Dv8 Sussex wants to extend a helping hand to the local community. We are offering anyone who hasn’t obtained maths and/or English GCSE (grade D/3 or lower) the opportunity to study them free of charge.

This is much more than a classroom or online tutor-led lessons.

We offer small group online learning from experienced tutors, combined with 24/7 access to our online learning portal, meaning our students can study at their own pace and to their own timetable.

Our innovative system gives students detailed weekly feedback in order to track and support their progress; helping them to understand where they are succeeding and where they may require additional guidance to achieve the results they need.

No prior qualifications are needed. 
More information can be found on our website here: https://www.dv8sussex.com/adult-gcse/
Applications can be made on our website at www.dv8sussex.com/apply, with flexible start dates from January 2021.

If you have any questions, please email us at admissions@dv8sussex.com.
Dv8 Sussex is delighted to be able to offer a brand new course for young people aged 16-18 from January 2021.
Our Creative Gateway course is designed for young people to explore options within the creative industries, undertake work placements and who may also need to improve their maths and English skills and qualifications.

They will have the chance to participate in classes across all the courses that we run at Dv8 Sussex – Games Development, Media Production and Music Production & Performance.

We are also able to offer work experience with employers in the creative fields and skills development sessions to help prepare for life after Dv8.

For those students who need to improve their skills and qualifications in maths and English, we offer small tutorial support from our experienced tutors, combined with 24/7 access to our online learning portal.

Creative Gateway will run for 2-3 days per week (dependent on if maths and English need to be obtained), with no prior qualifications needed.
More information can be found on our website here: https://www.dv8sussex.com/creative-gateway/

Applications can be made on our website at www.dv8sussex.com/apply, with a start date of January 2021.

If you have any questions, please email us at admissions@dv8sussex.com
#ChristmasJumperDay is on Friday 11th December, and we are asking all of our staff and students to wear their festive attire to raise money for Save the Children UK. 
Donate what you can and help support an incredible charity by giving your donations to the centre coordinators on the day.
Make the world better with a sweater.
All week our students have been getting involved in #AntiBullyingWeek and today is #FriendshipFriday!
Not only have students and staff been wearing odd socks all week, but they have also been decorating their own!
We have been encouraging the students to do one act of kindness for a friend/family member and have been discussing with them what to do if they ever faced bullying.
Lots of meaningful conversations and positivity were had throughout this week!

For all of our students who are currently studying English and/or maths, we are pleased to announce the June 2021 GCSE dates.

All exams are morning (starting at 9am). If you have access arrangements for exams, you will be given your allocated time nearer the time.

Further information including location, will be provided closer to the time and if you have any questions, please do get in touch.

This week is Anti-Bullying Week and at Dv8 Sussex, we are getting fully involved!

All staff and students have been asked to wear odd socks today to promote their support against bullying in all forms.

We have been talking to students about why it is important to accept and celebrate people’s differences and to show kindness and tolerance to fellow students.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance manifesto for this year is:

“This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge.

Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.

We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”

You can find out more on their website here.

Dear Parent/Carer 

I hope that you are keeping well in these challenging and uncertain times.
As we start the second half of the first term, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on our current strategy for teaching, learning and assessment. Before half term, we were adopting a 50:50 model, with students attending every other day of their timetable. Following feedback from staff, students, parents & carers, we are amending this model, as of next Monday, November 16th. Students will now be attending for the majority of their lessons, with some virtual delivery and a more blended model. We are confident that this will significantly improve the learning experience for all our students.
We have worked very hard to ensure that we can do this in a safe manner in a variety of ways. This has included hiring additional teaching space for our Media and Music courses, restructuring our timetable and redistributing some classes over two classrooms.
Please be assured that we will continue to be “covid-safe”, maintaining one way systems, social distancing, mask wearing and sanitising. The safety of our students remains the absolute priority and we will be monitoring this on a daily basis.
Students are being spoken to individually in regard to precisely how their new timetable will be working. However, if you would like more information, please can I ask that you contact the relevant Curriculum Area Lead, in the first instance:
Games – Paul Oliver – paul.oliver@dv8sussex.com
Media – Rich Cross – richard.cross@dv8sussex.com
Music – Aaron Siegel – aaron.seigel@dv8sussex.com
Best wishes
Jim Sharpe

We understand that many of our parents/carers/guardians/students will be anxious to know what Dv8 Sussex is planning on doing over the latest lockdown.

