About us – our mission & aims
The Mission and Aims of Moira House Girls School
Our Founder’s Mission
Moira House Girls School is a leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 0 to 18 years. Founded by Mr Charles Ingham in Surrey in 1875, and moving to Eastbourne in 1887, Moira House is an inter-denominational School that welcomes girls of all faiths into the community.
The following video is a short tribute to 140 years of educating girls at Moira House.
The School’s ethos and Christian principles provide the framework for a holistic education that encourages all our students to be the best that they can be. Charles Ingham, was a pioneer in female education in Victorian England, and his legacy continues in our school today with Moira House continuing to drive forward the ambition and aspiration of the girls.
Our Mission Statement:
Moira House Girls School, in keeping with its Christian foundation, provides an excellent all-round education, which ensures that every student has the opportunity to attain her highest academic, artistic, musical, social and sporting potential. This will be achieved within a multi-cultural community, which maintains a global perspective, is friendly and happy yet purposeful, and affords a safe and caring environment.
Our School Motto:
“Nemo a me alienus” – Rough English translation: “Other people matter”
Our School Aims:
• To provide a happy, safe and supportive boarding community based on Christian values in which all girls can strive for excellence.
• To enable girls to discover their true potential and to work towards their full development.
• To provide girls with a stimulating academic environment in which they develop intellectual curiosity, independence of mind and the ability to take responsibility for their own learning.
• To provide a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom so that girls can discover individual passions and develop a range of characteristics such as resilience, initiative, creativity, perseverance, self-confidence and the ability to work in a team.
• To provide girls with opportunities to develop an understanding of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty as well as a sense of social responsibility, integrity, compassion, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Our Definition of our Independent boarding and day school for girls:
Moira House Girls School is a school…
• which remains true to its foundation as a school where the girls remain at the heart of every decision.
• where the girls have the opportunities and freedom to explore and take risks.
• where all families who seek us and are looking for the values of an all girls’ education are warmly welcomed.
• where a multi denominational school inspires a multi cultural community.
• where Sixth Form leavers will be confident leaders, independent thinkers, skilled in social etiquette, resilient young women and aware of the needs of others.
Moira House enjoys a magnificent location in the coastal town of Eastbourne, nestling in the leafy suburb of Meads. With views over the sea, the grounds open directly onto the South Downs National Park providing splendid walking, cycling and pony trekking opportunities for the girls. There are extensive playing fields with access to facilities for Tennis (including lawn), Cricket, Football, Equestrian, Hockey (including astro), Netball and Athletics. The School also has a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool and an excellent Sports Hall.
We are very proud of our reputation in Creative & Performing Arts. Performance has a strong focus with a variety of musical and drama productions staged throughout the year. As well as our own in-School facilities, Eastbourne has a thriving cultural centre, boasting three theatres, an art gallery and a concert hall, all of which are actively used by the School.
Our academic achievements are most impressive. With outstanding results at both GCSE and A level, we are adept at supporting and challenging the girls as individuals. We find the strength both in and out of the classroom and our Learning Support is focussed on each girl as an individual, providing personal learning experiences for the more gifted and talented, our scholars, and those requiring academic or EAL support.