The event: On Wednesday 15 May Sussex Coast College Hastings celebrated it's 31st Annual Hair & Beauty Awards.

What they said: 'The quality of work that was produced by students was phenomenal with great attention to detail, it was so good that the judges found it difficult to select winners. After 31 years the standards of students' work remains as high as ever. Congratulations to all Hair & Beauty students.' Trudi Sealy, Head of Service & Industries

Published & Photographed by Arron Polton, Trainee Marketing Coordinator 


What is Inside Track? If you are an employer looking for staff, Inside Track can help you recruit from a pool of work-ready people. If you are a job-seeker, Inside Track can help train you for specific local jobs, giving you the best chance of employment.

Who is it for? In partnership with employers, Sussex Coast College Hastings designs short and intensive accredited pathways for local job-seekers, giving the confidence and skills needed to apply for local job vacancies.
Inside Track works in partnership with JobCentre Plus and other welfare-to-work programme providers to train local job-seekers ready for local employers to interview, take on a work trial or directly employ.

Why is it effective? By working together we can provide employers with a cost-effective recruitment process and support local job-seekers get back into work.

Which employers are involved? Initial employer partnerships have generated jobs for people in Prime Care, Pets at Home, Dunhelm Mill and we are currently developing a programme for Hastings Direct.

Contact details: If you want us to tailor a programme to meet your recruitment needs then contact 01424 458570 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reaching the top

What happened? On 28th March, students from the Cert TESOL course achieved a 100% pass rate.

What this means: All the students are now qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Tutor's view: ‘This is a serious and demanding course and it most unusual for all starters to pass. I would like to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication.’ Course leader, Anselm De Pleave

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Summer Term is always exciting. Students will be taking exams, putting on exhibitions, performing in shows and completing final projects. Hard work, but hopefully fun too.

Of course, they will be supported by their tutors and lecturers along the way to help them get the best results possible.

But it’s not just our current students who matter to us. As the town’s main education provider, we put on lots of events and activities to connect with those who haven’t yet left school, as well as those who left school many years ago.

For example, our Futures Fair for Year 10 pupils in March was a great success and many year 10’s will be returning for Taster Days in the Summer.

For year 11’s, our team of student and staff party planners are pulling out all the stops for an exclusive Summer party at Station Plaza.

And around 400 adults came along to Free Taster Classes in May for Adult Learners Week, trying their hands at new skills from millinery to accounting.

So you could say we've been keeping busy! Keep an eye on our website and our facebook page for regular updates.

Have a great Summer.

Clive Cooke, Principal

Pat Farmer2

Message from outgoing Chair of Corporation – Pat Farmer

As I updated you last time, my term of office as Chair expired on 31 March 2013, and I decided not to stand for re-election. I am delighted to hand over the baton to the new Chair of the Corporation: Tony Campbell OBE KSG, who some of you will already know through his former role as Head Teacher of St Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill from 1988-2008.

Tony has been a driving force in local education for many years, and was awarded an OBE in January 2007 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education in East Sussex. Following this he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). His service to Catholic Education locally and nationally was also recognised in 2008 by a Papal Knighthood (KSG). 

At the same time, Vic Kempner’s term of office as Vice Chair of the Corporation expired on 31 March 2013, and Vic similarly decided not to stand for re-election, although he remains dedicated to serving and supporting the college as a governor – see Tony’s note below. I am personally still keen to play a strong role within the Corporation, and have therefore now taken on the role of Vice Chair of the Corporation.

Being Chair of SCCH from 2011-13 has been a most challenging and rewarding experience, and I wish Tony all the very best in his new role.

Tony Cambell

Message from new Chair – Tony Campbell OBE KSG FRSA

I am truly delighted to take up the role of Chair of Sussex Coast College, having been a governor of the College since 2010. Sussex Coast College Hastings (or Hastings College of Arts and Technology as we knew it for so many years) has always been very important to me, in particular as the destination for so many of my pupils after they left St Richards.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to Pat on behalf of all the Governing Body and Leadership Team for his crucial contribution as Chairman during a very difficult period of the College’s history recently. Much of Pat’s work has taken place out of the spotlight, but to those who have worked with him directly, it is certain that his drive, energy, vision and commitment have been absolutely instrumental to the College’s recovery over the last year or so. Pat’s support has been very much appreciated by Clive Cooke as Principal, and April Carrol as Deputy Principal, and we are therefore delighted to still have him on board in a leadership role within the Corporation structure.

Sincere thanks to Vic also for his tireless contribution as Vice Chairman. Vic is very well known to students and staff within the College, and so I hope you will be as pleased as I am that Vic is now coordinating a new Link Governor Scheme. This aims to raise governor visibility around the college in various ways; an aim very close to my heart. Indeed, if you have any ideas in relation to this, I would be delighted if you would share them with the Clerk to the Corporation at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01424 458487.

I look forward very much to my term of office and wish you all the very best for the busy summer term.

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