Crawley College

Crawley College
Established 1958 (merger from 1 August 2005)
Type Further education college
Principal Vicki Illingworth
Location College Road
West Sussex
RH10 1NR
51°06′58″N 0°10′53″W / 51.1162°N 0.1815°W / 51.1162; -0.1815Coordinates: 51°06′58″N 0°10′53″W / 51.1162°N 0.1815°W / 51.1162; -0.1815
Local authority South-East England LSC (although in West Sussex LEA)
DfE URN 129383 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 900+ teaching staff
Students 3,000 (full-time), 15,000 (part-time)
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website Crawley College

Crawley College is a college of further education in West Sussex. It offers courses ranging from Sixth form and Adult education to undergraduate courses through partnerships with universities.


Crawley College was formed in 2017 after a merger between Central Sussex College with Chichester College.[1] Central Sussex College was formed in August 2005 from a merger of Crawley College and Haywards Heath College.[2]

Crawley College

Crawley College of Further Education was opened in 1958 [3] by West Sussex County Council at the campus in Crawley town centre. The college offers many technical courses, particularly in engineering fields, and was later known as Crawley College of Technology from 1977 until 1989.

Haywards Heath College

Haywards Heath Grammar School opened on 9 September 1958,[4] being run by East Sussex Education Committee with 800 boys and girls. It became a sixth form college. Haywards Heath College was established in 1980 and offered mainly courses for 16- to 18-year-old students following on from compulsory education.[5]

History of Central Sussex College

Central Sussex College had five campuses across the county, offering a variety of services at each, and a commercial training centre in Horsham, Horsham Training Centre.

  • The Crawley campus at College Road, Crawley, offered a variety of technical and professional courses, including engineering, hair and beauty services, food, information technology and construction. It was the largest of the campuses [6] as well as being the centre through which undergraduate courses are undertaken in partnership with the University of Chichester and the University of Sussex. Crawley College's College Road campus is the tallest building in Crawley at 11 storeys.[7]
  • The Haywards Heath campus at Harlands Road in the west of the town, north of Dolphin Leisure Centre. It offered mainly post-compulsory courses such as Advanced level courses and BTECs. The campus attracted mainly students in the 16-18 age bracket.[8]
  • There were two campuses in East Grinstead at Queensmere House in the town centre offering many adult education and IT-based courses, as well as a beauty salon, and at the Birches Industrial Estate where there was a vocational centre working in partnership with the local secondary schools.[9]
  • The final campus at the Victoria Business Centre in Burgess Hill provided vocational training in brickwork, plumbing, electrical installation, welding and motor vehicle engineering.[10]
  • Horsham Training Centre in Hurst Road, Horsham, was a professional training centre for adults offering one day and short courses including IT, leadership and management, health and safety and business skills.[11]

Central Sussex College has closed two of their campuses due to a £25 million debt. The East Grinstead campus closed in the summer of 2016 and the Haywards Heath campus closed in the summer of 2017. There had also been discussions about selling of one of the rear car parks in the Crawley campus in order to pay off some of the debt.[12]

In 2017 it was revealed that Central Sussex College was looking at merging with Chichester College; the idea was welcomed by both colleges. In an interview with S. Wright and S. Legrave (the Central Sussex College Principal and the Chichester College Principal) they said "We believe that a merger between our colleges will create opportunities around financial sustainability and ensure a diverse and employer led curriculum to meet local business and community needs...We remain committed to ensuring quality teaching and learning and believe that collaboration provides the opportunity to grow income, share costs and work in broader geographical areas." during the summer of 2017 the merger took place, Central Sussex College, in Crawley was renamed "Crawley College", the same name it had when it was during it last merger in 2005. [13]


The college has trainee hairdressing, beauty salons, and a restaurant open to the public. These allow students to train with real customers.

Intuition is the brand name for the college's trainee hairdressing and beauty salons at Crawley

Notable alumni

  • Harry Cowell, record producer

Crawley College of Further Education

Crawley College of Technology

Haywards Heath College

Haywards Heath Grammar School


  1. "Colleges merge to form largest college group in Sussex". Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  2. 2005 Merger
  3. "Crawley New Town: Education - British History Online". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. Haywards Heath GS
  5. History of Haywards Heath
  6. "Crawley". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. (PDF) (PDF). Crawley Borough Council Retrieved 4 December 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Haywards Heath Archived 2006-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. East Grinstead Archived 2006-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. Burgess Hill Archived 2006-10-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. "Horsham Training Cengtre". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  12. "Debt-hit college to close two campuses". 15 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2018 via
  13. "Central Sussex College looking at merger with Chichester College". Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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