" Everyday is a new day"Dawn Hartland College Central

Welcome to the College Central website. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Myself as the Acting Principal at College Central. As some of you will know I have worked at College Central as Deputy Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead for the last 2 years and am very excited about this new role. Along with staff, I am committed to providing students with a safe and supportive environment where students are encouraged to exceed their potential.

Below is an outline of the College Central provision and where this fits within the educational offer across East Sussex. 

Dawn Hartland 

Acting Principal

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.

180 Degrees

180 Degrees is a short term provision 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.

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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