20 May 2021

College unveils exciting new strategic plans in virtual consultation

Artist's impression of Eastbourne Atrium

East Sussex College reveals its eagerly anticipated, multi-million-pound vision for the future in a virtual consultation on the college’s new three-year strategic plan.

The college is using an innovative Virtual Town Hall space to launch the consultation, sharing its three-year vision and strategic intentions with the communities that they serve.

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Rebecca Conroy, Principal and CEO, says: “We are extremely proud and really excited to unveil the new strategic plan for our college group. This is a big moment for us; the plan has been developed with campus specialisms and the student experience at its core. We want our learning and skills offer to be what the communities of East Sussex need and deserve. The reallocation of space, and a close look at the course offer at each campus, will allow us to strengthen our position as a leading provider of education in East Sussex."

Visitors to the Virtual Town Hall can explore the overall aim of the college and learn more about proposed specialisms at each campus, through interactive displays and videos. The college will develop these specialisms to ensure the curriculum offer better meets the needs of the local community and provides the skills needs, required by employers, both on a local and national level.

Artist's impression of the proposed development work in Eastbourne.
Artist's impression of the proposed development work in Eastbourne.

East Sussex College already has distinct and unique campuses in Lewes, Newhaven, Eastbourne and Hastings. This new strategy outlines the college's ambitious strategic intentions for the next phase of its journey and welcomes comments and feedback from students, parents/carers, employers, strategic partners, and local community leaders.

The ambitious estate plans for each campus also feature for review. The college has received £1.82m from the government this year to make these exciting developments possible, with further stages due for completion by 2023/24, if the college is successful with a £20m investment package submitted to government.

Artist's impression of the proposed development work in Lewes.
Artist's impression of the proposed development work in Lewes.

Plans include new buildings in Lewes and Eastbourne and a proposed new site in Newhaven, providing outstanding new facilities. The investment will also see the redevelopment of ESC’s existing sites in Hastings, which already include state-of-the-art campuses at Station Plaza and Ore Valley which were completed in 2011.