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PARENT CONNECT Click on the video below to watch an interview with Mike Hopkins, Principal & Chief Executive of Sussex Downs College.

In this issue... DIARY DATES 



Advice for Students Apprenticeships Exams Information


A Level Success

Exams Office,  Study Programme Agreements & Financial Support Attendance Information 

News Highlight: Results  Sport Life News Hairdressing, Beauty & Complementary Therapy  Catering & Hospitality Construction & The Built Environment

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Absences and Closures 

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SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE - OPEN FOR BUSINESS Our popular Kings Bistro & Restaurant is open for lunch and evening dinner, featuring a range of speciality events with the finest quality food and wine in intimate surroundings at the Eastbourne campus. Award winning students prepare, cook and serve guests in the restaurant as part of their training under professional supervision. It is open to the public, staff and students throughout term time. Booking is recommended.

Coffee Shop Opening

Kings Restaurant Opening

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesday & Friday Lunch is served at 12 noon

Kings Bistro Opening

Three course lunch with coffee – £12.00 per person

Open for lunch Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 11:45am (last orders 12:45pm) 2 Course Lunch – £6.00 per person

Booking required

Haircuts - £5.00 Colouring from - £20.00 Facials - £15.00 Manicures - £6.00 Body massage - £13.00 Reflexology - £10.00 and much more.

In our Floristry Studio we are pleased to be able to offer beautiful floral arrangements, wedding flowers, or just a thank you bouquet, all available to order.

Booking required

No booking required. Tables of six or more can be reserved in advance.

Choose from a wide range of services and treatments including:

Please call 030 300 39800 for more information or to book your appointment. Follow us on twitter @SDCEvolve

Themed Events Thursday evenings, £25 per person

3 Course Lunch – £8 per person

Our vibrant hairdressing and tranquil treatment rooms offer a variety of professional treatments at value for money prices.

Please see website for more information

For prices and more information please call 01323 637355.

photo prints business stationery document printing laminating finishing poster printing flyers banner graphics ncr binding reprographics Follow us on Twitter @SDCPrintDept Find us on facebook at

The Reprographics team at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne and Lewes can now offer you high quality print and design services at a highly competitive price. We are able to offer a wide range of print and finishing services, including: • • • • • •

Colour and black and white copying Business stationery, NCR forms Flyers & leaflets Large format printing Binding & laminating Wedding invitations, order of service etc.











Cost per sheet up to 999 copies (please contact us for a quote on higher quantities)

All black and white copied on 75gsm FSC approved paper. Increased paper thickness’ available up to 300gsm

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Cost per sheet up to 99 copies (please contact us for a quote on higher quantities)

All colour prints copied on 100gsm FSC approved paper. Increased paper thickness’ available up to 300gsm.

NCR available, please enquire with one of the Repro Team for further details.

We can use your own artwork or create some for you to suit your requirements (charges may apply).

Large Format Printing on 235gsm Satin

A4 - £2 A3 - £3 A2 - £4 A1 - £8 A0 - £15

Photo Prints 6” x 4” on 170gsm Gloss

8p per print minimum 20 prints per order

We offer no obligation quotes, Please feel free to give us a call or email us for further information.

Business Cards on 300gsm Silk (per card) Minimum order 100 cards applies

Eastbourne 030 300 38409 Lewes 030 300 38550 (All prices exclude VAT)


Black and White Copying

Single Sided - £4 for 100

Laminating Comb Binding

A4 - 85p

Double Sided - £6 for 100 A3 - 1.25p

A2 - 1.65

85p including clear acetate & gloss card back if required

Thermal Binding

Prices start at 85p, including clear acetate cover and back if required

Wire Binding

85p including clear cover and gloss card back

Colour Custom Bunting (waterproof and tear proof)

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From 20p per letter 210mm high



November - February NOV


Monday 14th November



Wednesday 16th November

Tuesday 15th November



Wednesday 7th December Year 1, Level 1/2/3

12th - 16th December



22nd - 30th December



Sunday 15th January (for most undergraduate applications)

Wednesday 18th January



Wednesday 25th January

Thursday 26th January


13th - 17th February




Thursday 2nd February Year 2, Level 3

Wednesday 14th December Year 1, Level 1/2/3

Tuesday 3rd January (for most students)

Thursday 12th January






TERM 4 BEGINS MOCK EXAM WEEK: A LEVEL YR1 20th - 24th February

Monday 20th February (for most students)

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100,000 young people are taking part in NCS next Summer! Sussex Downs College Students in the Eastbourne area still have time to get involved….. NCS PREPARES YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THEIR FUTURES National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed programme supported by Sussex Downs College. NCS helps young people build their confidence and gain new skills while having fun and giving back to their community – the best possible springboard for their future. Whether they’re about to apply for university, or preparing to enter the working world, signing up to NCS is one of the best decisions a teenager can make.


decisions a teenager can make.

