Central Sussex College

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Central Sussex College
Established 1958 (merger from 1 August 2005)
Type Further education college
Principal Sarah Wright
Location College Road
West Sussex
RH10 1NR
England England
Coordinates: 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 number ???/8603
DfE URN 129383 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 900+ teaching staff
Students 3,000 (full-time), 15,000 (part-time)
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website Central Sussex College

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


Central Sussex College was formed in August 2005 from a merger of Crawley College and Haywards Heath College.[1]

Crawley College[edit]

Crawley College of Further Education was opened in 1958 [2] by West Sussex County Council at the campus in Crawley town centre. The college offered many technical courses, particularly in engineering fields, and was later known as Crawley College of Technology from 1977 until 1989.

Haywards Heath College[edit]

Haywards Heath Grammar School opened on 9 September 1958,[3] 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.[4]


The main building at the Crawley campus.

The college has five campuses across the county, offering a variety of services at each, and a commercial training centre in Horsham, Horsham Training Centre. The main headquarters in Crawley are opposite the police station on the A2004.

  • The Crawley campus at College Road, Crawley, offers a variety of technical and professional courses, including engineering, hair and beauty services, food, information technology and construction. It is the largest of the campuses [5] as well as being the centre through which undergraduate courses are undertaken in partnership with the University of Chichester and the University of Sussex.
  • The Haywards Heath campus at Harlands Road in the west of the town, north of Dolphin Leisure Centre. It offers mainly post-compulsory courses such as Advanced level courses and BTECs. The campus attracts mainly students in the 16-18 age bracket.[6]
  • There are 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 is a vocational centre working in partnership with the local secondary schools.[7]
  • The final campus at the Victoria Business Centre in Burgess Hill provides vocational training in brickwork, plumbing, electrical installation, welding and motor vehicle engineering.[8]
  • Horsham Training Centre in Hurst Road, Horsham, is a professional training centre for adults offering one day and short courses including IT, leadership and management, health and safety and business skills.[9]


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 and East Grinstead.[10]

Le Cordon Vert is a restaurant based at the Crawley campus.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Crawley College of Further Education[edit]

Crawley College of Technology[edit]

Haywards Heath College[edit]

Haywards Heath Grammar School[edit]

View from the police station


External links[edit]

Official website