Learner Views Survey

Help Aspire Sussex to provide you with a better learning experience by taking the Ofsted Learner Survey today.
In order to allow us to further improve our services we would like to invite you to take part in a short survey regarding your learning experiences with us.
To access the survey please follow this link and on the home page you will need to select the ‘Give us your views’ icon and register.
Once registered you will be asked to provide the URN or name of the provider, these are as follows:
• URN – 50208
• Name – West Sussex County Council
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, your views are extremely important to us and will help us to provide the best possible service.

Enrolment Days

Are you unsure which course is for you? Need some further advice before you commit?

We’re pleased to announce that we will be having Enrolment Days next week at each of our centres. These are the perfect opportunities to pop in, speak to our Student Services staff and ask any burning questions that you might have. Each course has further detailed information available (such as what to take to your first session, etc.), venue maps and information on concessions.

Bognor Regis

Wednesday, 23rd August

Burgess Hill

Wednesday, 23rd August

Crawley

Tuesday, 22nd August

Horsham

Wednesday, 23rd August

For more information on our centres, where to find us, and how to get in touch, please visit our Contact page.

Arts Fortnight 2017

Between 15th and 29th July, we will be running a series of Arts courses to encourage, develop and inspire your creativity. All of our courses on this page are suitable for beginners and assume no prior knowledge or learning whatsoever.

  • Course Code: C0978CF
  • Venue: Chesworth Farm Studio, Horsham
  • Times: 12noon-5pm
  • Fee: £45*

This taster course will introduce the essential skills and techniques of sculptural carving in stone. You will create your own unique small relief carving using a soft stone.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: L0918CA
  • Venue: The Learning Shop, Littlehampton
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fee: £27.50*

You will be introduced to a range of different style options to create your own digital painting. You will explore your options to create different brush marks, sizes and colours, along with fill and remove. You can import an image from your photos and also save to the gallery.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0971CA
  • Venue: Drill Hall, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fee: £27.50*

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0984CF
  • Venue: Marle Place Adult Education Centre, Burgess Hill
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fee: £38.50*

This course will support you in creating botanical illustrations of seasonal flowers and fruits. No formal qualifications are needed but an enthusiasm is essential! This workshop is suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners to those who already have some experience.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: L0920CB
  • Venue: The Learning Shop, Littlehampton
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Fees: £20*

This course will introduce you to the traditional art of English Paper Piecing. You will learn how to use paper templates and fabric scraps to make a patchwork design of your choice, which will be hand sewn and can be made into a beautiful pin cushion, needle case or decorative patch.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: B09126CB
  • Venue: Bognor Regis Adult Education Centre
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

On this course, you will learn how to hold the hook and yarn in the correct position to begin creating simple stiches. You will then have the opportunity to begin a simple project that can be completed or expanded on at home.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0989CB
  • Venue: Drill Hall, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

This course will introduce you to using a bamboo pen with ink to make drawings. You will study the range of marks and textures that Van Gogh produced using a bamboo pen and make your own samples. You will be encouraged to develop your own style and technique using a choice of resources for inspiration.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: L0919CC
  • Venue: The Learning Shop, Littlehampton
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

This course will begin exploring this fun and exotic Eastern art form, becoming familiar with brush techniques, paper and creating beautiful flowing brush marks.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: B09123CC
  • Venue: Bognor Regis Adult Education Centre
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

You will learn how to transfer a design to wood to start off your simple daisy in deep relief and how to carve with chisels and carving knives.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: B09116CD
  • Venue: Bognor Regis Adult Education Centre
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

This course will introduce you to the tools used in watercolours and how to lay down different washes and colour mixes. The tutor will introduce you to the very basics of watercolour, setting a foundation of knowledge that can be taken home and build upon.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: M0992CD
  • Venue: Marle Place Adult Education Centre, Burgess Hill
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

Your tutor will play examples on the piano of the many changes which appear in music as we move across the centuries. You will enjoy recorded music, performed on early instruments.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: M0991CD
  • Venue: Marle Place Adult Education Centre, Burgess Hill
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

You will be introduced to modern and traditional watercolour techniques, including ‘wet in wet’, dry brushing, wax resist, scratching and texturing. Tuition will be given on materials and mediums and we will look at the work of a variety of watercolour artists.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: B09125CE
  • Venue: Bognor Regis Adult Education Centre
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £27.50*

