About the Eastbournian Society

The Eastbournian Society brings together Eastbourne College’s extended family of Old Eastbournians, current and former parents and staff, local people and businesses and other friends and supporters. Our aim is to maintain close links with any person or organisation who wishes to be associated with the College.
The society has evolved from the Old Eastbournian Association, the Eastbourne College Society (formerly the Collegial Society) and the Foundation and Development Office and now encompasses the activities and administration of all three of these bodies.

Contact us

If you would like to contact the Eastbournian Society, please email es@eastbourne-college.co.uk or contact members of the team: 

Emma Garrett
Development Director
01323 452308

As Development Director Emma manages the Eastbournian Society and the Foundation. She is an OE and has a long association with the College.

Please contact Emma if you are interested in making a gift, leaving a legacy, or wish to discuss how you can support the activities of the College’s Foundation.

John Thornley
01323 452314

John taught modern languages at the College for 41 years (and, he adds, half a term) from 1978 to 2019 and is a former OEA Secretary.

He continues to have a number of school administrative roles, alongside which he plans, organises and helps host our cultural events, including theatre trips, talks, London walks and visits to places of interest.


David Blake
Database and Communications
01323 452262

David manages the Eastbournian Society database, updates our web pages, processes registrations on the web site and sends emails about future events. He also deals with enquiries about exam grades for Old Eastbournians.

He is joint editor of the Old Eastbournian magazine and welcomes news items and photos for the ‘News of OEs’ section. Please contact David with changes of address or if you would like to contact a fellow OE.

Lulu Brown
Events Organiser
01323 451911

Lulu is an OE and deals with events planning, organising and hosting. You will often see her name as the main contact for booking places at our events.

If you are interested in attending or hosting a business/career networking event, please let her know. Lulu works part-time, normally on Mondays and Wednesdays during term time.

Paul Jordan
College Archivist
01323 451901

All archive enquiries should be directed to Paul. He welcomes gifts of College memorabilia and enjoys responding to enquiries about former staff and OE ancestors.

Paul also contributes to the Old Eastbournian magazine, and helps compile the obituaries with Michael Partridge, former College archivist and now a volunteer in the archives.

Eastbournian Society committee

The Eastbournian Society committee is made up of Old Eastbournians, parents and members of staff. Click here to see the current committee members.


Old Eastbournians, parents of former or current pupils, and former or current members of staff are automatically members of the society at no charge. If you do not fall into any of these categories but would like to join, attend our events and become involved in the life of the College, we ask for a one-off subscription of £25 for one or two people at the same address. Please contact us for details at es@eastbourne-college.co.uk or 01323 452262.

Members area

Old Eastbournians and other members of the society can register for the members area and set up a username and password which will give you access to additional pages of the website with members-only information. Please go to the Registration page to register. Once registered and logged in you can update the contact details we hold for you.

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