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Last Wednesday (15th June), the college celebrated all the hard-work and achievements of its students by throwing an end-of-year awards ceremony.

The ceremony, which was organised and put together by the Student Union, celebrated students from all over the college for their excellent achievements, contribution to college life and overcoming challenges to succeed.

Over 150 people attend the evening at Station Plaza with 74 people picking up an award across 28 categories.

Our very own Gary Palmer and Bradley Toft, presented awards in each of the curriculum areas, from A-Levels to Vocational and gave special recognition for achievements in English and Maths. There were four categories kindly sponsored by local businesses; Hastings Direct, Cobb PR, Hastings Observer and the Italian Way to celebrate achievements in Adult Learning, Higher Education, Access to Higher Education, and Hospitality & Catering.

The penultimate award of the evening celebrated the contribution towards college life, concluding with an award for outstanding achievements against the odds.

Bradley Toft, Student President at Sussex Coast College, said: “The evening was a great celebration of student success across the whole college. There was a great atmosphere throughout the evening and I thank everyone who was involved with the event. I’d also like to wish the students all the best for the future.”

A full list of winners can be found below:

A-Level Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Ayisha El-Ayat

2nd Aswathy Geetha Manukumar

3rd Caitlin Quigley


Automotive Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Jamie Smith

2nd Arron Scrace

3rd Reece Woodfine


Art Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Sarah Nash

2nd Lydia Boniface

3rd Connor Brown


Beauty Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Elizabeth Baxter

2nd Rachel Metcalfe

3rd Amie Price


Business Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Stacey-Jo Horsley

2nd Jade Hilling

3rd Ryan Norton


Construction Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Jack Loynes

2nd Simon Richardson

3rd Roland Crittenden


Engineering Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Tom Ramsay

2nd Luke Goldup

3rd Iesha Baldock


Foundation Learning Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Ryan Turk-Simons

2nd Natalie Thorncroft

3rd Shanice O’Grady


Hair Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Victoria Kennedy

2nd Megan Jury

3rd Ann-Marie Fyfe


Health, Social & Childcare Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Matthew Aitken

2nd Phoebe Smith

3rd Imogen Paton


ICT Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Daniel Busson

2nd Ashley Gorringe


International Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Dora Servina

2nd Masoumeh Saeid Ghalati

3rd Edison Mataj


Music Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Alfie Jackson

2nd Ashley Kafifar

3rd Adam Flack


Public Services Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Ryan Adam

2nd Emelia Gallop


SLDD Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Hannah Barnes


Sport Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Ellie Baxter

2nd Tom Holloway


Travel & Tourism Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Katie Gore

2nd Oksana Lachowska

3rd Emma Wells


Work Based Learning Student of the Year 2015/16

1st Naiomi Sargant

2nd Charlie Bateman

3rd Claire Tolhurst


Outstanding Progress in English Functional Skills 2015/16

1st Melissa Pearson

2nd Elise Skinner


Outstanding Progress in Maths Functional Skills 2015/16

1st Jordan Miller

2nd Thomas Pringle

3rd Ashley Hodgson


Outstanding Progress in GCSE English 2015/16

1st Alexa Loft

2nd Rosie Brown

3rd Jordan McGuigan


Outstanding Progress in GCSE Maths 2015/16

1st Aimee Whitmee


Access to Higher Education Student of the Year 2015/16

sponsored by the Observer Group

1st Julie Henderson

2nd Ben Anderson

3rd Rachael Banham


Adult Learning Student of the Year 2015/16

sponsored by Hastings Direct

1st Kelly Gladwish

2nd David Baughurst

3rd Andy Baldock


Higher Education Student of the Year 2015/16

sponsored by Cobb PR

1st Sarah Fretwell

2nd Max Burgess

3rd Karen Honey


Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year 2015/16

sponsored by The Italian Way

1st Shane Whittington

2nd Jack Sadler

3rd Emily Donaldson-Antelo


Principal’s Award for Contribution to College Life 2015/16

sponsored by the Principal

Emily Donaldson-Antelo


Outstanding Progress Against the Odds 2015/16

sponsored by the Governors

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Two groups of adult learners were awarded with employability and work based qualifications last week, after completing the springboard course at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

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The Springboard course, which is run in partnership with Hastings Job Centre, gives local adults, who are predominantly parents, the opportunity to build confidence, brush up on employability skills, and improve their job prospects.

Over the past 36 weeks, 19 people have joined the Springboard course to work towards gaining a City & Guilds Level 1 Employability qualification, along with the opportunity to achieve English and Maths functional skills certificates too.

Working on transferable skills, updating their CVs and practicing interview techniques, the group presented their credentials to local employers.

