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Crawley College student hand carves sign for local landmark

A historic site in Crawley has welcomed the arrival of a beautiful new sign – hand carved by a talented Crawley College student.



Ben David and Zuzana Peppett

The beautifully carved oak sign – commissioned by the Crawley Museum Society and produced by Ben David – will go on display at the Ifield Water Mill.

Ben, who is studying joinery at the college, spent two days working on the sign to ensure it was produced to a professional standard.

Trevor Francis, lecturer in carpentry & joinery, was impressed with how quickly Ben picked up the art of hand carving.

He said:
“Ben has produced a fantastic piece of work at his first attempt of hand carving lettering.

“He practiced on some pine and did so well that I quickly let him start on oak, which is harder. After less than three letters, I gave him the piece of oak for the sign. He then set all the lettering out and started carving.

“It has taken him about two days to complete and finish, with inserting holes for the fixings and then applying a preservative oil to help protect the timber from the elements.

“I have to say the quality of his work on this job was easily of a commercial standard. He should be really proud.”

The Crawley Museum Society, a local charity which runs two historic venues for Crawley Borough Council – Crawley Museum at ‘The Tree’ and Ifield Watermill in Rusper Road.

Visitors can observe the operational machinery and learn all about the history of the mill and the simple mechanical devices used to make work in the Mill easier.

Zuzana Peppett, treasurer of the Crawley Museum Society, said:
“Ben’s work and the connection with Crawley College will be commemorated within the exhibition and the society is keen to build a further relationship with the college.

“Ben’s sign will now be installed on the historic mill building.”


Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week



West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

More information is available on our BacktoSchool webpages

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