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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.


At our annual student award ceremony the college appointed seven Apprentice Ambassadors. These learners are current Apprentices and each one was selected from around 40 nominees submitted by their assessors and selected by the Work Based Learning Team on their individual merits.

This is a scheme that the College has adopted and will continue to run in the years to come, this is very much about celebrating the success of learners at the College as well as the commitment by local employers who support the young people with their careers.

The aims of Ambassadors are to:

1.      Champion Apprenticeships to young people interested in taking-up Apprenticeships.
2.      Advise and help young people in choosing the right Apprenticeship programmes.
3.      Provide feedback to the College on issues which affect the quality and effectiveness of Apprenticeships
4.      With their employers, be the face of the College Apprenticeship programmes for the next year.

The selected ambassadors are:

Scott MacBean - The Rye Retreat, Tom Deverson - Booker & Best, Craig Halbard-Jones - Drallim Engineering, Enrico Phillis - Drallim Engineering, Alex John Dobson - Drallim Engineering, 
Gabriele Simbelyte - Sussex Coast College Hastings, Tom Growns - Sussex Coast College Hastings

Quote from Tim Scott, Head of Business Development said, “Who better to be the face of the College’s Apprenticeships and the voice of the College’s success at working with young people and employers than the Apprentices themselves.”


The Event: On Thursday 27thJune, the college held its annual Student Achievement Awards. The evening was an opportunity to put the students in the spotlight and praise their achievements throughout the year. A packed atrium full of parents, tutors, dignitaries and award sponsors helped applaud the success of the students. The top awards sponsors were, Arrow FM, Heart FM, Cobb PR and Saga.

A quote from Principal, Clive Cooke said: ‘This celebration of our students’ achievements is a key event in the college’s calendar and we are extremely thrilled of their success. They are a shining example to their peers and to the community, showing what can happen when you are determined to succeed. When they go out into the world of work and further study, they can be proud of saying they studied at Sussex Coast College.’

Sam Lewis, winner of the Principal’s Award for Contribution to College Life said, “This is a wonderful accolade which I am extremely happy to receive and just demonstrates the College’s commitment to student achievement”.


The Winners were:

Automotive – Shannon Firminger
Access – Cynthia Chukwu
Academy 6 – Hayley Graham
Adult & Community Learning – Olena Orawski
Business – Josh Arnold
Construction – Sean Carey
Engineering – Edward Jury
Foundation Learning – David Salter
Hair & Beauty - Celina Zomer
HE Award – Shammi Begum
Health, Social & Childcare – Sharon Dolan
Hospitality & Catering – Emil Grozev
International – Kishore Chandra Patra
ICT – Cihan Dogan
Ken Melsom’s Award – Marisa Li
Travel & Tourism - Charlotte Douglas
Principals Award – Sam Lewis                                              
Part-time – Paul Reece
Public Services – Joshua Fitzpatrick
Sport – Lewis Catt
SLDD – Marissa Stewart
The Arts – Ashley Allwood
Work Based Learning – Holly Fuller




What was the event: Sussex Coast College’s BA (Hons) Art and Design show continues an on-going collaboration with The Printworks and our interdisciplinary show is impressively situated in this wonderful space.

Quote by Andrew Robey, Programme leader / BA (Hons) Art and Design, said, “Going the extra mile at show time and challenging our students to excel within the context of professional practice has always been a corner stone of the creative constitution at Sussex Coast College.”

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