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Hailsham Community College
Battle Road, BN27 1DT, UK Hailsham
+44 (0)1323 841468

HCC Sports Hall

Hailsham Community College is situated in the market town of Hailsham, East Sussex. The college has obtained Sports College, Business and Enterprise status and academic awards: more .....

Achievement and Standards
To meet and exceed national standards, assessment for learning will drive teachers’ planning and learners’ short to long term targets. The language of progress and high achievement will be a universal one that is shared and understood by the college community.
1. To ensure that learning and teaching is graded at Ofsted good or better.
2. To attain A* PANDA grades for achievement relative to similar schools.
3. To monitor student progress and intervene when insufficient progress is being made.
4. To identify barriers to progress and ensure that area action plans address specific weaknesses.
5. To ensure lesson plans reflect the principles of Assessment for Learning.
6. To enable students to articulate their targets and the strategies they are using to meet or exceed them.
7. To ensure that student achievement data drives the subject area activity and feeds into the professional development programme.


New students joining the college will become members of several groups.

They will belong to a House:-

House House Colour House Leader
Bannister Green Mrs V Cornish
Grey-Thompson Red Miss J Embleton
Jackson Yellow Mr P Cornish
Redgrave Mauve Ms J Alexander
Torvill Blue Mr D Miller

They will belong to a mentor group within their House.

They will be part of a Year group.

They will belong to a teaching group in Key Stage 3.

Houses and mentor groups have students from all Year groups.

There are about 18 students in each mentor group looked after by a mentor.

The House leader has overall responsibility for the organisation, administration, discipline and pastoral care of all students in the House.

The Mentor has special responsibility for students in his/her mentor group and in the first instance they oversee all aspects of the students’ welfare, guidance, care, progress and achievement.

Problems should be referred initially to the mentor but of course the House Leader or Mr Matthews who has overall responsibility for students in the college can be contacted with regard to any issue of concern.

By organising our college in this way we try to ensure that every student has all aspects of his/her life at the college known and monitored. Our structure means every student is well known and cared for through the special relationship with his/her mentor and House Leader.



With a series of new courses, and a reputation for excellent guidance and increasingly good results, the Sixth Form at Hailsham Community College continues to grow. All students are welcome to apply for a place in the Sixth Form and entry is by interview only. The courses offered cater for a wide range of abilities and include AS/A2 courses as well as vocational courses such as AVCE and BTEC. The students are highly motivated, loyal, enthusiastic and very hard working. Class sizes tend to be smaller than those offered in neighbouring colleges which allows the staff to work more closely with the students and give more detailed feedback on their work. Our comprehensive guidance and counselling programme includes access to the Connexions Service.

The Sixth Form has an active student social committee that arranges parties for the students as well as trips to London and other social outings. The committee is also active in arranging the successful Old Folks’ Christmas Party, the May Ball and the Sixth Form Performing Arts Evening. There is a well established student mentor system. Year 13 students are trained as mentors and work with the Lower School, offering support and guidance to the younger years and assisting House Leaders and staff.

The success of the Sixth Form can be seen in the record numbers wanting to stay at the College in 2005, and by the achievements of those going on to Higher Education and employment.

There is a Key Stage 5 Manager, responsible for the day to day running of the Sixth Form and seven specialist Sixth Form Mentors.

An evening is held during the Autumn Term when Year 11 students from the college and other local schools are invited in with their parents to see what courses we offer and what life is like in our Sixth Form. This gives them the opportunity to talk to subject staff, pastoral staff and our current students.

Throughout January and February Year 11 students can apply for a place in the Sixth Form. This is by no means automatic; places have to be gained. All students wanting a place have to complete an application form and under go an interview with the Key Stage 5 Manager and other staff who have a current knowledge of Further Education. Places in the Sixth Form are then offered as appropriate. In February all Year 11 students take part in a Taster Day to give them an insight into Further Education at Hailsham Community College.

Selected Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to become College Prefects. Year 12 students apply for this responsibility and undergo an interview before being appointed. We have prefects working in all House groups. Two Sixth Form students head each House and the Head Boy and Girl of the college are selected from the Prefect body. Their main responsibility is to run the College Council, set up to allow the student body a voice in the running of the College. However, they also represent the College at a variety of events, speaking, giving information, answering questions etc. All Sixth Form students also have the chance to train as mentors.

Year 11 students who have been offered a place in the Sixth Form come in for one day in July, after their exams, so that basic administration tasks can be completed. A series of team-building exercises and fun activities also take place. Formal induction takes place during the first week back in September.

The Sixth Form at HCC is open to students from other schools and mature students.

A prospectus is available from the college with further information about courses and ‘Life in the Sixth Form’. Students can also contact the Head of Sixth Form,
Mr R Miller , direct.


Each subject area within the college has been allocated space on this website to provide information to both students and parents.

The information contained within these pages will give an overview of the department, list teaching staff, details of courses offered, schemes of work, homework assignments,coursework projects, details of extra-curricular activities and provide links to external subject specific resources.

Please select the subject area you wish to access from the left hand menu.

These pages will be constantly updated and your feedback is always welcome.


College Curriculum

The College courses follow the National Curriculum.

Subjects studied in Year 7 Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Information Communication Technology, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science and Social Studies including PSE and Citizenship.