NCS IS SUPPORTED BY SCHOOLS We carried out a study of 200 teachers, who agreed that young people who try something new during the school holidays have a more positive attitude, and are more focused than their peers when they return to college. Teachers support NCS because they recognise that the learning that takes place outside of school is just as important as the learning that takes place within the classroom. NCS could help your young person develop the skills that employers look for!

NCS TAKES PLACE IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS It all starts with 5 days experiencing the freedom of living away from home and taking part in a whole spectrum of adrenaline-fuelled activities such as rafting, climbing, zip wire and go karting. Participants get to know their new NCS family, build confidence and leadership skills and achieve things they never thought possible. After a 2 day break they’ll then have another 5 days away from home. Whether it’s budgeting for themselves, preparing a meal for their NCS friends, or taking part in media workshops, this part is all about developing skills for life. Participants will work with organisations and local business to understand the community around them, and the world of opportunity that is open to them.

NCS IMPRESSES EMPLOYERS AND IS RECOGNISED BY UCAS Over the following 2 weeks, participants will work together within their teams to design, plan and deliver their own community project that they feel passionate about. This is the time to use everything they’ve learnt to make a lasting difference in their local area through projects such as music events, community fun days, charity football tournaments – the choice is theirs. This is also their chance to demonstrate and evidence their skills and impress future employers and universities.

SECURE YOUR PLACE TODAY! 100,000 teenagers across the country are taking part in NCS next year. DON’T MISS OUT! You can call us directly for more information or to secure a place on 01233600137 visit our website;

Catch22 is delivering NCS within Kent and Eastbourne on behalf of CXK and the NCS Trust.


Advice for... HAPPY, HEALTHY, SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM RADICALISATION AND EXTREMISM You will be aware from recent items in the news that there is a new risk that threatens the safety of our children and young people. This is the risk of radicalisation by an extremist group. Extremist groups, which include right wing racist groups and ISIS inspired groups are actively trying to recruit young people online, in the community and in some cases, this has happened in schools and colleges. This is a scary message, but it has a positive side. We have the opportunity to do something about it.

At Sussex Downs College, we have trained our staff to be aware of the signs of possible radicalisation and how to protect young people from being drawn into extremism and we wanted to share these with parents and carers. Extremists seek to exploit any vulnerability young people may have. They look out for people that are; • Searching for answers to questions about identify and belonging • Driven by a need to raise their self esteem • Drawn to a group or individual who can offer identity, a social network and support • Angry about world events and feeling that they need to make a difference.

If a young person is being groomed by extremists, they might display certain types of behaviour such as; • Out of character changes in dress, behaviour and peer relationships • Secretive behaviour • Losing interest in old friends and old activities • Glorifying violence • Possessing extremist literature • Advocating racist or hate-filled messages. There are things you can do to help your child to keep safe; • Know who your child’s friends are • Be aware of your child’s on-line activity and update your own knowledge on social media • Keep talking with your child about what they watch on the TV/Internet and on the news • Encourage debate and questioning on local and world events and help your child to see different points of view • Explain that anyone who tells them to keep secrets from their family, friends or staff at college is likely to be trying to do them some harm or put them in danger. If you are concerned about your child and the risk of radicalisation and need some more advice, please contact the college’s safeguarding team at: or speak to the Safeguarding Manager on 030 300 36955.


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SAFEGUARDING - WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE E-SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN? With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate. You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and how you can help them if you find they are having difficulties online. The CEOP Safety Centre contains valuable information on how to help your child stay safe, worries that you might have and how to deal with any concerns. Parents/

SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS Safe Drive Stay Alive (SDSA) is produced by a road safety partnership including Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, local councils and emergency services. Each partner has been working for years to reduce the number of people dying and injured on the roads. The Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign is for new and pre-drivers and reaches them in an emotive and hard-hitting way, influencing behaviour and attitude on the roads. See the following link for more information:

EDUCATE AGAINST HATE We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential. Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation. Visit parents for further information.

Sessions are scheduled around tutorial times and are compulsory for first year students in the same way that their tutorial is. Students are advised to check details with their tutor in advance of the session. For more information please e-mail Sessions

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Are you currently employed as a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner? Are you looking to study part-time at Level 4? At Sussex Downs College we are offering the NEW NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. It would suit learners who are looking to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in their current role, or in preparation to take on a specialist role such as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo). For more details, or to express an interest, please contact Mandy Connor:



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ü Are you  the  first  in  your  family  to  go  to  university  ?   ü Are  you  in  care  or  have  you  been  in  care?   ü Do  you  have  a  diagnosed  disability  (including  learning)?   ü Are  you  a  young  carer?   ü Do  you  get  the  16-­‐19  bursary?   ü Were  you  on  Free  School  Meals  or  Pupil  Premium  at  secondary  school?   ü Do  you  live  in  an  area  where  not  many  people  go  to  university?   ü Are  you  a  refugee  or  asylum  seeker?   Would  you  like  the  opportunity  to  take  part  in  these  acGviGes?  

