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Paul murphy ccA warm welcome to College Central.

College Central provides statutory day 6 provision following permanent exclusion and dual registered provision for pupils are at risk of exclusion, with the intention of reintegrating into mainstream settings following a period of intervention with us.

Last summer a review of the school began and we are actively planning for exciting changes which we will start to pilot from September 2022. We are working closely with colleagues from East Sussex County Council and look forward to sharing our plans and changes in due course.

The purpose of College Central is to identify and address underlying causes of difficult behaviours, enable re-engagement and support pupils to develop strategies for regulation, pro-social behaviours and resilience. The intention is for all pupils to move towards progression into mainstream settings, supported through relationship based therapeutic interventions. Four core principles underpin our work:


We work in partnership with pupils, parents/carers, referring schools and external services to co-produce plans for pupils


We personalise our provision, interventions and approaches to meet the individual needs of pupils


Our therapeutic approaches are built on strong relationships between staff and pupils. We aim to support pupils to learn how to regulate themselves independently


Our curriculum, interventions and are focussed to supporting pupils to move towards mainstream settings with increased confidence, regulation strategies and aspiration


College Central has two main secondary sites based in Eastbourne and Hastings. There are also two small Primary units (called Flexible Learning Provision or ‘FLP’) based within Cuckmere House school in Seaford and New Horizons in Hastings.

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College Central Eastbourne Site

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College Central Hastings Site

Shelley Mathias is Head of College Central Eastbourne site and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the School. Dawn Hartland is Head of College Central Hastings site and Deputy DSL for the school. Our committed staff team is dedicated to working with pupils and their parents and carers.

I look forward to working with you all to develop the College Central offer and improve the life chances and opportunities of children and young people in East Sussex.

Paul Murphy, Executive Leader


What is College Central?

College Central is the Pupil Referral Unit or PRU for East Sussex, we offer full-time educational opportunities for students who are at risk of permanent exclusion or have been permanently excluded, and re-engagement with learning is our approach.

Through a strong curriculum, skilled staff and positive relationships between staff and students we build an environment for learning, and an enjoyment of learning. Through our multiple sites, and differing pathways we are committed to students making strong progress and positive outcomes. As a result our exam results are consistently above national averages for similar provision.

Despite many of our students exhibiting challenging behaviours (hence their referral to us) College Central is a positive place that allows students the environment to learn, enjoy education and work collaboratively. Our 2018 OFSTED inspection said that "The strong, positive relationships between pupils & staff can clearly be seen.  Pupils are engaged in lessons, try hard & take pride in their work" and we at College Central strive for this continually.

Beyond the moral purpose and vision that drives College Central, the physical organisation of the school is designed to meet the needs of 28 separate schools across the entirety of East Sussex. As a result College Central is a complex combination of multiple sites.


College Central Eastbourne

Our main site, situated in Hampden Park, Eastbourne offers provision to 16 KS3 and 20 KS4 students. The site is a former infants school building and has 4 multi-use classrooms, a science lab, Art room and food technology space. It serves students from schools in Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes/Western Coastal areas.

College Central Hastings

This site is co-located with our sister SEMH school New Horizons in St Leonards-on-Sea. This site offers provision to 16 KS3 students. The site has historically been used as a residential site and special school. There are three multi-use classrooms and a small food technology space. It serves students from Hastings & Wealden areas.

Primary FLP

These are located within our sister SEMH schools Cuckmere House (based in Seaford) and New Horizons (based in St Leonards) and offer 32 places for KS1 and KS2 Students.


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