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Welcome to the Principal's Blog

This blog is specifically to inform staff from Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College on the intended merger between the colleges.

Updates about this merger will be shared on this blog and individuals will be invited to ask questions they may have in regards to this.

Fortnightly posts will be added here.

FAQs on the Merger

Q. Why are Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College merging?
A. The colleges are proposing to merge in order to create a new college group, which will provide greater opportunities for young people, adults and businesses in East Sussex. The merger is a positive and proactive step on the part of both governing bodies to ensure the continuation and development of further education and sixth form provision for their towns and local communities, now and in the future. The partnership will mean both Sussex Coast College in Hastings and Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne, Lewes and Newhaven will retain their existing campuses and distinctive ethos, while sharing their wealth of expertise, extensive staff talent, state-of-the-art facilities and resources for the benefit of current and future students.

Q. What does the merger mean for students?
A. The merger of the two colleges is very much a technical process, which should have no impact on the day-today learning experience of students at either of the colleges. All of the current campuses of the colleges will continue and all of the current opportunities and resources will continue to be available to students.

Q. What are the benefits of merging?
A. By joining forces, Sussex Coast College College and Sussex Downs College will be able to do everything they do now and more for their students. Whilst students will continue to identify with one particular college campus, being part of a new college group will provide an enhanced offer to students across all campuses, greater learning opportunities, access to a wider range of resources and more progression routes. The benefits to students and businesses will include: an enhanced specialist sixth form college provision, enhanced student enrichment opportunities, the growth and development of higher education courses, increased apprenticeship opportunities, greater progression opportunities for young people to local, affordable Higher Education and enhanced adult learning opportunities.

Q. I have already applied to one of the colleges – do I have to do anything differently?
A. No. The applications and admissions processes for entry in September 2018 remain unchanged and this merger will not affect your application in any way. The indivdual college websites will provide you with details of how to apply for a course.

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