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Crawley College celebrate engineering brilliance during anniversary exhibition

The innovative work of engineering students took centre stage at Crawley College last week.



Engineering Higher Education students, their tutors and support staff and judges.

More than 50 students showcased their talent and hard work at the 10th annual Higher National Engineering Project Exhibition, which was held at the college on Thursday 16 May.

The event is the culmination of the college’s higher education course, and provides an opportunity for visitors to see how the students have found innovative ways of improving engineering performance in their chosen field of study.

This year, there were 51 individual and group projects were on display, covering a broad spectrum of aeronautical, electrical, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. Many of the projects stem from the close relationships that have been developed with employers.

HND student Liam Alexander said: 

“I chose to do an HND at Crawley College because I wanted a more practical education in electrical engineering. I had done an apprenticeship, and an HND seemed like the natural next step, rather than university. I’m studying part-time, while working, and my company sponsors me.”

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, added:

“This is a fantastic celebration of the achievements of our talented engineering students.

“It also is a demonstration of the collaborative relationship between the college and industry, as we welcome the employers and sponsors who support our students throughout the year.

“We are always very proud to see how far our students have come, and the amount of skill and knowledge they have developed while studying here at Crawley.”

The college also welcomed Visiting Professor John Bishop, from the University of Portsmouth, to the exhibition, who also acted as one of the judges and presented certificates.

Crawley College is home to the Advanced Technology Centre, a specialised facility where engineers can study using cutting edge resources which have been developed in partnership with local employers.

For more information about studying engineering at Crawley College, please visit


Now’s the time to apply to for your child’s secondary school place in Crawley

Families with children due to start secondary school in September 2020 can now apply for places online.



Applications will be open until Thursday 31 October 2019.

Parents should apply for their child’s secondary school place by the deadline. Applying after the deadline will seriously affect the chances of your child being offered one of your preferred schools.

The quickest and easiest way to get information and apply is online: but those unable to apply online can request a form by calling 03330 142903.

The secondary school application online process is quick and simple, and an automatic email will acknowledge that the application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries.

Tips to remember when applying for secondary school applications: 

  • Parents are encouraged to apply for up to three schools and must list them in order of preference.
  • A child is not guaranteed a place at a school just because they are in the catchment area. Parents will need to select the catchment school as part of their application for it to be considered.
  • Those who miss the deadline for applications must still submit an application form, as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:

“This is an important step for children and their families, and we want to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. I would encourage all parents to submit their applications on time to give us the best opportunity to meet your preferences for your children. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Team.”

Primary or junior school applications

Applications for children due to start primary or junior school in September 2020 open on Monday 7 October and close on Wednesday 15 January 2020, more details to follow.

West Sussex County Council staff are available to advise parents on the admissions process. Parents can telephone 03330 142903 or email the Admissions Team North at or the Admissions Team South at  

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