Physics lessons at Earlscliffe

About Earlscliffe

A broad and diverse student body.

Earlscliffe is an independent college that offers university preparation for 15 to 19 year olds from all over the world.

We have a close-knit team of experienced and enthusiastic subject teachers. They provide the knowledge, skills, motivation and enrichment necessary to attain high grades. As a result, students achieve undergraduate places at the UK’s best universities.

We are familiar with the need to find a course which strikes the right balance of serious study, fun activities and added value. Our team believe that what you learn outside the classroom can be as significant as your academic experience.

As well as offering courses during the school year, Earlscliffe has a long track record of providing world-class education in short courses. These take place onsite during the Easter and Summer term breaks.  Our summer programmes are challenging, enriching and fun. Therefore offering students the chance to expand their world view and experience academic, linguistic and cultural development in an English independent school setting.

Earlscliffe is a Dukes Education school.

Our History

Earlscliffe was built in 1870 as a large, private house in Folkestone’s desirable West End, a short stroll from the sea and Folkestone’s famous promenade; The Leas.

The main building on Shorncliffe Road has now existed as a centre for education for many years. It was originally the large summer home of the Boddam-Whetham family of Kirklington Hall, near Nottingham, and became a school around 1923.

Just as we welcome students from overseas today, so it was during the Second World War when this building was home to the Dr Leonore Goldschmidt Schule, a school for German Jewish children who were brought from Berlin to the UK.

Our Ethos

Earlscliffe is a small residential college where each student will find support and encouragement from us all as they settle in and then proceed to make their own mark on the college.

As students progress through their studies, pushing forward to attain their academic aims and objectives, they will also forge lasting friendships and lead gloriously busy lives as self-motivated young men and women.

Earlscliffe offers a personalised education like no other college of its kind. It is a unique experience, drawing on the traditions and methods of Oxbridge colleges, top public schools, Ivy League universities and innovative best practice.

Click here to learn more about why you should choose Earlscliffe for your academic journey.


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