•  Free taster  days  in  a  variety  of  subject  areas.   •  Sixth  form  conferences  in  many  subject  areas.   •  Free  Summer  Schools.   •  Free  trips  to  other  universi:es.   •  Opportuni:es  to  shadow  students  at  the   University  of  Brighton.   •  One-­‐to-­‐one  help  with  personal  statements  and   interview  techniques.    

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SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE 2016 Since 2013 the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of East Sussex has increased. Those most at risk are 16-24 year olds and we are asking for your help to get our message across to this high risk group. Safe Drive Stay Alive is a hard hitting show aimed at year 12 students (year 13 where they missed it last year). The show involves staff from the Fire Service, Police, SECAMB and family members that have suffered a loss as a result of a road traffic collision. They all share their experiences from real life incidents, aided by a new film containing an incident re-enactment. The Safe Drive Stay Alive events are taking place in November at selected venues. Coaches will take our students from college to the event. Dates and times will be confirmed nearer the time. If your child would like to attend please e-mail Sue Barham (tutorial administrator). E-mail:


Apprenticeships AT SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE If a candidate wants to work in the hospitality industry for instance, they will be required to work evenings and weekends. 4. Hardworking: An employer wants to recruit the most hardworking and determined applicant there is and if the candidate has left college before the end of their course, they will want to know why.


So, what are some key employability skills that employers expect their employees to have?

As the cost of university tuition fees has continued to rise, Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular option for college leavers deciding which route they will take. Often wrongly overlooked, Apprenticeships offer a great way to break into particular industries and companies with the employer and the government covering the entirety of the course fees. Furthermore, higher level apprenticeships are being endorsed by the government and a great deal of work is going into degree level apprenticeships.

1. Time Keeping: An applicant has to be on time for their interview, and in turn arrive at work in a timely manner. It is important that candidates sit down and plan how they will get to the interview, and understand that public transport can be unreliable. If they are going to be late it is vital that they let someone know.

As many organisations start to recruit apprentices it is key to note that they select the most work ready, ambitious and skilled candidates. Applicants must hold basic employability skills which essentially are skills, attitudes and behaviours which allow them to successfully complete a job. These skills are not just attained by working, but can also be gained from being in education or being part of a club.


2. Dressing for the job: Each job will have a certain dress code, and the best way to gauge this is by visiting the workplace. At an interview the applicant will be able to understand the dress code, and make sure that they dress to the same standard as their other colleagues if they are offered the job. For an interview it is it essential to dress smartly and not wear jeans and trainers. 3. Flexibility: An apprentice has to be willing to be flexible. They will not be offered a job as the head of the company, but they will be required to complete their apprenticeship, and work their way up. This may include working unsociable hours but this will be started in the Job Description.

5. Commitment: Businesses want to have commitment from their staff, and recruit an apprentice on the basis that they will complete their qualification. They are giving someone the opportunity to gain employability skills, a qualification, and even up skill in Maths and English, so this should be viewed as a great opportunity. If the job is not something that an applicant wants to do, then they should not apply. Why are candidates unsuccessful? Here are some examples of why employers working with Sussex Downs College have decided not to recruit candidates: 1. One candidate was offered a trial day for an apprenticeship, however they missed the bus on two separate occasions. 2. Employers try to reach candidates via email or by phone, but their email addresses and contact numbers are incorrect 3. An employer described a candidate as ‘looking unkempt’. 4. Arriving for an interview in a tracksuit, chewing gum, with headphones on. 5. Turning up an hour late for an interview. 6. Saying they disliked team leaders at an organisation with team leaders. Gardners Books: A Local Supporter of Apprenticeships One company that managed to successfully recruit and bring new talent into their business is Gardners Books. Gardners is a well-known player in the book supply chain, and has been established now for over 25 years. The family-run company have continued to grow and now operate worldwide,

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BADGES GO DIGITAL! and have a warehouse located in Florida. Gardners are also one of the largest independent employers in Eastbourne and certainly offer their employees the chance to progress and succeed. In July 2016, Gardners Books held a Recruitment Day to employ an Apprentice IT Systems Engineer at their site in Eastbourne. The Result The successful applicant demonstrated his overwhelming resilience and determination to succeed. Not only did he attend the Recruitment Day, he had to complete initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT, and have an interview at Gardners Books. The successful candidate now has the opportunity to not only gain a nationally recognised qualification, but may also have the chance to work for Gardners after he has completed his apprenticeship with the organisation saying that they are looking for someone who would remain at the company for a minimum of five years. They have been lucky in the past to have a high retention rate of staff in the IT department – evidence of what a great employer they are.