In line with the Government’s guidance, we will remain open as usual. This means that we will still be following the same timetable as before up until the Christmas break at the earliest. We will continue keeping our students and staff safe whilst they are in College, by ensuring that everyone follows the guidance that we have produced. This, along with important links for support, can be found on our website here: http://www.dv8sussex.com/dv8-covid-19-guidance/

We will update all if there are any changes to the above.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us (details below)

01273 550432/ kerri.jones@dv8sussex.com (Brighton)

01424 213890/ shani.rogers@dv8sussex.com (Bexhill)

We wish you and your family the best over these uncertain times and stay safe.

Following Dv8’s successful merger with London Learning Consortium (LLC) we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Sharpe as our new Principal of Dv8 Sussex.

Jim Sharpe has been Principal at East Sussex College Hastings since January 2018, with responsibility for quality assurance for the entire East Sussex College group. Alongside this role, Jim is also Chair of the Advisory Board of a local secondary school. Prior to January 2018, Jim was Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality for Sussex Coast College and led the college’s successful Ofsted inspection to a grade 2. Jim has worked in schools and colleges across the UK for 25 years, as a teacher, curriculum leader and senior manager, in both the state sector and private sector.

Dv8’s founder, Dan Wallman, who now moves into a new role as Director of Youth Services with LLC and remains on the Dv8 Board of Directors, says “we are absolutely delighted to have been able to appoint Jim as our new Principal at Dv8. Jim brings with him a huge wealth of experience in successfully managing a large FE college group in Sussex, and is the ideal addition to lead the college into a new era as we continue to develop and grow our provision in Sussex.”

Jim Sharpe says: ‘’I am really excited to be taking up the post of Principal at Dv8. Over the last 17 years under Dan Wallman’s leadership, Dv8 has become renowned for the impact of its individualised, supportive education it provides to students across Brighton and East Sussex. I am really looking forward to joining the established leadership team and working with them and the Board of Governors at LLC, staff and students, to continue the Dv8 journey as part of the LLC family of providers.”

We wanted to update you on student timetables for the start of term on Monday 21st September 2020.

Individual learner timetables will be sent out by 5pm on Thursday 10th September to the email address that the student applied with. 

We are working hard to ensure that learner groupings and learning arrangements are optimal for both adhering to social distancing and the best outcomes for their studies. 

If you need to update your email address with us, or have any questions at all, please email us at admissions@dv8sussex.com.

Due to the update released from Ofqual on Monday 17 August (click here), the system for receiving GCSE results is now as follows.

Students will receive their Centre Assessed Grades on Thursday 20 August – these are the grades Dv8 submitted to the exam boards.

Next week the Exam boards will confirm these grades. Grades will either stay the same or will go up. Students will not be penalised by grades going down.

Once we have your final grades we will release new results statements to you.

Students that have booked a time slot should still come into school as expected to collect their results. If you haven’t received an allocated slot please contact the centre coordinators below.

Should we receive notice of any further changes to the GCSE results we shall post updates on our website and on social media.

In March 2020 Dv8 Sussex received their latest full Ofsted inspection, in which a ‘Good’ grade was awarded for their High Needs provision and ‘Requires Improvement’ for 16-18 Study Programme provision. There were many positives seen by the inspection team, with the final report commenting that:

“Students appreciate and benefit from the inclusive environment at DV8. They like the small class sizes, the caring attitudes of tutors and support staff, and the welcoming behaviour of fellow students”.

