Schools by the Sea

Anya Waddington explores prep schools on the coast.

It’s not hard to see why sea air is good for you.

Paddle hard

bede's prep school paddle hard

Nestled on a cliff top above Beachy Head with stunning views of the sea, Bede’s pupils take advantage of their fantastic location with water-based activities including kayaking. 

Bede’s Prep School, Duke’s Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7XL  

bedes.org

Seaside Study

st christophers hove seaside study

St Christopher’s Prep in Hove makes regular use of its proximity to the beach for learning.

St Christopher’s Prep School, 33 New Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4AD

stchristophershove.org.uk

Seaside fun

dover college seaside fun

Within the grounds of an ancient priory on the scenic Kent coast, Dover College is a stone’s throw from the harbour and beach. Perfect for lots of beach activities.

Dover College Junior School, Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent CT17 9RH 

dovercollege.org.uk

Walk the walk

beeston hall walk the walk

Beeston’s idyllic setting close to the North Norfolk coast means that they regularly use the beach for cross country and pupils recently took part in a sponsored beach walk for charity.

Beeston Hall School, West Runton, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9NQ 

beestonhall.co.uk

Catch a Crab

wellesley house

Wellesley is located in the quintessentially British seaside town of Broadstairs and the local beaches are essential to the curriculum. Children get the chance to have traditional seaside fun whilst learning about marine life and bio-diversity. 

Wellesley House School, 114 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2DG 

wellesleyhouse.org

Sea view

greshams sea view

Just four miles from the breathtaking North Norfolk coast, Gresham’s School uses its coastal setting whenever possible, for sports training, geography history and art & design lessons.

Gresham’s Prep School, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6EY    

greshams.com

Beach School

st andrews prep beach school

Come rain or shine, children at St Andrew’s Prep go to the beach. They might identify the plant and wildlife while rock pooling or create boats to see whose goes furthest; they regularly take part in beach cleans and in the summer boarders breakfast on the beach.

St Andrew’s Prep, Meads Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7RP 

standrewsprep.co.uk

Swallows and Amazons forever!

walhampton swallows and amazons

It’s not surprising that sailing is big at Walhampton, the school is right on the Solent with magnificent views of the Isle of Wight.

Walhampton School, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5ZG 

walhampton.com

All aboard!

brighton college prep all aboard

If you’re a pupil at Brighton College Prep, school includes trips to Volk’s Electric Railway (the world’s oldest operating electric railway), on the seafront.

Brighton College Prep, Walpole Lodge, Walpole Road, Brighton BN2 0EU 

brightoncollege.net