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In celebration of International Peace Day, students from Sussex Coast College Hastings sent their own message of peace to the world.

Last Tuesday, Supported Education students encouraged their peers to write their own mantras of peace, on dove shaped pieces of paper, to help them create a large collage in the college atrium.

The students arranged the dozens of doves to spell the word ‘PEACE’ which was displayed in time for World Peace Day on Wednesday 21st September.

Some of the messages addressed current issues and fears around war and terrorism, other messages were motivational, and others were uplifting and happy.


Rosalyn Katz, Lecturer in Supported Education said: “This was a really positive experience and a great way for Supported Education students to collaborate with others across the college. We wanted to create a visual way to send our messages to the world. A mantra is something that is believed to have psychological and spiritual powers, whether it is words, phrases or sounds, so we hope that our messages can help to spread the love”.

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The annual Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival took place last weekend and was hailed as the biggest and best one yet.

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Over 20,000 thousand people were thought to have visited the Stade across the weekend of 17th and 18th September to enjoy the best local produce and seafood that suppliers and businesses could offer.

This year, there was a 1066 theme and over 30 stalls welcomed visitors with their gourmet fish burgers, artisan breads, craft beers, Thai noodles and fish tacos – but the main buzz seemed to be around the Coast stall which was manned by the Sussex Coast College Hastings catering team.

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The College cooked up a storm with their seared mackerel burgers with a spicy mead slaw, and south coast oysters served with a choice of chilli, ginger and coriander, citrus and shallot or bloody mary dressing.

The team sold over 700 oysters and plenty of Prosecco over the weekend, and with their mediaeval costumes, Norman shields and arrow decorations, Coast won the ‘best dressed stall’ accolade.

Friends of the college, Loulou Cousin and Maika Crampton, helped the catering team to decorate their stall and create their menus.

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Jakki Pransky, Coast Restaurant manager said: “It was a fantastic weekend, and I was so pleased to see so many people. Our stall was really busy and people couldn’t get enough of the oysters. By Sunday afternoon we had completely sold out. The mackerel burgers and 2 for 1 vouchers for the restaurant also went really well; so it was a fantastic weekend all round!”

The Coast restaurant at Sussex Coast College Hastings is open Monday to Friday for lunch from 12:30-3:30pm and serve a 5 course dinner on Thursday evenings from 6:30-10pm. Reservations are essential, so please call 01424 458535 to book.


Hastings United Under 19s football academy returned home from a pre-season tour of the North West last week with a 100% winning record.

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The 16-man squad travelled to Liverpool to take on the Liverpool FC Foundation Academy, where they recorded an impressive 3-0 win, and followed that up with a 4-1 victory over The New Saints Academy team, in Oswestry.

Off the pitch, the players were able to explore Liverpool and visit the stadiums of Premier League teams Liverpool and Everton, the Hillsborough memorial, the Albert Dock, and watch England Under 18s take on Italy Under 18s at Highbury Stadium, the home of Fleetwood Town.

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David Nessling, Director Hastings United, said: “What a fantastic four days for our Under 19s. Two wins from two is brilliant and shows that our Football Academy is progressing and moving in the right direction. Congratulations to Dean White and the lads for their achievements and hard work.”

The tour was part of the preparations for the new season, which will see Hastings United joining forces with Sussex Coast College Hastings to develop young footballing talent. A number of new players have been attracted by the opportunity to join the College’s new Football Development Academy programme so that they can improve their footballing abilities, play matches and gain industry specific qualifications.

Steve Hedges, Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “This is a great result and great news. We’ve been delighted with the number of students who have joined our football academy; it has exceeded our expectation enormously.”

“The academy will give aspiring footballers the chance to not only develop their abilities on the pitch, but also enable them to leave college with a number of different career options, such as becoming a coach or an official, or going on to university to study sport science.”

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“The partnership that we have with Skiltek and Hastings United FC has the potential to grow and grow. We have already been able to work with Hastings and St Leonards Academies, as well as the Academies Trust, to build the aspirations of young people throughout Hastings, Rother and Bexhill; something we want to expand on in the future.”

The members of the squad who have joined the college programme will now join up with other Sports and Uniformed Public Services students during the first week of term to take part in an induction camp in Lincolnshire, providing further opportunities for development.

Steve continued: “We’re very encouraged with the way that the football academy has taken off, and it is just the beginning of an exciting time at SCCH with many more expansion opportunities within the Sports and UPS department on the horizon.”

There are lots of opportunities for businesses to work the Sport and Uniformed Public Services department, and anyone interested should get in touch with Steve Hedges via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A lifesaving teenager has been chosen as the Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

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Eighteen-year-old Georgia Mockridge was on beach patrol during one of the incidents where swimmers got into distress at Camber Sands last month.

Three men got into difficulty and although two didn’t make it, she helped the third from the water and started resuscitation.

Georgia was nominated for the award by Royah Hamed, who said: “We are so proud of Georgia. She assisted at Camber Sands when an unfortunate incident happened and she is also a hard working individual who tries her best to help everyone, especially the students at SilverLee Stage School where she helps me teach young children to dance. She’s an asset to the community.”

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series. The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Justin Rollings, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “We applaud Georgia and anyone else involved in the rescue as it must have been very traumatic. We know from her nomination that she is very community minded and we were keen to recognise her efforts with this award.”

As part of her award, Georgia will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to the charity of her choice. To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

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A number of business students have gained glowing reports from employers, and proven that they are ready for work after successfully completing week-long work experience placements.

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Each year, Sussex Coast College Hastings students take part in a week of work experience to contribute towards completing their course. This year, the placements have been particularly successful with many of the students gaining glowing reports from their bosses, and one student was invited to an interview and successfully secured a full-time role.

A survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce said that a large number of businesses (88%) thought that young people were unprepared for the world of work when they leave education.

