Sussex Downs College
|Sussex Downs College|
Sussex Downs College
Headquarters: Cross Levels Way|
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF
|Motto||"Putting Students First"|
|Enrolment||5,000 full time; 10,000 part time|
|Campus||Eastbourne, Lewes, Newhaven|
|School colour(s)||Blue shades|
|Athletics||Football, tennis, track & field|
Sussex Downs College is the largest further education college in East Sussex, providing education and training from foundation to degree level. The college educates almost half of the county's young people and over 8,000 adults each year at campuses in Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven, and in the workplace. It remained an independent college until March 2018 where it merged with Sussex Coast College to form East Sussex College Group (ESCG).
Sussex Downs College is the principal provider of work based further education and apprenticeships in these areas.
The college was established in 2001 through a merger of Lewes Tertiary College and Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology, with Park Sixth Form College added in 2003. In 2017 the college announced they were planning to merge with Sussex Coast College. Which on April 18 2018, was announced to have been completed and merged.
Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne
Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF
Sussex Downs College, Lewes
1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XH
Sussex Downs College, Newhaven
Training Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven, BN9 9BN
Sussex Downs College offers a wide range of programmes for overseas students, with learners undertaking anything from one week courses to three years of academic study in preparation for progression to UK universities.
4,500 full-time students under the age of 19. 10,000+ adult learners.
The College has 1,200 staff.
In the most recent Ofsted inspection (2017), Sussex Downs College was rated 'Requires Improvement'.
This rate from Ofsted is the same as their previous inspection where the College was rated 'Requires Improvement'. Four key areas were identified as needing to improve: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; outcomes for learners; and the 16-19 study programmes. Teaching and Learning were heavily criticised and in particular students of GCSE Maths & English do not make adequate progress.
The College is a founding member of the Collab Group of high-performing further-education institutions.
The College was a founder member of The National Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills.
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