A digital badge recognises skills or achievements which can be shared online. Sussex Downs College digital badges are verified by our lecturers and then added to digital CVs, LinkedIn profiles and shared across social media. We are using them to identify and reward both technical course related skills and wider transferable skills that are most in demand by employers. At SDC, the Innovation team has been working with courses and local employers to create digital badges that will help students to enter and succeed in the workplace. To achieve a badge, a learner must complete a series of tasks and upload evidence to their profile. Evidence can take the form of videos, photographs, or written work, and enables anyone viewing their completed badge to see proof of their competency.

This term the Innovation team launched the Expert Learner Framework. This recognises skills that make a student an effective learner and is comprised of a parent badge with 9 ‘child’ badges that our learners are working towards. These skills include developing independent learning skills, taking risks and developing high aspirations. The Expert Learner badge helps equip students with effective skills for learning at college and beyond. In November 2016 we will be launching our Employability Passport comprised of twenty employability skills covering communication, collaboration, critical thinking and work readiness. When we consulted with employers, they told us that these were skills that were hard for them to recognise during an interview, but that they really valued in candidates. Learners equipped with digital badges, however, are able to show employers tangible evidence of their skills, including those that have been traditionally difficult to demonstrate. To find out more please get in touch at

How the College can help you? If your son or daughter is interested in becoming an Apprentice, the best option is to take a look at the Apprenticeships that the College run by visiting our website: What is the Talent Bank? If we offer their Apprenticeship of interest, then they can be added to our Talent Bank. For further details please email: Students are initially assisted through using the Talent Bank which keeps students on record according to their hometown and which industry sector they are interested in.

BTEC Applied Science This year sees the beginning of the exciting new BTEC course in Applied Science, running in both Eastbourne and Lewes. The team have worked hard to produce a new course that runs genuinely cross college, with the team keeping in regular contact and cross marking each other’s work. The new course replaces the old BTEC Applied Science, that becomes fully live nationally, next year. The team at Sussex Downs are amongst the first colleges in the country to offer the new course in which gives a much greater depth of science than previously, meaning that students will be very well prepared for either university, or working in the science industry.

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This term many of our second year students will be completing their UCAS applications. UCAS is the application process for Higher Education courses. Our internal deadline is the 19th November 2016. We set this date to ensure we have the time to thoroughly check their application and personal statement and to ensure they have a fully personalised reference before they need to reach UCAS by 15th January 2017. If your son or daughter is intending to progress onto a higher education course in September 2017 and they are yet to register with UCAS, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. Our curriculum based Study Programme Tutors will be supporting students with their applications during this term and in addition our Learning Support team will be providing the following drop-in sessions.



Help with the online application process and Personal Statement writing support The applicant’s website; course search facility and lots of advice, plus a Stamford test to help identify suitable subjects/courses

Mondays • Lewes: 1pm -2pm, Employability Hub Room 112 • Eastbourne: 1pm -2pm, LRC Grove House Tuesdays • Lewes: 9am – 10am, Employability Hub Room 112 • Eastbourne: 4pm – 5pm, LRC Grove House Wednesdays • Lewes: 1pm - 2pm, Employability Hub Room 112 Thursdays • Lewes: 4pm -5pm, Employability Hub Room 112 • Eastbourne: 4pm-5pm, LRC Grove House Fridays • Eastbourne: 1pm – 2pm, LRC Grove House In addition, student can get help during the application process, from: Higher Education funding explained – you can apply online here for grants and loans Lots of useful advice and information about becoming a university student Higher Education and careers information HE funding explained – apply for grants and/or loans A calendar of open days each year Information on foundation degrees National Union of Students – discounts

• LEWES - Ann Longden, LC151, 030 300 39931 • EASTBOURNE - Sharon Scott, EC116, 030 300 39124 • EASTBOURNE - Rosie Blagburn, EC116, 030 300 39211


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Are you Exam Ready? 1

WHEN / WHERE DO I FOCUS BEST? Find the right place and time to work effectively.


WHAT DO I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THIS? Link your work to prior knowledge you’ve gained to help assist you.


HOW AM I GETTING ON? Look back at your work and review your progress.


WHAT ORDER SHOULD I STUDY? Manage your time by planning a study timetable.


HOW DO I STUDY BEST? Find a way to study that suits you best, for example reading, using diagrams, chunking, quizzing yourself etc.


WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? Focus on areas that you need to develop, and improve them.

