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Students from Sussex Coast College Hastings are celebrating after achieving outstanding A-Level results again this August. 

The college saw almost all subjects gaining 100% pass rate with a 6% increase on A*- C grades from last year; a huge improvement in tough times for further education.

SCCH students secured an exceptional pass rate on the range of A-Level subjects offered by the college, with over a third of students gaining A*-B grade at A2 level.

Art & Design, English and Mathematics did exceptionally well, with nearly all students achieving grades A*- C, ensuring students secured places at top Universities across the UK.

Ben Tomkins was amongst the most relieved student in the room, securing his place at Falmouth University to study Film in September. ‘I have been up all night worrying about my results. I am so relieved to have secured my place at Falmouth to study film. I will be celebrating tonight!’

Jim Sharpe, Head of Sixth Form at SCCH said ‘Our learners and teachers have worked extremely hard for this success and we are delighted with their achievements in both the first and second year of the programmes. SCCH would like to congratulate all students on their outstanding achievements this year.’

Principal, Clive Cooke said ‘The excellent results provide compelling evidence that Sussex Coast College Hastings is the place to study A-Levels. Our teaching is outstanding and the results reflect this.’

Sussex Coast College has seen an increase in applications for A-Level courses over recent months and is about to start enrolments for the new academic year.

Sussex Coast College Hastings has formed a partnership with Monpani SE College, South Africa, through the British Council Skills for Employability programme, to support the development of employability in the Engineering department of Monpani College.

The Sussex Coast College Hastings Engineering team is working with the employer partners in the UK and South Africa, to support the aims and objectives of the project.

Head of International Business Development, Jeremy Oughton said ‘As part of the efforts to work towards responding to the needs of industry, Sussex Coast College Hastings will be working with Mopani South East FET College over the next year as part of the British Council’s International Skills Partnership programme. The partnership, funded by the British Council, will support both organisations to co-develop solutions to on-going skills and employability challenges through sharing best practice and lessons learned to build a lasting partnership of mutual engagement.’

Just like in many other countries, the main challenge in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in South Africa and the United Kingdom is providing an immediate and accurate response to the fast-changing needs of the labour market.

To date, it has been acknowledged that more effective partnership between the TVET sector and world of work will support in closing the current skills gap. This kind of partnership between industry and colleges requires greater systematic strategic coordination, work integrated learning and adaption of local curriculum to reflect industry needs. In 2015 pairing the right set of skills required by industry is crucial.


Ami Freed is a locally based illustrator who graduated from Sussex Coast College Hastings with a Foundation Degree in Illustration and the Top-up Degree in Art and Design in 2014.

One of Ami’s illustrations has been made into a mural at the Station Plaza campus of SCCH which can be viewed from anywhere in the Atrium.

‘This piece was inspired by optical illusions; I distort perspective and play with vanishing points and viewpoints. I include specific details of a street, drawing each brick and paving stone, conveying the personality to the viewer which creates an easily comprehensible map. My work

represents an intricate web of lines using high levels of detail to capture the character of a place’ says Ami.ami freed

She added, ‘Studying at Sussex Coast College Hastings was great for me as they offer Higher Education locally. I enjoyed my course at the college and found the tutors to be very helpful. I particularly enjoyed a unit where I was required to create work to sell.’

Find out more about studying a degree at Sussex Coast College Hastings visit www.sussexcoast.ac.uk/he or to see more of Ami’s work, visit www.amifree.blogspot.co.uk.




Following the success of last year, SCCH are hosting another Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 26th September at the Station Plaza campus from 10:30 -12:00pm.coffee-morning

Last year saw the college ‘raise’ over £630 for the charity and this year they hope to see that number ‘rise’ even more, which will really put the icing on the cake!

The college are asking for entries to be made into a ‘bake-off’ style competition which was a huge success last year, seeing 23 entries ranging from flourless mint chocolate brownies, apple cake, carrot cake, ginger cake, chocolate fudge cake, Guinness cupcakes and many more.

There is a vacancy on the judging panel this year after last year’s judge, Vice Principal Dan Shelley resigned saying ‘I’m not sure I could be a cake judge every day…I’m stuffed!’

To enter a cake into the bake-off and show off your baking talent, email event organiser Shona Noble on snoble@sussexcoast.ac.uk or call 01424 458408 and speak to Shona for more information.

Sussex Coast College Hastings have informed us that they are to launch a Diploma in Human Resource Practice in Spring 2014.

This programme is for anyone aspiring to a career in Human Resources or who has already started in HR in a support role and wishes to develop their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the organisation and their own career development.

To register your interest for the programme, please contact our Student Advisors on 01424 458465. You can also check out the course flyer below:

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Sussex Coast College Hastings has been graded a ‘good with outstanding features’ in a ringing endorsement from Ofsted, just 793 days after being branded ‘inadequate’.

Following an inspection, which took place in November 2011, the College was deemed ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog, with a grade 4 rating. A re-inspection in 2013 pointed towards significant improvements in literacy, numeracy, IT and retention, with the College being told they had made a ‘remarkable turnaround.’ This week’s inspection confirmed major and sustained improvements across teaching standards, student success rates and retention.


