Gallery Students

Budding artists from Hastings College have had work accepted for sale at a specialist print gallery in Eastbourne.

The Emma Mason Gallery considered work from 12 students who submitted it as part of a professional practice module.

Four students from the FdA Illustration course were successful and the work of Nina Somers, Rowena O’Rilly , Keith Hau and Lianne Cheal can now been seen on display at the gallery.

Emma Mason said: ”I think the partnership has worked remarkably well. Initially, we agreed to select work from only two students, however the standard was much higher than expected and made it hard to choose.”

The Professional Practice unit is designed to prepare students for becoming working freelance illustrators.

Andrew Moran, course tutor said: “Most of our students aim to become professional illustrators or printmakers and in order to reach this goal they need the ability to sell work as well as produce it. We teach them that being commercially aware is just as important as creative ability.”

Hastings based Nina Sommers said: “This has been a fantastic learning experience. Now that I understand the process involved in submitting artwork to a gallery, I feel far more confident about getting my work out there.”


Students from Sussex Coast College Hastings are celebrating after achieving outstanding A Level results, performing significantly above the national average for A Level students for the 5th year running.

SCCH students secured an exceptional pass rate of 100% on the range of A Level subjects offered by the college, with just under half of students gaining 45% A* to B/high grade at A2 level. Similarly, first year AS students produced outstanding results, with a success rate of 82.35%, compared to the national average of 75.05% (11/12).

Art & design, science, mathematics, humanities and social science courses all significantly exceeded the high national average success rates, with students securing places at top universities across the UK.

Jim Sharpe, Head of Academy 6 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.’

The college’s quality improvement drivers in 2012/13 focussed on improving the quality of their outcomes, including improved levels of achievement and high grade performance.

SCCH is therefore pleased to report a significant improvement in the A Level success rate due to a much improved achievement rate, with more students than ever achieving in the higher grade bands of A* - C.

Deputy Principal, April Carrol commented ‘The excellent results provide compelling evidence that the college’s advice and guidance, learning, assessment and teaching, and quality improvement activities introduced in 2011/12 and refined in 2012/13, have continued to have a positive impact on the outcomes for A level students in 2012/13.’

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.

If you would like to study at the college, or have any questions about A levels, contact Student Services on 01424 458 465.

Photos by Steve Hunnisett

On Friday 9th August, Sussex Coast College Hastings held a free music event for current and potential students, with an aim to keep them engaged with the college during the summer months.


A variety of acts took over the stage inside the atrium for an afternoon of fun, including a popular photobooth and plenty of refreshments.


The afternoon kicked off with local band Dorey The Wise, followed by The Parades, Charlee Drew, Tich and headlining rapper, Angel. DJ Lady D introduced the acts and provided music during the intervals. An online competition gave some lucky students the opportunity to meet the artists, which to them, was a highlight of their summer.


One potential student said ‘I had such a fun afternoon and now I am even more excited about starting at Sussex Coast College in September.’


The student engagement team worked collaboratively with the marketing team to organise and promote the free festival, which was open to everyone.


Matthew Pitts, Student Engagement Co-ordinator at SCCH commented ‘It was great afternoon with a real ‘feel-good’ summer vibe. A huge thanks to the artists who were so generous with their time, chatting to fans, signing autographs and making it a day to remember.’


SCCH hope to run the event again next year, providing an afternoon of music and entertainment for everyone.




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The Event: On Wednesday, 26th June 2013 our Public Services level 3 students held a Help the Heroes Ball as part of their course. The students organised a formal dinner and dance for the local community which was held in Coast Restaurant, Station Plaza. The students planned and prepared the whole event and acted as waiters on the evening.

Quote from Learning Standards Manager, Neil Palmer said: 'The event was a great success and we hope to do the same next year and look forward to raising more funds for such a good cause'. 



Keith Hau's print Nina Somer's print Rowena OReilly 's print
Keith Hau Nina Somers Rowena OReilly - Seaside Seafood


Students studying Fda Illustration at Sussex Coast College Hastings visited The Emma Mason Gallery in Eastbourne as part of a project to develop their professional practice. The gallery specialises in exhibiting prints particularly those produced during the mid-twentieth century. The students were then invited to produce their own print in response to a brief set by Emma Mason and the college. All first year FdA Illustration students together with a second year and Rowena O'Reilly formerly an FdA Illustration student but who has just graduated from the top-up, responded to the theme of 'The Visit'. They submitted their work for review by Emma who selected the work of Nina Somers, Lianne Cheal and Rowena O'Reilly with a commendation going to Keith Hau. The prints will be shown at the gallery over the summer. 

In all of this a very special thanks go to Andrew Moran who initiated and organised the venture and, of course, to Emma for being so generous with her time and support.




The 2013 International Baccalaureate results are out, and Pestalozzi is delighted to announce that all 26 of their graduating students have passed, most with marks well above the international average.

With 45 being the ‘perfect’ IB result, Pestalozzi students averaged 34.62, well above this year’s international IB average of 29.81. Five students received exceptional results of 40 and above. Pestalozzi’s class of 2013 has attained a 100% pass rate, compared to the international average of 78.54%.

Mags Alexander, Head of Student Programme at Pestalozzi, said, “We are very pleased for all of the individual students concerned. Their hard work and dedication is evident, as is the support the students have received from their teachers at Sussex Coast College Hastings and from Pestalozzi’s volunteer tutors. These results are a testament to our students’ exceptional abilities and determination to succeed.”

Steve Watters, IB Coordinator at Sussex Coast College Hastings commented, “This year, our IB results were of a very high standard. Within the excellent results, Pestalozzi has produced some of the best results we’ve ever had. Amongst some of the successes were Kishore Chandra Patra (pictured) and Surya Tripathi who both gained 43/45. This is testament to the hard work of the students, teaching staff at SCCH and staff at Pestalozzi.” Kishore was also recently presented with SCCH’s International Student of the Year award.

The IB results come as Pestalozzi graduates leave the UK to pursue the next stages in their lives. Eight of these young people will go straight on to fully funded scholarships at prestigious international universities, while the remainder are taking gap years to pursue volunteer and work placements in their home communities.

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