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A LEVEL SUCCESS! Sussex Downs College is celebrating a


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"The vibe, the atmosphere and the support at Sussex Downs College has really contributed to getting me where I am today. The skills that I acquired over the two years I studied there were very apparent to prospective universities, and this is what has helped me to get into university to study Criminology."


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Sussex Downs College

SMASHES PREVIOUS RESULTS RECORD L-R: Lucy Bassett, Emily Crudge, Amanjot Heer, Ellen Gee, Sam Gray, Sophie Stevens

a giant achievement English Language and Literature student Sussex Downs College has the ambition to be regarded as amongst the best in the region and across the country. High quality education and training are passports to a prosperous and successful adult and working life. Whether via university and higher education or apprenticeships, young people are entitled to the best possible platform with which to enter adult life. It’s because of this that I am delighted with the College’s A Level and BTEC results this year. Sussex Downs College has exceeded national averages and almost 1,000 students are progressing to University. The College now supports some 1,300 people and employers in apprenticeships. We have students progressing into medicine, law, teaching, public services and many other vocations. Increasingly, the College is becoming an escalator to success, working to achieve the best for students and employers. We believe that every student is able to achieve beyond their ambition. With a caring environment we stretch and challenge every student to achieve more. As a College we are large enough to deliver breadth and depth across subjects and disciplines, and small enough to offer a personalised service. We have great staff who are personally committed and professionally qualified. As a father of two adult daughters, both of whom are now in professions, I know how important making the right decision is.

That’s why I can recommend Sussex Downs College to you.

Emily Crudge, 18, from Hailsham, opened her results on campus. She achieved A*s in English Literature and Law, and an A in Psychology. She said:

I am now going to study English Literature at the University of Warwick and I can’t wait. Sam Gray, 18, from Eastbourne, achieved AAB in his A Level subjects and is pursuing a career in finance at the University of Sussex. Sam Alvarez, Programme Manager for Business at Sussex Downs College, said: “We are so proud of our students.We have had fantastic results in A Level Accounting this year, with more A grades than ever before. We have students progressing to university and apprenticeships, including Ellen Gee, who has started an apprenticeship with Price & Co. Ellen is so dedicated and hardworking and will return to college in September to complete her apprenticeship.”

Mike Hopkins Principal & Chief Executive, Sussex Downs College


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Summer of sport: vocational course success A Level students weren’t the only ones celebrating outstanding results at Sussex Downs College this month. Vocational students received their BTEC results, including Sport students Nicole Allen and Jamie Bedwell (pictured aove). The pair both achieve triple D* (Distinction) grades, paving their way to a successful future. Both students celebrated achieving their grades on campus alongside A-Level students on Thursday (18th August) as Great Britain continued their medal haul at the Rio Olympics. Vocational courses are regarded equally to academic subjects at the College. Subjects are diverse and suit the individual, whether it’s a route to university or into work or an apprenticeship.


We are so proud of our students. We have had fantastic results this year! L-R Ellen Gee, Jasmine Colkett, Urjit Soni, Ryan Turner, Anisa Arjomand, Reuben Scott

leap into the future Jasmine Colkett, 18, from Eastbourne, achieved A*s in Biology and Maths and an A in Chemistry. Anisa Arjomand, 18, from Eastbourne, achieved an A* in Biology and A grades in Mathematics and Chemistry. Reuben Scott, 18, from Eastbourne, achieved AAB in his Science A Levels and has a place at University College, London. He said: “It’s a very happy day. Biology, Chemistry and Physics aren’t light subjects so I am so pleased with these results.” Ryan Turner, 18, from Eastbourne, studied Maths, Biology and Physical Education at the Eastbourne campus. He achieved A* grades in all three subjects and will study Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham this September. Urjit Soni, 18, from Eastbourne, achieved two A*s and an A in his Chemistry, Biology and Maths A Levels. He is going to study Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

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winning twins Twins Guido and Cristian Bowen, 18, from Eastbourne, studied at the Lewes campus and received identical grades, albeit in different subjects. Cristian achieved an A* in Philosophy and A grades in History and French and is going to the University of Sussex to study Philosophy and French. Guido achieved an A* in Georgraphy and A grades in Spanish and Mathematics and is going to Edinburgh to study Languages and Classics.



SPORT LIFE at Sussex Downs College

SDC Sport Life

Sport Students Coaching & Leadership Experience

How can Sussex Downs Sport benefit you?

