Welcome from the Principal

On behalf of the students, staff and governors at Hailsham Community College Academy Trust, I would like to welcome you to our website.  We invite you to browse these pages and learn more about our vibrant, high achieving and aspirational learning community.

I am driven to lead the College in striving for excellence in everything we do.   Our motto, ‘Be the very best you can be!’ is very simple but encapsulates everything I believe in for students and staff alike.

Hailsham Community College Academy Trust became a converter academy in 2012.  Converter academies are successful schools that have chosen to convert in order to benefit from the increased autonomy academy status brings. 

You will find us to be a busy, cheerful community based on friendly relationships; the atmosphere is positive and full of purpose and endeavour.  Our focus is on learning; we take pride in nurturing and supporting the personal, social and academic development of each individual.  We know that students learn best when they are secure and happy.

Our ‘growth mindset’ ethos fosters high aspirations for all and we want all of our students to develop a curiosity and an appetite for learning.  To complement the curriculum, we offer a huge array of enrichment activities that range from after-college clubs to inter-school competitions and overseas visits.  We aim to offer something for everyone and encourage all students to get involved.

Our excellent relationship with parents/carers is at the heart of all we do, and we firmly believe that effective communication between home and college is the key to success.  We welcome the opportunity to show visitors around, so please do get in touch if you would like to know more about life at Hailsham Community College.  I hope to meet you soon.

Phil Matthews

Phil Matthews photo 2015


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Latest News

Coffee and Chat - 19 June 2017
Coffee and ChatAre you a parent of a young person in KS3/KS4 with ASD/Social Communication Difficulties? Join us for an informal information sharing session on Monday 19th June 2017 and gain advice an...... Read More
Hailsham Community College Ski Visit 2019
February Half Term 2019 will again see students from Hailsham visit the snow covered slopes of Andorra. Skiing the Vallnord area over a period of five days and 25 hours tuition, those on the visit wil...... Read More
Letter from Ofsted
I am delighted to be able to inform you that following the recent Ofsted inspection of our College, the formal judgement has been made that we not only continue to be a ‘good’ school but the Inspector...... Read More
School Funding
You may be aware of the campaign that Headteachers in other counties, such as West Sussex have launched, in order to protest at the lack of school funding and the effect on our children and young peop...... Read More
Year 11 Present 'Just The Beat'.
E-Safety: A Guide for Parents/Carers 5.00 – 6.00pm, Monday 27 February in the Main Hall
On Monday 27 February, we will be holding our annual E-Safety Day when we share important new information with students about how to stay safe whilst making the most of modeOn Monday 27 February, we w...... Read More
Firefly update
We are pleased to offer you access to the College's Parent Portal called FIREFLY. Please click here for full information.... Read More

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