College History

Sussex Downs College is one of the largest further educational (FE) colleges in the country, with campuses in Eastbourne and Lewes, and Skill Centres in Newhaven, Hailsham and Uckfield.

While the Sussex Downs Alumni was launched in 2012, the college itself has a long history and counts former students from all its predecessor institutions amongst its alumni.

Sussex Downs College 2001 – present

Sussex Downs College was established in 2001 by merging Lewes Tertiary College with Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology (ECAT), and Park College later joined in 2003.

Sussex Downs College includes the Adult Learning College, Employer Training, and the International College, which is open to students from Europe and around the world.

Former students from any of these colleges can join Sussex Downs College Alumni.

Before 2001

We also welcome former students from previous incarnations of the colleges into the Sussex Downs College Alumni.

All three of the colleges that merged to make up Sussex Downs College have their own distinct history, with each college having been through a number of mergers, name changes and other transformations within living memory.

Membership of SDC Alumni is open to anyone who attended any of the following schools and colleges:

If you attended any of the above schools or colleges and would be interested in finding out about news and events at Sussex Downs College now, being involved in the life of the college, or gaining access to exclusive SDC Alumni membership benefits, then please fill in our registration form.

Alumni groups

SDC Alumni is eager to work with already existing alumni groups for former students of the predecessor schools and colleges.

We are pleased to have established close links with the Eastbourne Old Grammarians Association (EOGA), who remain active in facilitating contact between ex-students of the Eastbourne Grammar School and the college as it stands today. For more information on the Old Grammarians, please visit their website:

If you belong to another alumni group for former students of any of the previous incarnations of the college, we would love to hear from you. Please email and let us know about your alumni group.


If you’ve got any more information, stories or pictures relating to the history of Sussex Downs College and its predecessor institutions, we’d be fascinated to find out more, so please contact us on

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