Here at Sussex Downs College we see sport as a vocation as well as a recreational activity. With extensive facilities available and qualified specialist coaches providing sports opportunities for all. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, keep fit and healthy, trial a new sport or develop your preferred sport further. Opportunities are available for work experience in sport with current students acquiring valuable placements at local sport organisations ranging from coaching and teaching opportunities to physiotherapy and sports psychology opportunities. Leadership and coaching qualifications are also offered at the college, helping to develop key employability









Enrol onto one of our BTEC Sport or A Level courses in Sport and Exercise Science

Competitive and social opportunities that fit in around your college timetable

Learn and apply coaching and teaching knowledge to practical work experience


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Why choose Sussex Downs College?

“We aim to offer students the best opportunities for progression, be it into higher education or straight into a lasting career” Mark Watts (Sport Curriculum Leader - Eastbourne) 2016

Specific qualifications in Gym Instruction, Personal training, Sport massage therapy, physical conditioning and fitness are provided to students free of charge. (These courses can cost upward of £1000 if done independently) Students will engage in professional work placements in local gyms, activity and leisure centres and sport clubs which are tailored to the interests and potential career choice of each student. This is achievable due to our network with the Eastbourne primary school P.E. association and affiliation with local sporting clubs such as Eastbourne Borough. Our classroom environment aims to be as innovative and unique as possible - offering students the opportunity to design and deliver

sporting challenges and activities with current students this year organising a three-peaks challenge exhibition taking place in the summer. Students with an interest in coaching, or a prior background in coaching are provided with the empowering opportunity to assist and even lead college sporting academies Students can also obtain a teaching qualification upon completion of their college studies with a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Development with Qualified teaching Status at undergraduate level, meaning progression can go right through from education into a career. Sport Academies offered at SDC: Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Golf. Competing at a variety of levels from county to national level.

PAST STUDENT PROGRESSIONS Previous students from SDC have progressed onto various sporting vocations and careers with examples such as golf scholarships in america, national level rugby and hockey, sport physiotherapy, gym instruction, teaching, coaching etc. Matt greenfield (left - 2013 Alumni) Tom Bailey (right - 2015 Alumni)

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Students have been busy within their five weeks at college, working together across all levels and areas preparing and practicing towards their own Initial Subject Specific Project. All students have been enthusiastically developing new techniques and methods ready to be showcased during the colleges open events. Complementary therapy and Floristry The Complementary Therapists and Florists had a trip to Chelsea Physic Gardens to be inspired for their project on herbal displays. This links the complementary therapies’ use of aromatherapy oils extracted from herbs which provide medicinal qualities with the florists’ use of herbs in creating a healing display based on the clientele. We travelled by coach for a guided tour around the beautiful peaceful gardens in London. Students had the opportunity to ask the tour guide questions and learn about the history of herbal medicine.


Hairdressing Level 3 & Media Make up Level 2 Students travelled to London to visit the V&A Museum on Thursday 29th September. The students had an incredible bespoke private tour. The tour included the V&A’s world renowned fashion collection from the beautiful 17th-century to contemporary, cutting edge designs and haute couture. The tour guide explained the fashions through the era’s including the influences of hairdressing techniques and make up methods. All students then visited Harrods to compare the current fashions, trends and styles available today. This enrichment day gave our students opportunities to be inspired towards their own subject specific project which they show cased at the Open Event.

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Makeup Artistry Levels 2 and 3 The Harry Potter project was a success, it allowed the Level 3 students to engage with the Level 2 students and to recap and embed the make-up techniques they had learnt in the 1st year. It made them feel important and forced them to prepare information to give to their peers. They quickly learnt that not all ‘teaching’ is easy– very interesting and helpful for their own behaviour. Not all students loved the Harry Potter films but all could see that the film process is a complicated and technical world to be part of – Aspirational. They recreated a Harry Potter character based on the film Deathly Hallows which they showcased at the college open events.

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Students have been busy within their five weeks at college, where the focus has been on culture & community, studentship and the programme of study with a particular emphasis on friendships and ‘second home’ at the college. Each week we have celebrated the student’s achievements and knowledge within the curriculum. Active learners and understanding the importance of teamwork within the Catering & Hospitality Industry. Returning L3 Supervisory students led the way by preparing the restaurant areas for lunch whilst the L1 & L2 students completed their initial assessments in the kitchens linked to their summer tasks issued prior to the summer break. A ‘getting to know you’ lunch followed with Pizza on the menu linking the finished product to dough criteria within the curriculum. Orientation tasks of finding the tutors around campus and being rewarded with the tutor’s favourite sweet delight was ‘fun and made me feel safe’. Students formed friendships and soon became part of a fantastic team. Programme Study knowledge Students completed first written exams and practical assessments: L1 students completed their first vocational related practical assessment Task B1: PUREE SOUP WITH CROUTONS (2 portions) & BREAD

