Bexhill College

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Bexhill College
Bexhill College - - 1463363.jpg
Penland Road

East Sussex
TN40 2JG

United Kingdom
TypeSixth form college
PrincipalKaren Hucker
Age16 to 19
Enrolmentc.2000 students[1]

Bexhill College is a sixth form college in the south-east of England. The college is based in Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex and is located on Penland Road, north-east of the town centre. As of 2015, the college was rated Good in its OFSTED report.[2]


Bexhill College is the direct successor of the County Schools for Boys and Girls, opened on 5 October 1926. In 1945 following the Education Act, the schools became Grammar Schools. The Boys' and Girls' County Grammar Schools merged on 26 September 1970 and became a sixth form college in 1977.[3]

General information[edit]

As of 2018, the college enrolls nearly 2000 students with the majority of the day students aged 16–19.[4] The college is located all on one site, with a wide range of facilities catering for the 80 plus courses available.

The College also runs an adult learning centre, offering recreational evening and daytime classes as well as a range of qualification courses.[5]

The College is co-located with post-16 students of Glyne Gap School. The Glyne Gap students have been given their own open-air space within the College grounds.


Bexhill College has a variety of facilities, all located on its 5.6-hectare site.

  • Izzard Theatre was opened in December 2013 by Eddie Izzard.[6] It is a 200-seater space, with retractable seating. The theatre is used for multiple events such as shows performed by students to assemblies and political hustings.
  • Sports facilities consist of a 3G all weather pitch, 2 dance studios, an indoor multisport hall, a climbing wall, 3 tennis courts, a large grass training area and a modern gym.
  • Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
  • Hair training salon
  • Catering kitchen
  • Recording studio
  • Music and music technology suites
  • Fully equipped TV studio / editing suite
  • Drama Studio
  • Refectory
  • Science Laboratories

Current student life[edit]

Students who attend the College are from Bexhill and the surrounding areas of Rother, Hastings and Eastbourne. Full-time students study a wide range of courses including vocational ones, GCSEs and A Level qualifications.


The College’s enrichment programme gives students the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities throughout the year.[7]

The college also offers a sport academy programme, which means students represent their College in competitions or games, alongside their studies. The sports available are: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football (the academy is in association with Chelsea FC foundation), Golf, Netball, Performing arts, Rugby, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.

There is also a Performing Arts Academy in which the students can develop their full potential in singing, dancing, acting and performing.

International students[edit]

International students have a choice of accommodation, which include Bexhill College’s own student houses or living with a Host Family.[4]

Adult education[edit]

Despite being primarily for 16-19 year olds, Bexhill College offers adult education classes. These are ran through the day and as evening classes. The College offers professionals qualifications such as certificates, diplomas and GCSEs, as well as a wide range of recreational courses.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Bexhill 6th Form College - A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas and International Baccalaureate, 6th Form for Students in Hastings, Eastbourne, Battle and Bexhill".
  2. ^ College, Bexhill. "Bexhill 6th Form College - A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas and International Baccalaureate, 6th Form for Students in Hastings, Eastbourne, Battle and Bexhill". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ Archives, The National. "The Discovery Service". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Bexhill International 6th Form College". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ College, Bexhill. "Part Time and Evening Courses in Hastings, Battle, Eastbourne and Bexhill". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Comedian opens theatre in hometown". BBC News. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ College, Bexhill. "Enrichment & Advanced Extension: Bexhill College A Level Courses and BTEC courses in Hastings". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Godfrey Argent". 19 June 2006. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Jo Brand: 'I'd like to be a national disgrace'". The Independent. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Professor Gordon Hillman obituary". The Times. 15 August 2018. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. ^ Blues unlimited : essential interviews from the original blues magazine. Russell, Tony, 1946-, Camarigg, Mark,, Rowe, Mike,, Greensmith, Bill, 1949-. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press. 2015. ISBN 9780252097508. OCLC 922018263.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Macca's prodigal son: Why James McCartney is stepping into the". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Woman's Hour Power List, Woman's Hour - Stella McCartney - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  14. ^ Hayley., Okines, (2015). Hayley Okines - A Life to Celebrate. Cleis Press Start. ISBN 1632280493. OCLC 945038324.
  15. ^ "Former Bexhill College student's top role in BBC's Doctor Who". Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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Coordinates: 50°50′50″N 0°29′28″E / 50.84722°N 0.49111°E / 50.84722; 0.49111