Well done Sussex Coast College Hastings.

The Ofsted inspection, allows just three days’ notice before examining college management, finances and learning / teaching, with spontaneous class visits and a thorough review of the College’s systems and processes.

The full report, which was released on March 7th, praised the College for its exceptional change. Some highlights in the report included ‘teaching, learning and assessment are good which reflects the strongly improving success rates over the past few years.’

Ofsted continued to say ‘Outstanding senior leaders and managers have focused relentlessly and successfully on improving the learning experience for all students and apprentices.’

In one of the outstanding areas, Ofsted commented ‘teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding, reflecting the particularly high success rates in 2012/13 and sustained improvement over the previous few years. Attendance, punctuality and behaviour are excellent. Progression to higher education, employment and to further studies at the College is good overall.’

Principal, Clive Cooke said ‘I am delighted. My colleagues have worked incredibly hard to turn around the College, and it is wonderful that it has been formally recognised. It doesn’t stop here though – we are aiming to be outstanding overall next time. Sussex Coast College is well on its way to becoming the outstanding College Hastings and Rother deserves.’

Tony Campbell OBE KSG FRSA, Chairman of the College’s Board of Governors expressed his thanks to all members of the Corporation, the Principal and Senior Leadership Team, the staff, and students, for their tremendous efforts over the past two years. He further stated ‘The College has emerged from a difficult period, with inspirational new facilities, an outstanding leadership team and exceptional teaching staff. Students here now and in the future can expect an inspiring educational experience.’

Amber Rudd MP, said, ‘I am delighted for everyone at Sussex Coast College and have seen first-hand the sterling work being done there.  The College has become a fantastic asset for the continued regeneration of the town and a beacon for learning for local residents.  This Ofsted report is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the Principal, Clive Cooke, and his team.’

Saffron Peterson, a sixth form student, at the College, said ‘I have been studying A Levels at Sussex Coast College for over a year now and love everything about it. The staff are a great support and the facilities are wonderful.’

The student experience was reflected in the report, with Ofsted commenting ‘students are at the heart of the College, typified by the ‘Student First’ approach, and understand that their voice has real value and that their opinions have an impact.’

You can find out more about the college and the courses it has on offer by visiting the site here.

Torr Scientific has welcomed Zoe Batchelor who has joined as Accounts & Personnel Coordinator and Calvin Hatter who is TSL’s ICT apprentice.

Calvin, who attends Sussex Coast College one day per week, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for me to gain experience in IT and to learn about the UHV industry at the same time”.

Calvin will be attending Sussex Coast College one day a week and will be studying City and Guilds Level 3 in ICT Professional Competence. TSL’s Victoria Champion, Customer Service Coordinator, and Benjamin Groves, Production Engineer, also attend Sussex Coast College

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once per week for The High Vacuum Technology training course designed for and in association with the high density of vacuum technology companies located in the Hastings and East Sussex area.

Sussex Coast College Hastings has developed the bespoke training course on Vacuum Technologies. This 11 week part-time course gives the opportunity for employees of local businesses to enhance their knowledge of the High Vacuum industry and its requirements; it is also delivered by a lecturer with a background in High Vacuum Equipment manufacturing.

The pilot course was started at SCCH Ore Valley campus on October 1st and has attracted 19 students from seven different local companies. The course covers a wide range of topics, from ‘what is vacuum?’ to methods of vacuum measurement, creation and application giving students an understanding of the theories behind the work they do.

The Own Grown Challenge has been hugely successful, and is on track to achieve its target of 1,066 pledges to help a young person into work, by December if not sooner.


Own Grown are having an awards ceremony at SCCH

To celebrate this, and to recognise the achievements of individual firms and young people, the Own Grown Partners are holding an Awards and Celebration event at  Sussex Coast College, Station Plaza, at 6.30pm on 14th November.

This free event includes a drink, canapés, speakers including East Sussex’s Member of the Youth Parliament Solomon Curtis, as well as networking opportunities, with publicity in the Observer newspapers.

If you would like to go to the event you can register for it here.

The Own Grown Awards are in eight categories. This is your chance to blow your own trumpet as a business and an employer, or as an organisation working with young people. You can enter one or more categories. The will also be an overall winner chosen from the eight category winners – sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings. And the best business will receive a special award in the Hastings Youth Awards (24th November).

Send your entry to owngrown@hastings.gov.uk by Friday 1st November

All entrants, businesses and the people they have supported are welcome at the free  event, the 1066 Own Grown Awards, on 14 November at 6.30pm at Sussex Coast  College, Station Plaza site. Shortlisted nominees for each category will know in advance and the winner will be announced on the night at this high profile celebratory evening.

For winners, alongside the award itself and framed award certificate, Own Grown wil supply a logo in electronic form for your use too. Professional pictures will be taken on the  night and publicised. Your company will also be ‘up in lights’ on the 1066 Own Grown website. This offers great free publicity for  your business in return for your efforts in support of the 1066 Own Grown initiative.

If you haven’t already registered a pledge to help a young person towards employment, you can still do so on www.owngrown.org.uk or you can pledge by email: owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or by phone 01424 451795.