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What happened? Susie Faulkner, Duke of Edinburgh Leader at the College, headed to Snowdonia for some solo mountaineering.

How was it? 'Had a brilliant climb over Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain and Snowdon. Made my own route off the mountain - my leg muscles are still hating me for that!'

What next? Bronze Duke of Edinburgh trip coming up soon...



What happened? Art superstar, Jake Chapman, turned up at Sussex Coast College's Station Plaza campus last week, on a visit to his old stomping ground.

Who is Jake Chapman? Along with his brother Dinos, Jake studied at Sussex Coast College Hastings, before the Chapman Brothers went stellar in the art world with their shocking and controversial pieces, being nominated for the Turner Prize along the way.

What next? After a quick Q&A with current art students and a doodle on the studio wall, Jake headed down to the old town to visit the Jerwood Gallery, where he hosted an evening workshop for Hastings residents.

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Who: Zoey Greenwood, 34

Course: VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Injury Management and Prevention + Level 2 Fitness Instruction.

Background: 'I have four children and formerly ran my own sandwich shop. I was stuck in a rut and decided I needed to make some changes.'

Achievement: ‘I started a recreational boot camp with a group of other women, trained for several marathons and lost 14 stone. I joined college full time and have just won the Adult Learners Week 2013 Learn, Progress, Succeed Award. I attended a ceremony at the Museum of London to collect my certificate.'

What is college like? ‘I spent the first few weeks waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and tell me I was in the wrong place - I felt like an imposter! But my lecturer, Vicki McFarlane, is a real inspiration - she has just been awarded a double ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. She encouraged me and nominated me for an award.'

What next? ‘I want to inspire others to change their lives through exercise, as I’ve done myself. It has boosted my confidence. I want to stand on the highest mountain and scream out loud that I did it and you can do it too. I
 am now on track to becoming a Sports Teacher.  I really believe that anything is possible.

Her lecturer says: ‘I was inspired by Zoey's achievements and her refusal to give up, I just thought she deserved to win.'



The event: On Wednesday 15 May Sussex Coast College Hastings celebrated it's 31st Annual Hair & Beauty Awards.

What they said: 'The quality of work that was produced by students was phenomenal with great attention to detail, it was so good that the judges found it difficult to select winners. After 31 years the standards of students' work remains as high as ever. Congratulations to all Hair & Beauty students.' Trudi Sealy, Head of Service & Industries

Published & Photographed by Arron Polton, Trainee Marketing Coordinator 


What is Inside Track? If you are an employer looking for staff, Inside Track can help you recruit from a pool of work-ready people. If you are a job-seeker, Inside Track can help train you for specific local jobs, giving you the best chance of employment.

Who is it for? In partnership with employers, Sussex Coast College Hastings designs short and intensive accredited pathways for local job-seekers, giving the confidence and skills needed to apply for local job vacancies.
Inside Track works in partnership with JobCentre Plus and other welfare-to-work programme providers to train local job-seekers ready for local employers to interview, take on a work trial or directly employ.

Why is it effective? By working together we can provide employers with a cost-effective recruitment process and support local job-seekers get back into work.

Which employers are involved? Initial employer partnerships have generated jobs for people in Prime Care, Pets at Home, Dunhelm Mill and we are currently developing a programme for Hastings Direct.

Contact details: If you want us to tailor a programme to meet your recruitment needs then contact 01424 458570 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reaching the top

What happened? On 28th March, students from the Cert TESOL course achieved a 100% pass rate.

What this means: All the students are now qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Tutor's view: ‘This is a serious and demanding course and it most unusual for all starters to pass. I would like to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication.’ Course leader, Anselm De Pleave

Published By Arron Polton, Trainee Marketing Co-ordinator 

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