Bede’s Prep School to Open New Nursery Facility

Main School Building

We are very happy to announce that we will be opening a new, expanded and dedicated site for our Nursery and Baby Unit at Downs House on Duke's Drive in January 2016.

The existing Bede's Nursery will move from its current site at Holywell - part of the main Bede's Prep School site - to this new facility which is situated directly across the road.


"The decision to transform Downs House into a new state of the art facility for babies and pre-school children was taken as a result of the high demand for places at our existing Nursery," explained Bede's Head of Nursery, Louise Hackett.

"We are thrilled to be entering this new chapter of development."

A substantial investment in the new Bede's Nursery facility will ensure that Bede's provision for babies aged 3 months to three years, which has already been assessed as "outstanding" in its last Ofsted inspection, will be improved even further while also doubling its capacity.  


The Pre-Prep facilities at the current Holywell site will also be re-developed to transform the building, which opened in 2010 and boasts outdoor classrooms, dedicated computing facilities, library and bespoke dance studio, into a custom-crafted space for young learners aged 3-7.

Dr Richard Maloney, Chief Executive of the St Bede's School Trust, said, "The growth and increased interest we have seen in our Nursery is testament to Bede's unique philosophy of holistic education. I am exceptionally proud of the care and enrichment we offer to pupils from infancy right through until they leave us at eighteen."


Giles Entwisle, Headmaster of Bede's Prep School commented, "We are delighted to announce this expansion of what is already the premier nursery experience in Eastbourne. Increasing numbers of families are deciding to raise their children here - something which I'm sure the local community and economy will celebrate and no doubt benefit from over the coming years."