Yvonne Austin, Springboard tutor at Sussex Coast College, said: “I am constantly amazed by the skills, energy and focus to succeed that the parents bring to the workshop.”

“In many cases they have felt that their lack of qualifications and dependence on looking after family members has held them back, meaning they have a lack of appetite to pursue their dream jobs, and have a fear of failure."

The Springboard workshop enables the parents to plan their future and career by trying it through work placements.”

"Going back to work after a career break can be tough especially trying to build your confidence to apply for jobs. For stay-at-home parents confidence is a huge barrier."

“You need to think about the experience you already have, both in work and outside of work. You would have built up a raft of skills as a parent which are extremely useful in the workplace, so this should give you lots of confidence.”

To find out more information about the Springboard course, or to book a place on the next programme please contact Sussex Coast College on 01424 458570.

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A group of construction students from Sussex Coast College travelled to Kent last month to compete in the regional heat of the 2016 SkillBuild competition.

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Jack Mouat-Harrison, Jack Loynes, Sam Earey and Ryan Carre travelled to East Kent College to represent Sussex Coast in the UK’s largest and longest running multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices.

Jack Mouat-Harrison beat a strong field of painters and decorators to win gold in the Painting and Decorating category.

Jack Loynes claimed second spot in the Joinery category, while Sam Earey and Ryan Carre narrowly missed out on top three finishes, in the Bricklaying and Carpentry categories.

Kristian Bartlett, Construction Lecturer at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “A huge well done and congratulations to the four students who went to compete at the SkillBuild regional heat.”

“To have a first and second place is amazing, and although Sam and Ryan didn’t place in the top three, they did a great job of representing the college against some tough opposition.”

If you would like more information about any of our full-time construction courses, or even part-time courses, then please visit


Our very own Head of Marketing will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge later this month to raise money for charity.

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Justin Rollings will be taking on the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, in under 24 hours on Saturday 25th June, to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, and Mind works to give people support and advice.

To help raise money for his challenge, Justin organised a cake sale at the college, selling a range of different cakes, as well as auctioning off two large fruit cakes.

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Catering students and members of staff, along with friends and family, helped to bake cakes for the stall, one of which was in the shape of a giant tree stump, helping to raise a total of £210.

Justin spent last summer volunteering for the charity in Bexhill, meeting many people who had benefitted from the support that they give.

Justin said: "I really wanted to try and find a way to help raise further awareness of this important charity and this seemed the best way. We will probably all experience some kind of mental health problem in our lives and I feel that it's really important to lift the lid on this often hidden illness".

Justin will start his Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday morning climbing Ben Nevis, then moving on to Scafell Pike over-night, before finishing with Snowdon in Wales on Sunday morning. The trek covers a distance of 27 miles and a hefty 3,000 meter climb.

You can donate to Justin’s challenge here:

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Sussex Coast College is giving people the opportunity to try over 20 different courses next month as it celebrates the Festival of Learning.

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From Monday 6th to Saturday 11th June, the college will host a full programme of free activities for people to discover and try something new.

The Festival of Learning, which was previously Adult Learners’ Week, kicked-off at the beginning of May and runs until the end of June.

There will be 29 courses on offer across the week, ranging from cookery sessions in the fully-equipped kitchens, fitness activities in the gym and screen-printing on the dedicated art floor; as well a selection of courses available from the on-site Pitman Training Centre.

A full list of taster courses can be found here:, along with instructions on how to book your place onto a course. Some of the courses have limited availability so people are encouraged to book as early as they can to avoid disappointment.

Last year’s event was very popular and attracted over 100 people to the college to try their hand at a new skill; many of who went on to study a part-time or full-time course at the college.

This year, the college is offering a 10% discount off course prices to anyone who books and applies before 31st July 2016. Some restrictions apply and exclude any Level 3 and Higher Education courses.

If you would like to find out more information about full-time or part-time courses at the college please visit the website:

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A 16-year-old cricket coach has batted his way to victory to win the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.

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For the past 18 months, Harry Scowen has helped to coach community groups, school children and adults with disabilities on behalf of Hastings Priory Cricket Club. He also helps the club’s colts co-ordinator with indoor league scoring, umpiring and junior team management.

Roger Newman, who nominated Harry on behalf of the club, said he is a very reliable and incredibly enthusiastic member of the team. He has completed his entry level coaching award and delivers 4 to 5 hours a week of cricket coaching.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The monthly 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.Ashley Chapman, Marketing Projects Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Harry dedicates a lot of his spare time to giving coaching sessions to others and he is an asset to the cricket club. He’s a very deserving winner of this award.”

As part of his award, Harry will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to the cricket club for nominating him.

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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