Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College

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Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College
205 Dyke Road

East Sussex

Coordinates50°50′05″N 0°09′04″W / 50.834725°N 0.151178°W / 50.834725; -0.151178Coordinates: 50°50′05″N 0°09′04″W / 50.834725°N 0.151178°W / 50.834725; -0.151178
TypeSixth form college
Department for Education URN130669 Tables
PrincipalWilliam Baldwin
Age16 to 19
Enrolmentc. 2800 students

Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, usually abbreviated to BHASVIC (pronounced "Baz-vic"), is a college in Brighton & Hove, England for 16- to 19-year-old students. The college is in the Prestonville area of the city. It is situated at the corner of Dyke Road (A2010) and the Old Shoreham Road (A270), a major road junction in the north-west of the city of Brighton & Hove in Seven Dials.


Main entrance of Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College

The college has its origins in the Brighton Proprietary Grammar and Commercial School, founded in July 1859 at Lancaster House, Grand Parade. The school continued as the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School. It opened on its present site in 1913. During the First World War, the building was requisitioned by the War Office to create the 2nd Eastern General Hospital, a facility for the Royal Army Medical Corps to treat military casualties.[1] A large library was added to the building in 1935.[2] The grammar school was abolished in 1975 and replaced by the current sixth form college.[3]

Funding and governance[edit]

BHASVIC and other sixth form colleges in England were transferred under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 out of local government control and established as independent FE Corporations. On 1 April 2010, under the Apprentices, Schools, Children and Learning Act 2009, the college was designated as a sixth form college. Over 90% of the college's funds come from the EFA (Education Funding Agency). Corporation Members (governors) are individuals from business, the local community, staff, students and parents. The principal of the college is an ex-officio member of the corporation.[4]

In April 2017, governors decided against seeking academy status.[5]


Playing fields

There are approximately 2,800 students in college, most of whom take Advanced level courses. The remaining students are enrolled in variety of courses, predominantly Vocational Intermediate level or GCSE programmes. Approximately 60% of students are from Brighton and Hove, and up to 40 students come from outside the United Kingdom.[6]

OFSTED published a report on its assessment of BHASVIC in November 2012, and BHASVIC was the first college in the country to be awarded a grade 1 Outstanding by OFSTED under the new inspection framework.[7]

The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship[edit]

The college has a good record of students attaining places on the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The college achieved its first student in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008 and in 2009 had 2 more successful applicants.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College[edit]

As Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Carder, Timothy (1990). The Encyclopaedia of Brighton. Lewes: East Sussex County Council. ISBN 978-0-86147-315-1.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World War I". QNI Heritage. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  2. ^ "BHASVIC Sixth Form College: Origins of the school", retrieved 20 March 2008
  3. ^ "Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, Brighton". National Archives. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Brighton governors rule out seeking academy status for college". Brighton and Hove News. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  6. ^ "BHASVIC: An Introduction To The College", retrieved 18 March 2008 Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ OFSTED. "Inspection report 2012".
  8. ^ British Council website "Fellows" Archived 12 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine accessed 10 November 2009.

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