We will explore simple techniques to produce fun and colourful one-off designs, by inking up a plate and experimenting with drawing and resist materials. You will use line, colour and positive and negative shapes.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0990CA
  • Venue: Easteds Barn, Southwater
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £55*

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0979CF
  • Venue: The Millais School, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £38.50*

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0987CF
  • Venue: Chesworth Farm Studio, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £38.50*

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0950CF
  • Venue: Chesworth Farm Studio, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £38.50*

We will source plants and flowers for their natural pigments and combine with natural charcoal and chalk onto a choice of surfaces. The workshop will cover sourcing materials and quick sketching from the land surrounding the studio, grinding materials to create paint like textured effects, learning to extract dyes from plants instantly, adding plant forms into a composition and the use of binding agents. There will be a short walk followed by working inside the studio.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: B09108CF
  • Venue: Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £43.50*

You will learn about the original Roman mosaics of the Palace to inspire you to make a unique design, using the direct method of mosaic construction. We will explore mosaics from ancient times to modern day. Techniques practised will include mosaic design, construction/tile shaping, grouting and cleaning off.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0972CF
  • Venue: The Millais School, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £38.50*

On this course, you will learn how to hold the hook and yarn in the correct position to begin creating simple stiches. You will then have the opportunity to begin a simple project that can be completed or expanded on at home.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0949CF
  • Venue: Chesworth Farm Studio, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £38.50*

The day will teach you about chemical and natural mordanting; you will learn about and gather dye plants from around the studio and begin the dyeing process. We will also use the rust bath for tie dyeing fabric, usually linen, cotton or silk. By the end of the day you will have created a collection of dyed samples, and started to make a unique dye reference book.

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

  • Course Code: C0987CF
  • Venue: Chesworth Farm Studio, Horsham
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Fees: £38.50*

For more information or to enrol, please click here.

*Please note that concessions are available on these fees, such as 10% reduction for students aged 65 and older, or 70% reduction for students on a means-tested benefit (please note that you will be asked to provide evidence of your means-tested benefit, if appropriate). For more information on fees and concessions, please click here.

Aspire wins contract to provide West Sussex adult education

Aspire Sussex Ltd has successfully bid to run adult education courses across the county.

It is the current provider of the contract which ends in August 2017.

The contract will run for an initial period of three years, starting on 1 September 2017, with an option to extend for a further period of up to four years.

In 2012 Aspire Sussex Ltd was created as an independent body to provide adult education for West Sussex residents. Previously it was a West Sussex County Council service.

Now Aspire Sussex runs the service on behalf of the County Council.

Robyn Kohler, Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Sussex, said: “We are pleased to have won the contract to run adult education courses for people who live and work in West Sussex. We look forward to continuing to work with the County Council to provide good quality adult education.”

Aspire Sussex achieves ‘good’ Ofsted report

We are pleased to confirm that we have achieved a ‘good’ report from Ofsted.

This is a very positive step up, and demonstrates the progress that we have made in the last 18 months.

At a previous inspection in November 2015, the adult education service was deemed inadequate. But this time around, Ofsted inspectors praised the overall effectiveness of the service, concluding it is ‘a good provider’.

Categories that received a ‘good’ rating during the inspection include:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for learners
  • Adult learning programmes

Key findings include:

  • Skilled, experienced and enthusiastic tutors use their teaching expertise and subject knowledge well to inspire most students
  • Since the previous inspection, tutors, supported by managers, have much improved their ability to help students develop mathematical skills; as a result, students, many for the first time, improve these skills and recognise the relevance of mathematics in their daily lives
  • Students who have learning difficulties and disabilities, many of whom live in residential settings, enjoy their learning and make good progress

Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at West Sussex County Council, said: “I am delighted Ofsted inspectors rated the service as ‘good’ and noted the improvements that have been made.

“The adult education service is so important to help give learners in West Sussex the best opportunities to find employment.”

Robyn Kohler, Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Sussex, said: “We have worked hard alongside officers from the County Council to improve our service. We will be taking on board the recommendations of the Ofsted inspectors to further improve adult education for our learners.”

The full Ofsted report can be viewed via reports.ofsted.gov.uk and searching for Skills West Sussex County Council.