With students from 180 different countries and over 300 languages spoken across the three campuses, Sussex Coast College Hastings is a hub for cultural exchange as well as learning.
Five hundred international students come through the college doors each year, and with over 30 years’ experience teaching international students, SCCH is considered an excellent place to study – both for fee paying international students and for young people who receive scholarships, such as Pestalozzi International Village Trust scholars.
With recent Good and Outstanding Ofsted results, the college has produced IB results in line with or above world averages, and Pestalozzi students have been on the forefront of this success. ‘Pestalozzi students are champions of research and investigation,’ says SCCH Principal Clive Cooke. ‘They have consistently been amongst our highest performers and have as a result been able to access higher education institutions across the world.’
This year, 11 Pestalozzi scholars from the class of 2014 are heading to universities around the world, with the help of tutors at Pestalozzi and SCCH. They will join 18 Pestalozzi graduates from the class of 2013 at universities including MIT, Yale, Duke and Princeton in the USA, Brighton and LSE in the UK, and other institutions in the United Arab Emirates and India.
Pratiksha Sharma, a Pestalozzi scholarship recipient from Nepal, is heading to Duke University in September to study Economics and explore other interests. Pratiksha said, ‘The Pestalozzi scholarship and education I have received at SCCH have enabled me to pursue my dreams. I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me by the charity and to the excellent teachers I’ve had over the last two years.’
This academic year, SCCH has seen 314 students apply for UCAS; this represents 44% of students currently studying at Level 3 and sees an 8% increase on 2012 entries.
111 applications were to Russell Group Universities, which represents a 17% increase on 2011/12 and 7 of these were to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which represents a 600% increase on 2011/12.