Ofsted Outstanding

We’re delighted that Ofsted Inspectors recently identified many strengths at Central Sussex College in addition to the outstanding areas of Child Care, Art, Photography, Design, Dance, Music, Technical Theatre and Performing Arts.

These strengths, coupled with our state-of-the-art Sixth Form campus in Haywards Heath and our excellent facilities at other campuses, were confirmed in our own survey of students when 95% rated teaching as good or outstanding, and 96% said they would recommend the College to their friends.

What Inspectors said:

  • Highly motivated staff determined to work in the best interests of learners
  • Good advice and guidance and particularly good support for progression to employment and higher education
  • Learners make good progress in improving their economic and social well-being
  • Strong ethos of care for learners
  • Good assessment of learners’ work by teachers
  • Very good college accommodation, providing outstanding teaching facilities for learners
  • Very productive working relationships with the wider local community, schools and employers

Early Years

  • Success rates are very high. Learners make very good progress and develop good vocational skills
  • Support for learners is good and highly valued by them
  • The work placement programme is highly effectively managed and supports the development of good practical childcare skills

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Outcomes are outstanding and reflect the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • The outstanding teaching promotes a culture of high expectations
  • Art and Design studios, music suites, rehearsal rooms and the professional theatre are outstanding and used to develop high standards of work


  • Teaching and Learning in practical sessions are good. Learners demonstrate high levels of confidence and communication skills
  • Learners achieve good standards and skills in their practical work
  • Teachers help learners to improve further through ambitious, detailed targets

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