that will steer them throughout their life.

Since September 2020, Eltham College has become a fully co-educational day school for girls as well as boys. Both girls and boys are able to apply for places in Year 3, Year 7, and Sixth Form for entry in 2022.  The school is oversubscribed but there are sometimes occasional places available in other years. The school has dropped year 9 as a formal entry point.

For full information regarding Admissions, please contact the Head of Admissions, Mrs Caro St Clair-Charles, on 0208 857 1455, who will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Or click on the link below. 

Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to visit the school, meet staff, see the facilities and get a real sense of who we are, and to assess whether your child would be happy here. 

Individual appointments offer you the opportunity to take a private tour of the school and its grounds, meet our staff and students and see for yourself why our school is such a special place. 

Please contact the Head of Admissions [email protected] for more information. Or click on the link below. 



Eltham College are delighted to be celebrating an excellent set of GCSE and A Level results once again this year. 




We are very proud that nearly 1/4 of our GCSE students gained the highest grade of 9s for all of their subjects and almost half acheived all 8s and 9s. Around 85% of all grades were 9/8, and more than 95% of the year group achieved eight or more grades at 9/8/7.

Guy Sanderson, Headmaster, commented: “Our GCSE Students should be rightly proud that their efforts have been rewarded with excellent results and we offer huge congratulations to all of them for their deserved success that has come after 18 months of disruption to daily life, and thanks to their teachers who have continued to support and inspire them throughout this time.




An impressive 72% of A level grades awarded to students at Eltham College this year were A* and 92% were either A* or A. Just over 50% of Eltham College students achieved at least A*A*A* and one in 8 students achieved four 4 A* grades.  Over 83% of students achieved at least AAA grades.  

Anya Pearson, Head Girl, who achieved three A*s and will read Combined Studies in Social Sciences at the University of Durham: “Eltham College has helped me to achieve my goals in securing a place at a great university and I am so grateful for all the support I have had over the last two years, both in-person and remotely!”   

We are so pleased that 94% of our students have secured their first-choice university and are going on to study a wide range of subjects at some of the best universities both here and in the US.





Find our more about Eltham College
Meet the Head: Guy Sanderson

Guy Sanderson was appointed Head in September 2014. He spent his early working life in the City as a stockbroker before moving to Pakistan to work for the United Nations. Upon his return to the UK, he started his teacher training at St Paul’s Boys School, before moving to Whitgift, City of London Boys and then Reigate Grammar where he spent 11 years rising to the post of Deputy Head.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

It was my time working for the UN in Pakistan, who were dealing with the first wave of Afghan refugees, that inspired me to be a teacher. In quieter periods, I helped by teaching at Edwardes College in Peshawar, a former missionary school in the North-West Frontier. This was to prove to be the pivotal experience and convinced me that I wanted to spend the rest of my career helping and challenging bright, young students achieve their potential. 

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

The varied and individual achievements of the students at Eltham College; that each student is encouraged to find their own voice and passion and that they do so while supporting others.

What does a successful school look like to you?

For me a successful school is one which has created an atmosphere where each individual will find friendship, explore, grow and discover their own direction. With an emphasis on high academic standards and expectation that boys could flourish as easily on the sports field as they could in Music, Art and Drama. 

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

An open mind and an independent love of learning throughout their lives. This will inspire young people to pursue their passions wherever they may lead, and to shape, understand and challenge world views for their generation. It will help them to become tolerant, resilient, interesting and fulfilled in a complex and changing world.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Excellence, Integrity, Discovery, Energy, Supportive.

Eltham College Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.