ROLLS 8 in total with the majority of learners achieving MERIT and written test Maintain a Safe, Hygienic working Practices with all learners passing. L2 students have been stretched and challenged and have all passed written tests for Prepare and Clear bar area, Complete Kitchen documentation, stocks and knife safety. The restaurant is now open and practical realistic working environment has commenced embedded within their curriculum. L3 students have been challenged with their new role as Supervisors and self-reflected on their performance with new and returning students, they have all passed their first Barista written test. The Pantry Entrepreneurial project has commenced where students have calculated costings, gross profits and selling prices for their menus. The competition is on to see which group can generate the best turnover….good luck L3’s. L4 students have commenced units The Contemporary Hospitality Industry, Facilities Operations and Management and Menu Planning and Product Development for and event they will be responsible for at Eastbourne Cricket Club for 400 guests with local businesses. As a team we all had fun participating in the World’s Biggest Coffee morning baking, selling and guessing how

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many decorations on the cake raising £379.85 for Macmillan research where the students goal was to raise as many hours of Macmillan nurse support which costs £25.00 and hour, a fantastic result nearly 15 hours. ‘It’s a knock out waiter challenge’ What fun the students had learning how to multitask whilst balancing glasses, a vital skill for Front of House duties. A team of 4 students were selected and are representing Sussex Downs College for the Waiters Day on the Western Lawns organised by The Grand Hotel and other participating seafront hotels. Student Advocacy for open evening across all cohorts L1’s made Christmas puddings in preparation for December events, L2’s Prepared, cooked and served 36 guests who were friends and family and L3’s welcomed prospective students and families as well as supervising the restaurant service. As the Induction term drew to an end, student attendance and punctuality had been excellent. The L3’s were responsible for their first themed event Agatha Christie meal Thursday 20th October and L1’s have commenced the Community Project providing healthy meals for those in need.




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MOTOR VEHICLE Students working on motor vehicle courses have their eyes clearly set on employment, apprenticeships and getting that first job. The induction was organised this year to allow our students to experience what employers in the motor vehicle industry have to offer and visits by representatives of national and international businesses took place. The students got to understand the range of activities on offer in their chosen industry. There were visits by servicing company: ATS, roadside services: RAC and Autoglass, manufacturers: Ford and parts manufacturer and supplier: Bosch. The outcome is that students, more than ever before have a better understanding of what is out there is the motor vehicle industry than ever before at this stage of their courses and are already better informed as to where they want to work.

CARPENTRY AND JOINERY Level 1 Carpentry and joinery students came to the end of their induction period with trials of the games they had made. Their induction challenge was to make wooden toys based on the traditional toys of their grandparents’ years; a sort of bagatelle with a twist. Some of the games that they came up with were pin-ball machines using wooden flippers, rubber bands and tortuous pathways, marble mazes that required a team of 4 to manage the marble around the obstacles and an 8ft obstacle course that required 2 people to work closely together to wend the marble around the holes to its destination. Students enjoyed developing their wood working skills in creating these products and look forward to refining them in the months to come.


During their induction period, Level 2 and 3 Site Carpentry students created an outdoor area where students can chill-out. They used a range of skills and power and hand-tools which formed part of their assessment to deck out an area outside the carpentry and joinery retail outlet, part of another ongoing entrepreneurial project undertaken by the carpenters and joiners. The work was completed to a very high standard and is used by students during their breaks.

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Please note that in order to make efficiencies Statements of Entry and Results for GCSE/GCE exams will no longer be posted home but sent to students’ College email accounts. Students are personally responsible for providing their own equipment for their exams and the Exams Office will not be able to supply equipment (calculators, etc). We provide a minimal amount of ‘spare’ equipment in each venue but this will only be available to students who have a problem with their own equipment (eg. breakages during the exam). The Exams Office will charge a standard non-attendance fee (to post-16 students) of £10 for any timetabled exam or assessment missed without supporting evidence. Students will be asked to present their Student ID card in all examinations in order to prove identity. IMPORTANT DATES Year 2 A Level Mocks – 12th - 16th December 2016

Students now have the ability to book and pay for their GCE/GCSE re-sits online. The system is now live and is accessible from the Exams Office page of the main SDC website. Alternatively students can visit the Exams Office and complete a re-sit application from.

STUDY PROGRAMME AGREEMENTS Students who are 16 – 19 years old or 19 – 25 years old with a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education Health and Care Plan are following what is known as A Study Programme, which is funded in a particular way by Central Government. In order to access this funding, one of the key pieces of evidence that the college needs to retain is a Study Programme Agreement signed by the student and their allocated Progress Tutor. This agreement, outlines the course the student is following and the number of planned learning hours this involves. These forms are now ready for signature with the Progress Tutors. Please can we ask you to encourage your son or daughter to go to their tutor before 20 November, to check the details of these forms are correct and to sign them. Thank you.

