Sussex Downs College
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|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.
Sussex Downs College is the principle 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.
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
Students can also study at the Sports Academy, Performing Arts Academy and East Sussex Music Academy 
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 2014 the College achieved an overall A-Level pass rate of 97% with almost three quarters of students achieving higher grades of A-C.
An outstanding 55 subject areas achieved 100% pass rates.
In the most recent Ofsted inspection (2015), Sussex Downs College was rated 'Requires Improvement'.
This rate from Ofsted was lower than their previous inspection where the College was rated 'Good'. 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.
For the most recent reports please click on the ofsted link.
Beacon status from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.
Artsmark Gold for its creative and performance arts education from Arts Council England.
Awarded the Matrix Standard for advice and support services.
The College was a founder member of The National Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills.
Member of English UK national association of accredited language centres.
Achieved Investor in Careers status.
Assessed under QAA UK Quality Assured scheme.
Action for Inclusion working together to develop and improve education for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in the FE sector.
- Sarah Gordy (actor; work includes Upstairs, Downstairs)
- Stuart Pearson Wright artist.
- Tom Crofton Green musician
- "News, Sussex Downs College". http://www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/news/sussex-downs-college-a-level-results-go-airbourne/. External link in
- "Collab Group". Retrieved 12 December 2016.