Secondary School


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.

This is a particularly exciting time as we enter a new phase within the life of the academy.  I am very proud to announce that in September 2019 we became a 2-19 all-through academy and we welcomed our first Reception aged children into our brand new primary school.  As the school grows, children will eventually be able to join our Pre-School at two years of age and leave Sixth Form when they turn 18 or 19.  Children who join us become members of Hailsham Community College and will move from Pre-School, Primary and then into Secondary through seamless transition between the age phases.

At all phases 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 children learn best when they are secure and happy.

Our ‘growth mindset’ ethos fosters high aspirations for all and we want all of our pupils and 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 the academy 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, Principal

About The College

We have been a Community College since 1993 and we are committed to the principle of Life Long Learning for all our students, whatever their age. Since September 2000 we have been a Specialist College in Sports and, as a result of being identified as a High Performing Specialist School, in September 2004, we were awarded a second specialism of Business & Enterprise, an achievement of which we are particularly proud.

Our vision is as follows:

“Good to Outstanding”

Hailsham Community College aims to create a learning culture which fosters high aspirations for all. Students will have an entitlement to high quality and diverse experiences where their successes are both recognised and celebrated. Achievement and standards will exceed national benchmarks with assessment for learning driving teachers’ planning and learners’ short to long term targets. The language of progress will be a universal one that is shared and understood by the college community.

Outcomes of self-review, at all levels, will lead to celebration of strengths and drive improvement. This process will build capacity, impacting on learning throughout the college and empowering learners to actively engage in and value positive personal development.

The collaborative work of the college will promote and support the development of healthy lifestyles within the community through providing a full range of services meeting the local needs.