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Central Sussex College formally merges with Chichester College



Chichester College and Central Sussex College have today (1 August 2017) formally merged to form a dynamic and ambitious new group.

The merger will create the largest college group in Sussex, providing high quality learning opportunities for around 25,000 students each year.

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As part of the merger, Central Sussex College has been renamed to reflect the group’s commitment to the local community and will now be known as Crawley College.

Shelagh Legrave OBE DL has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the group. She is joined by Kieran Stigant, who takes up his position as Chair of the corporation.

A new principal – Vicki Illingworth – has also been appointed for Crawley College. Vicki, who was previously assistant principal at Chichester College, will take up her role from today (1 August), while Andrew Green will become executive principal at Chichester College.

Shelagh Legrave said: “We are delighted to be coming together to form a dynamic group of colleges and businesses focused on championing excellence in teaching and learning.

“Our students at all of the group’s campuses will be at the heart of everything we do as we strive to ensure we are giving them the very best education and experience that we can.

“The group will also offer increased opportunities to students – as well as employers and communities in Sussex, giving them a greater access to a wide range of courses at many different levels.

“It is our aim that we will create educational institutions that follow sustainable and innovative structures, encouraging growth and investment.”

Listen to an audio interview with Shelagh Legrave:

Kieran Stigant added: “I am thrilled to be part of the new group and excited for the future, which will see increased learning opportunities for students across Sussex.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with local businesses and organisations to ensure we are able to deliver a diverse and employer led curriculum that meets their skills and workforce requirements.”

The group covers four main sites – Chichester College, Crawley College, Brinsbury (a land-based campus) and Horsham Training Centre.

It also has an extensive portfolio of successful commercial businesses which operate alongside the colleges, including a chain of childcare nurseries (First Steps Childcare), an examination board, international education and sports and conferencing facilities.

The college merger has been welcomed by local authorities including West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council, along with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “Strong technical training is at the heart of improving residents’ life-chances and helping them to access better jobs, whether it’s their first job or their last.

“This merger is another step along the road to building an economy which works for everyone.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive, added: “We welcome the merger of Chichester College and Crawley College (Central Sussex College), which will provide excellent learning opportunities to many students across the Coast to Capital region.

“The group’s commitment to an employer-led curriculum will benefit the economy by meeting local business and community needs. We look forward to continuing to work closely with colleges to meet the skills and workforce needs of the region.”

Peter Lauener, Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, said: “This merger will put Crawley College on a firm and sustainable footing, well placed to meet the needs of local learners and employers.”

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Stars of the future to perform at County Mall

The popular shopping centre have teamed up with Hospital Radio Crawley for a day of live music this weekend.



Lauren V.

Crawley’s County Mall have teamed up with Hospital Radio Crawley for a day of live music performances.

Six performers will be on stage near Debenhams on the lower mall this Saturday (1 September), performing sets on the half hour from 10.30am with the last act performing from 3.30pm.

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Raising awareness and much needed funds for Hospital Radio, County Mall are also asking spectators to vote for their favourite act of the day, and for every vote that is cast, the Centre says it will donate £1 (to a max £250) to Hospital Radio. However, everyone has a chance of being a winner, as one lucky voter will be randomly selected to win a £50 gift card and the performer with the most votes from the day will win a gift card to spend at County Mall.

Paul Stanworth.

Paul Stanworth, who’s kicking off the day, started his performing career running music sessions for adults with disabilities, and now performs full time with over 50 bookings per month.

Ellie Firmo.

Singer / songwriter Ellie Firmo, who cites Adele and Etta James in her influences said:

“Hospital Radio Crawley are a brilliant organisation who have been extremely kind and helpful to me, so anything I can do to help raise money for them is exciting. I’m also looking forward to trying out a few new songs I’ve been working on, so make sure to listen out for my originals!”

Zoe Zori.

Zoe Zori, also a singer / songwriter, takes influence from the likes of Green Day and John Mayer. She started gigging as a soloist after her singer was unable to duet with her at short notice, and the rest is history!

Other performers to look out for on the day are Rebecca Jayne, Bee Arnold and Lauren V.

Centre Manager Mark Haynes stated:

“I’m excited to help bring young talent into the Centre for such a good cause, and hope that our customers enjoy what promises to be a fun day!”

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