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS We have a number of financial support funds available to help students who are experiencing financial hardship with the costs of coming to college. We may be able to help with travel, books, equipment, kit, uniform, materials, childcare, in some cases tuition fees/exam fees. Some students may also be eligible for Free Meals whilst at college. If you are facing financial difficulties please contact Student Services for more information Eastbourne 030 300 39900 or Lewes 030 300 38765



ATTENDANCE INFORMATION WHY DOES ATTENDANCE MATTER? There have been numerous studies in recent years into the effects of poor attendance on achievement. Information published by the government states that of school children who miss less than 5% of lessons, 73% achieve five GCSEs at A* - C. This reduces right down to only a 35% achievement rate where children’s attendance is between 80% and 90% and just 3% of children get 5 GCSEs A* - C where their attendance is 50% or lower. It is this significant statistic which drives our attendance monitoring process. We are determined to support students to attend because we know the impact on their potential to achieve.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES AT SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE At Sussex Downs College we expect students to have an attendance record of at least 95% and are quick to chase up when the figure begins to drop. In the first instance students will receive an email to alert them that their attendance has dropped to below 95% (amber alert) or 90 (red alert) and to advise them to speak to their progress tutor about any significant issues which are impacting on them maintaining full attendance. This is followed up with a letter to parents/carers if concern continues to help open up dialogue between home and college, and then a further letter may be sent to arrange a meeting between student and progress tutor in order to set relevant and measurable targets in line with the college student concern procedures, with regular review of these targets and progression through the student concern procedure where appropriate.



can help them with this. College differs from school in the greater freedom afforded to students.

In order to monitor student attendance we look at a weekly attendance figure combined with the attendance dates for the previous 8 college weeks. Students are contacted when both criteria for concern are met.

Managing independent study time and breaks between classes is a new skill for many young people, but an important ability that will be taken forward to further study or the workplace.

For a student on a standard level 3 program, attending approx. 10 sessions per week this means:


Lessons missed in 1 week

Lessons missed in 8 weeks

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IMPROVING ATTENDANCE With such a high college expectation it is very easy for attendance records to slip with just a few missed classes. There are times where absence is unavoidable, but there are some small steps that students can take to help prevent missing classes unnecessarily which you can help encourage: Where there is control, arrange appointments outside of timetabled lesson times. Remember the time needed to travel. When late to a class, it is better to still attend than to decide to skip it entirely. A late mark will not have a negative impact on attendance like an absent mark will.

If missing classes is due to something more serious, such as a feeling of not coping with the workload, it is vitally important that you speak to your teachers or your progress tutor as soon as you can to give you the best chance of turning the situation around. They are here to help.

AUTHORISED VS UNAUTHORISED In the past schools were criticised by the government for having high levels of unauthorised absence where children missed school with no explanation. The unintended consequence was that schools got better at authorising absence, but this focus on unauthorised absence deflected attention away from the most important issue - that all absence is bad for a young person’s education. At Sussex Downs College we look at our students’ attendance as a whole. It is important that any unavoidable absence is authorised, but this is a separate issue to attendance monitoring, and even though there will be cases where we know there are good reasons for missing classes, we will still take steps if this has had a significant impact on attendance. In some rare cases the 95% expectation will not be realistic for a student, but it is important that this is addressed with tutors, teachers, students and parents in order that we can make sure appropriate measures are in place to support achievement.

Good planning of time between classes is beneficial. Students should avoid going too far from the college campus where possible. They should be using the library to complete homework or the common room or outside areas to take breaks. If they are finding it hard to manage their time, please encourage a meeting with their progress tutor who

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It is really important that any unavoidable absences are reported to the absence line so that we can record these, help inform tutors and teachers, and make sure registers are accurate, Please contact:

If the weather is poor please check the Sussex Downs College website regularly. It is your primary source for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding any College closures. We will aim to update the website from 7.00am each day.

Unless there is complete College closure, students entered for exams should attend them as planned. If a student is unable to attend their examination for any reason then they should phone the appropriate Examinations Office for advice on 030 300 39310 (Lewes) or 030 300 38220 (Eastbourne). The Exams Office will not be staffed when there is a full College closure.

Eastbourne: Tel: 01323 637417 Email: Lewes: Tel: 030 300 39808 (local rate call) Email:

Updates will also appear on the College Twitter and Facebook Sites. If the website is unavailable for any reason you should check these for the latest information (a Twitter or Facebook account is not required). In the event of snow/ice staff, students and visitors should take care on campus, for example by wearing appropriate footwear, and keeping to cleared pathways. Be aware of your surroundings and take care.

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Sussex Downs College Connect - November/December 2016  

Sussex Downs College Connect - November/December 2016

Sussex Downs College Connect - November/December 2016  

Sussex Downs College Connect - November/December 2016