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Principal  Sarah Wright
Phone  +44 845 155 0043
Staff  900
DfE number  ???/8603
Founded  1958
Central Sussex College
Established  1958 (merger from 1 August 2005)
Type  Further education college
Location  College Road Crawley West Sussex RH10 1NR England
Local authority  South-East England LSC (although in West Sussex LEA)
Address  Crawley Campus, College Rd, Crawley RH10 1NR, UK
Similar  Northbrook College, City College Brighton, Sussex Downs College, Chichester College, University of Sussex

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Central Sussex College is a college of further education in West Sussex. It has campuses across West Sussex and offers courses ranging from Sixth form and Adult education to undergraduate courses through partnerships with universities.


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Central Sussex College was formed in August 2005 from a merger of Crawley College and Haywards Heath College.

Crawley College

Crawley College of Further Education was opened in 1958 by West Sussex County Council at the campus in Crawley town centre. The college offered many technical courses, particularly in engineering fields, and was later known as Crawley College of Technology from 1977 until 1989.

Haywards Heath College

Haywards Heath Grammar School opened on 9 September 1958, being run by East Sussex Education Committee with 800 boys and girls. It became a sixth form college. Haywards Heath College was established in 1980 and offered mainly courses for 16- to 18-year-old students following on from compulsory education.


The college has five campuses across the county, offering a variety of services at each, and a commercial training centre in Horsham, Horsham Training Centre. The main headquarters in Crawley are opposite the police station on the A2004.

  • The Crawley campus at College Road, Crawley, offers a variety of technical and professional courses, including engineering, hair and beauty services, food, information technology and construction. It is the largest of the campuses as well as being the centre through which undergraduate courses are undertaken in partnership with the University of Chichester and the University of Sussex.
  • The Haywards Heath campus at Harlands Road in the west of the town, north of Dolphin Leisure Centre. It offers mainly post-compulsory courses such as Advanced level courses and BTECs. The campus attracts mainly students in the 16-18 age bracket.
  • There are two campuses in East Grinstead at Queensmere House in the town centre offering many adult education and IT-based courses, as well as a beauty salon, and at the Birches Industrial Estate where there is a vocational centre working in partnership with the local secondary schools.
  • The final campus at the Victoria Business Centre in Burgess Hill provides vocational training in brickwork, plumbing, electrical installation, welding and motor vehicle engineering.
  • Horsham Training Centre in Hurst Road, Horsham, is a professional training centre for adults offering one day and short courses including IT, leadership and management, health and safety and business skills.
  • Enterprise

    The college has trainee hairdressing, beauty salons, and a restaurant open to the public. These allow students to train with real customers.

    Intuition is the brand name for the college's trainee hairdressing and beauty salons at Crawley and East Grinstead.

    Le Cordon Vert is a restaurant based at the Crawley campus.

    Notable alumni

  • Harry Cowell, record producer
  • Crawley College of Further Education

  • Liz Byrski, journalist
  • Crawley College of Technology

  • Michael Dempsey, bass guitarist of The Cure from 1977-9
  • Laura Moffatt, Labour MP from 1997-2010 for Crawley
  • Haywards Heath College

  • Brett Anderson and Mat Osman of the band Suede
  • Mathew Bose, actor
  • Haywards Heath Grammar School

  • Tim Godwin OBE, Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis since 2009
  • Anne Milton, Conservative MP for Guildford since 2005
  • Philip Payton, Professor of Cornish and Australian Studies at the University of Exeter
  • Greta Scacchi (briefly), actress
  • References

    Central Sussex College Wikipedia

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