Our History

Our current building was first opened as a Girls’ High School in 1939 but The Cavendish School was established on this site in 1979.

Cavendish School History

Our heritage, The Cavendish School, has a complex and intriguing history which dates as far back as 1843, making it one of the longest established schools in the area. It was in this year that actor Douglas Moleheimer established the first incarnation of The Cavendish School, in order to pass down his love of acting. A true Specialist School for the Arts, Cavendish became an intrinsic part of Eastbourne life and the name quickly grew within the town.

The Cavendish School was established on this site in 1979, but the building was first opened as a girls’ high school in 1939. An extension was built in 1982 and further programmes of building and refurbishment have been completed in the intervening years. The school opened as a 5-16 all through school in 2015, with two reception classes. The major extension for the primary phase was opened in 2016.
Today Cavendish is a popular co-educational Academy, catering for the 2-16 age range, which has had a Specialist Status in the Arts since 2002. We have a planned admission number of 60 in each year group in the primary phase and 180 for each year group in the secondary phase.