Subjects studied in Year 8 Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Information Communication Technology, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science and Social Studies including PSE and Citizenship.

Subjects studied in Year 9 Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Information Communication Technology, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science and Social Studies including PSE and Citizenship.

Year 10 and 11

Compulsory Subjects - English, Mathematics, Science, Citizenship, Physical Education and Religious Education.

A choice from - Art & Design, Business Studies, Business Communication Systems, Business Studies & Business Communication Systems (Double GCSE), Child Development, Dance, Design Technology (Graphics, Materials, Food, Textiles), Drama, Geography, Geology, History, Information Technology, Modern Languages (French, German), Music, Photography, Sociology, BTEC in Health and Social Care, BTEC in Sport, BTEC in Retail.

Years 12 and 13 are offered a wide range of courses. These include GCE, AS and A2 levels, GCSE Mature, Vocational Courses, including BTEC Levels 2 and 3, Key Skills level 1, 2 and 3, Citizenship and Careers/Educational Guidance.


There is an Assessment Policy across all College departments and in all College years. Marks for both Effort and Achievement are given for homework and coursework. Short term targets will regularly be set for students and included in the written comments made by staff.


Effort Achievement

A Excellent effort 5 Excellent standard

B Good effort 4 Good standard

C Acceptable effort 3 Average standard

D More effort needed 2 Below average standard

E Serious lack of effort 1 Experiences great difficulty


Homework is an essential part of learning and responsibility for this important part of your child's education is shared between the College, you and your child. The purpose of homework is to extend, develop and build on the work undertaken during the College day. The amount and type of homework will vary according to the subject, the syllabus and the student’s age. A Year 11 GCSE student should expect to do more homework than a Year 7 student. Nevertheless it is the College policy that homework is set regularly for all students. A homework timetable and diary is included in the Planner to help the students organise this vital part of their education. When homework is set it is to be completed at the right time and handed in for marking. All students in all years should expect to do some homework each evening.


The completion of homework and coursework plays an important part in the consolidation of a student’s college based learning programme and establishes a positive work ethic.

In order to encourage a positive attitude to work completed at home, we adopt a variety of strategies from informal chats during and after the lesson and the provision of a supportive homework club in Learning Support, to the issue of the detention.

There are three layers of detention:-

1. The Classroom Teacher issues a detention of 30 minutes when a student fails to hand in


2. A departmental detention of 1 hour is held by the Subject Leader when a student fails to

complete a detention set by the Classroom Teacher. A letter will be sent home at this point.

3. Failure to attend the departmental detention results in a 1 hour college detention with the

Senior Staff, on a Friday, at the end of the
college day.

Please note that detentions at all levels begin from the time of arrival


STAGE 1 - Report

The subject teacher works with the student to try to bring about changes that will address the problems being encountered.

If this does not result in improvement the subject leader will become involved.

STAGE 2 - Report

When all strategies have been exhausted within the subject department the student will be referred to the House Leader who will work with the student to address the reasons for the failure to improve.

STAGE 3 – Report

If a student still fails to respond to all the strategies and support that has been offered the student will be referred to the inclusion team.


5 credits = Achievement Certificate

5 Subject credits = Subject Achievement Certificate

30 credits (6 certificates) = House Leader Certificate

60 credits (12 certificates) = Principal’s Certificate

100 credits (20 certificates) = Voucher

5 credits = Achievement Certificate

5 Subject credits = Subject Achievement Certificate

20 credits (4 certificates) = House Leader Certificate

40 credits (8 certificates) = Principal’s Certificate

50 credits (10 certificates) = Voucher

On leaving College at the end of Year 11 students are presented with their Progress File.

The Record of Achievement Progress File is an important document recognised by Further and Higher Education institutions and employers. It is frequently requested at interviews.

Students should assume responsibility for ensuring that the information in the Record of Achievement Progress File is a detailed, accurate record of their achievements. In the Sixth Form students will be expected to build on and add to their ROAPF.

The College possesses an enormous range of equipment including two minibuses, video-tape recorders, photocopiers, printing machines, film projectors, PC’s, Laptops, digital whiteboards, multi-media projectors and digital cameras. All the teaching rooms in the College are networked and we have a broadband connection to the internet. All students and staff have their own e-mail addresses.


HCC Specialist Sports College

Sports College Facilities

Sports CollegeAll sports facilities are available to be pre-booked at the following times:

Weekdays: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am - 9.00pm

Sunday and Public Holidays: 9.00am - 5.00pm (not including bank holidays)

As with all facilities at the school, bookings are made through the PE office. (01323 841468 ext 329)

We are committed to developing sporting opportunities for young people whilst at the same time, supporting the work of local clubs and organisations. We hope to enhance our current links so that many of the young talented sportsmen and women who attend the Community College will have direct and visible routes through which they will progress from school into a club situation. We hope that this junior development will enhance club membership and allow them to grow and flourish. Opportunities for club players to pursue coaching and officiating awards will be made available as well as support in publicising club events and activities through college newsletters.

For further details of Sports College and club liaison activities, please contact
Sophie Jackson on 01323 841468 ext 329

South Downs School Sport Partnership

What is a School Sport Partnership?

Soon after becoming a Specialist Sports College in 2000 Hailsham Community College was offered the opportunity to become a hub site for a School Sports Partnership.

We were one of the ...

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