LETTER: Three pillars of learning

I am sure everyone in Eastbourne will wish the new A Level Centre at Sussex Downs College great success in providing for the educational needs of young people in the town and beyond. It is encouraging to see that the college is working closely with local schools including Willingdon Community School, one of the top performing schools in the county.

The new centre occupies the building formerly known as Park College which, of course, was the new name for Eastbourne Sixth Form College adopted in 1994 under the outstanding leadership of Principal Phil Frier.

Those of us who have devoted much of our careers to working in sixth form colleges are keenly aware that a successful post-16 college needs to be based on three strong pillars of educational provision. Firstly there needs to be a rich menu of exciting qualifications taught by properly remunerated, well-qualified teachers assisted by valued support staff. Secondly there must be sensitive and responsive individual tutorial support that creates a caring and supportive environment and thirdly students need to be able to enjoy meaningful and enjoyable enrichment activities.

If the new centre can build on those essential foundations it will surely flourish.

Mike Dixon

(Head of Park College

2003-2009)

Gore Park Road

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