The Chichester College Group (CCG) is delighted to confirm that it will be opening Haywards Heath College (Harlands Road campus) in September 2020.
The college will deliver post-16 education for the learners of Mid Sussex with a varied and quality offer covering A Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships.
This commitment is supported by the appointment of a principal for the college - Paul Riley.
Paul is the current principal of Worthing College, which joined CCG in April 2019. He will take on responsibilities as principal at both Worthing and Haywards Heath campuses and will be supported by a dedicated team at the college.
Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive of CCG, said: “We are pleased to confirm Paul’s appointment as principal at Haywards Heath College. He has a wealth of experience working in Further Education.
“We are very much looking forward to opening the new college in 2020. Paul and I have already started visiting local schools and meeting with year 10 students to discuss the high quality educational opportunities that will be available to them at the college.”
Paul added: “I am excited to be taking charge at Haywards Heath College.
“We are committed to creating a local college which will give young people access to the highest quality teaching and support as they continue their education.
“We will be offering a diverse curriculum, which will include A-level and vocational courses as well as professional courses.
“The existing site facilities are fantastic and we look forward to sharing them with the local community and welcoming students to their new college next year.”
CCG has been working closely with Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council and other local stakeholders to ensure the college meets local needs.
Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, said: “I know that local residents will be delighted to have Haywards Heath College opening in September 2020, providing post-16 students with the opportunity of studying at a local college once again.
“The District Council has worked hard with stakeholders, and with the support of Sir Nicholas Soames MP, to persuade the Government that opening new college provision in Haywards Heath is essential to meet the needs of the area, and we will continue to actively support Chichester College Group as they work towards the college’s opening.”
A number of open days for the new college will be taking place in the autumn, with dates to be announced in the coming weeks.