Year Group and Community Structure

Developing Character

At The Eastbourne Academy, we operate a year group structure to ensure every child is known and challenged both academically and pastorally. This also secures effective relationships, which will stand students in good stead during not only their five years at the school but beyond in their lives and in the world of work.

Year Group

Head of Year

Year Group Manager

SLT Lead


Mr S Palmer

Miss G Bridger

Mrs T Hobson


Mr C Jackson

Mrs T Moors

Mrs E Page


Miss R Killey


Mrs S Francis


Mrs C Elsbury

Mrs G Redmond

Mr S Rickard


Mr S Howell

Mrs J Charlesworth

Miss C Lewis


The year group structure is underpinned by a Community system. 

The Communities provide an additional platform to develop students’ character.

Organised vertically, they provide opportunities to foster healthy competition and to emphasise activities such as charity fundraising, as well as providing additional routes for student leadership, such as Sports captains, Dance captains, Debating captains, and Anti Bullying Ambassadors, where students can learn from each other.

Through a mutual RESPECT of each community the following skills and attributes are developed:


  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Self Esteem
  • Participation
  • Encouragement of others through peer-to-peer support
  • Creativity through risk-taking and problem-solving
  • Tenacity 


The three Communities are named after world-renowned individuals who have left a lasting legacy. We wish for our learners to create their own inspirational legacy and to be their very best.



Charles Darwin was an inspirational risk-taking explorer who went on voyages of discovery; an ethos we wish to foster in our learners.


Leonardo Da Vinci has been described as "the most diversely talented man that ever lived " and as a "True Renaissance Man" (someone that has wide interests and is an expert in several areas).

The idea that everyone has their own range of unique strengths is key to our belief and develops students' self-esteem and confidence.


Rosalind Franklin became a world-renowned scientist in the early 1950s, overcoming objections and prejudice. She is now credited as being a key scientist in the discovery of the structure of DNA, although, in her lifetime, her work was overlooked. Despite this, she did not give up and went on to complete groundbreaking work on the structure of viruses.

Tenacity and Resilience are traits we wish to build in all of our students.