"Learning at the Centre of Everything" it's written at the heart of our logo, and is at the heart of what we do."
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. In 2015-6 our GCSE results were comparable with the top PRU's nationally and our APS was more than 2 ½ times the national average.
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 make positive relationships. Our 2011 OFSTED inspection said that "Students talk positively about how well they are doing, the support they get and that they enjoy learning" and we at College Central strive for this continually.
“What is College Central?"
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 Hampden Park
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 Tile Barn
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.
The Harbour is located within the College Central Tile Barn site, and offers provision to 8 KS3 & KS4 anxious students. These are not part of the wider College Central groups.
College Central Victoria Hall
Based within a converted church building in Bexhill, it offers provision to 20 KS4 students. The site has three multi-use classroom spaces. It serves students from schools in Hastings & Wealden areas.
180 Degrees is a short term provision based at a site in Bexhill, students access 180 for term long 4 day programmes designed to boost engagement through OAA activities, and outside learning. It serves students from across East Sussex.
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.