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Crawley College students create a virtual reality Christmas tree

IT and Media students at Crawley College use cutting-edge technology and software to create a virtual reality Christmas tree, as part of the annual Christmas tree competition set by Principal Vicki Illingworth.



Students produced the virtual reality Christmas tree on Unity, a cross-platform game engine, with baubles featuring the students’ faces. To bring the immersive virtual reality experience to life, students exported their project to the Oculus Rift system and put on 3D headsets.

Crawley College Music students took one step further and created a Christmas tree made by sound effects and music only.

Dan Creed, Head of Learning for IT and Media, said:

“The competition was incredibly challenging and a great opportunity for the students to test virtual reality technology through the Oculus Rift. It was definitely a really fun, interactive and inspiring activity.”

Speaking to students in the IT Academy, they described the competition as “encouraging to think about projects in new and different ways.”

Liam Daley, Level 5 HND Media student, said:

“When you look at history, you can see the importance of how technology drives us forward as filmmakers.”

Crawley College continues to offer a modern and interactive learning environment, complete with an impressive range of specialist computer software and hardware courses.

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Applications for September 2019/20 are now open.


Meet the new head of Thomas Bennett Community College

After a turbulent year the school welcomes their new head teacher.



Mr Smith is extremely proud to have been appointed as the new permanent Head Teacher of Thomas Bennett Community College in Crawley. 

In particular, Mr Smith is excited to be working with both students and parents in the coming months and serving the community to provide an excellent education.

A highly experienced and inspiration leader, Mr Smith joins Thomas Bennett from Hastings, where he was the Principal for two secondary schools.

Mr Smith says

“my key philosophy has always been to do what’s best for the students, raising their aspirations and giving them the tools to be successful”.

Sharing the governing body’s visionary outlook, strong values and sense of community Mr Smith will further strengthen the schools excellence within a nurturing and student focused environment.

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