But Sussex Coast College has been working with local businesses for a number of years to offer students the opportunity to take part in work experience. The college realises the importance it plays in helping young people develop valuable skills in a practical environment to help prepare them for employment or further study.

Kim Christmas, Work Experience Co-ordinator at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “The students really enjoy the work placements and get fully involved. We’re here to help, but we like to encourage the students to find and progress their own placements, which tends to be very good in terms of setting expectations, and impresses employers.”

Level 2 and 3 Business students spent a week with a number of household names and local established businesses including, Marks & Spencer’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Co-Operative Stores, Santander Hastings Branch, University of Brighton, The White Rock Hotel, Hastings Borough Council, The Flint Group, and Media South at Battle.

For the first time Axa PPP Healthcare invited students to join their Work Inspiration programme. They were able to learn and be mentored by staff and managers from each of their main departments.

Level 3 Travel and Tourism students were able to spend a week with the National Trust at Bodiam Castle to celebrate St George's Day back in March. Karen Hammond, the Visitor Experience Manager at Bodiam was delighted with the students saying: "They all worked so well together as a team, even leading events themselves which meant our visitors got a lot more enjoyment out of the day. I would not hesitate to have work experience students again, and hope that they always gain something to take forward for the future.”

Lots of students gained special recognition from bosses who were truly impressed with how well they carried out tasks and showed improvement during their week. Taylor-Jane Hustwayte impressed boss Ian Harrison so much during her week at Santander Bank, that he invited her for an interview, and offered her a full-time job afterwards.

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Kim continued: “It is fantastic news that Taylor was able to secure a full-time job as a result of her work experience, so it just goes to show that the programme is such a worthwhile thing for students to do.”

Tony Campbell, Chair of the Corporation at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “We are very proud of the commitment of staff and students to our work experience programme and very grateful to all employers who are fully involved in this essential part of the College’s employability strategy.”

It’s not too late to join us this September. There are a few places left, so if you are interested in studying course from Business to Travel, or Hairdressing to Sport, then please come in and see us or call the student services team on 01424 442222.


Thursday 25th August 2016 is GCSE Results Day.

GCSE results day is one of the biggest days in the academic calendar, where hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the country will pick up their along-awaited results.

Results day can be an exciting, nerve-wracking, joyful or disappointing occasion – for some people it can be all four in one go; but the important thing to remember, even if things don’t quite go to plan – don’t worry. It isn’t the end of the world.

We have a dedicated team that is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your grades or going to college – whether you’re planning to come here or to another college – we will give impartial and friendly advice, to help you decide what is best for you.

So if you’d like to talk to us, then feel free to give us a call on: 08000 38 38 38


We asked one of our students if they could write a short post about their experience about GCSE results day last year.

"It seems like an age ago that I was collecting my GCSEs. For me, GCSE results day was probably the most anticipated and dreaded day of my life. I couldn’t wait to get my results, but at the same time, I would have been quite happy if the day never came.

I woke up and felt a bit nervous because there’s always the question of ‘what if?’, but after going over my predicted grades in my head and reminding myself that I’d worked hard all year, I was feeling ok and that opening that envelope might not be as bad as I feared.

But all that went out of the window as soon as I had this little envelope in my hand. I just remember thinking, I don’t know what I’m going to do if I’ve failed any of my exams and that the college wouldn’t accept me.

The actual moment of opening my results is still a bit blurry. I just remember scanning down through grades and not really taking any of it in. I saw a few As, mainly Bs and a few Cs. But it wasn’t until I went back through them for a second time that I spotted a U.

My grinning face instantly dropped, and my heart sank. I knew instantly which subject it was. I didn’t even have to look. When I did glance across, I saw the word Mathematics.

It sort of took the gloss off what on the whole were really good grades and excluding maths I was so happy and proud about.

I wasn’t too sure what to do next. I didn’t know if I’d still be able to get into SCCH, so I called their GCSE hotline.

They were amazing. They were really helpful and told me not to worry because I could re-take my exam when I joined the college in September, and most importantly, that I’d still be able to go to college there.

I’ve now finished my first year at college and got my C in maths. My life has changed so much in the space of a year – and all for the better. It has been the best first year at college and I’ve met so many awesome people. I can’t wait to come back in September and get started with my second year.

Who knows what the future holds, but I know I’m in control and don’t see failure as a bad thing anymore. It has helped me learn and it’s helped me grow. So whatever your results this week – just embrace it!"


If you have any questions about GCSE results, please give us a call, or check out some of the most frequently asked questions we get during GCSE results day.


1, What if I don’t get the grades I need for my course?

Don’t worry. Tutors may be able to offer you a lower level course in your area of interest. We will have impartial careers advisers available to talk to you during your enrolment day to discuss other alternative course options.


2, Can I still apply for a course?

Yes! You’ll be able to apply during our open enrolment sessions which are from Thursday 1st September until Friday 9th September.


3, What do I do if I haven’t received my enrolment letter?

Don’t worry if you haven’t received your letter yet. Contact our student services team who will be able to tell you the date and time of your appointment. If you provided us with a mobile number you’ll also receive a text message with your dates.


4, Can I still enrol on my course if I didn’t get a C in English and maths?

As long as it is not a mandatory entry requirement for your course, you’ll still be able to enrol. You’ll also have the opportunity to study the subjects again as part of your study programme in order to achieve a higher grade.


5, Can I swap courses if I’ve changed my mind?

Yes, if you are not sure about the course you have an offer for, you will be able to speak with a guidance advisor about other potential courses and meet with tutors to discuss you being able to enrol.


6, Can I get help with the cost of travel to college and my uniform?

Yes, you may be able to apply for financial support through the bursary. Forms and further information are available please speak with a student advisor

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