“Leaders and managers at DV8 have a clear strategic intent for the curriculum. They use creative subjects to engage hard-to-reach young people in learning that aims to develop their wider social, personal and employability skills……the great majority of students, many of whom come from challenging backgrounds, complete their studies… Students who attend regularly develop self-confidence and personal resilience.”

Dv8’s provision for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN) gained particular praise, with the report grading this areas as Good and stating that “Students with high needs do better than their peers. A higher proportion attend classes regularly and achieve their qualifications. Many move on to higher-level qualifications and employment.”

Areas to improve upon included:

  • Improving attendance and punctuality
  • Ensuring all learners gained timely careers advice
  • Continuing to improve higher grades achievement in GCSE Maths and English.

Following Dv8’s recent merger with London Learning Consortium, Dv8’s founder, Dan Wallman, stated that “whilst there are areas to improve further, we are proud of the many positives in the report and would like to thank all of the teams who have worked so hard within our provision since our last inspection. We continue to provide a unique and essential service for young people who often have not achieved in mainstream education, and who feel safe, valued and achieve at Dv8. Our new partnership with LLC will help Dv8 go from strength to strength and support our aim to become an ‘Outstanding’ provider for young people in the South East”.

Paul Mitchell the chair of the Dv8 Advisory Board commented: ‘The Dv8 Advisory Board is delighted that Dv8 has improved its OFSTED grade to ‘Requires Improvement’. This represents good progress but with distance still to travel to the aspiration of a ‘Good’ grade in the near future. The board wishes to acknowledge the hard work of all Dv8 staff and the contribution of key individuals and partner organisations who have supported Dv8 on its recent journey’.

To see the final report please download here

For more information on LLC please see https://www.londonlc.org.uk/

Dv8 Sussex are pleased to announce our acquisition by The London Learning Consortium who are also joining the Bexhill Hive CIC. The acquisition is part of Dv8’s plan to further develop as an organisation and LLC’s intention to grow its young people’s provision in London and across the South

London Learning Consortium is a Community Interest Company that works for the benefit of communities and businesses across London and the South East. They deliver skills and education programmes in partnership with Voluntary and Community Sector organisation and share many common values with Dv8. As well as young people’s provision this step enables LLC and Dv8 to broaden the scope and scale of its adult provision and increase its training and curriculum offer to funders, employers’ and learners alike.

As part of this initiative, Dv8 Sussex’s founder, Dan Wallman moves across to LLC and begins a new role as Director of Youth Services where he is to head up LLC’s young people’s activities and continue his strong connections with DV8. In taking up this new role Dan stated that “ I am really excited about the opportunities that this will now bring for both Dv8 and LLC and am so pleased to be able to continue Dv8’s extraordinary journey, after 17 years as an independent provider in Sussex, to now be part of the LLC family of providers. I’m looking forward to joining the LLC team in my new role and sure we will go from strength together, offering brilliant provision for young people across the South East.

LLC CEO Stephen Jeffery said that “We would like to thank Dan Wallman and the advisory board of DV8 in working so positively with us to help this development. This is a fantastic opportunity for two community focussed organisations to come together and ensure strong and independent young people’s provision across London and the South’.

DV8’s advisory Board Chair, Paul Mitchell, remains to Chair the new LLC subsidiary and had this to say ‘The Dv8 Advisory Board has worked closely with LLC and Dv8’s Senior Management Team to support the acquisition process and recognises the significant advantages and potential opportunities of the two organisations pooling their expertise and resources for the benefit of young people, employers and staff’.

On completion of the acquisition LLC’s Chair Dr Calvin Pike said, “Sharing a common determination to work for the benefit of communities and businesses across London and the South East, we welcome DV8 Training Ltd and Bexhill Hive CIC to our group. We are confident this development will continue to strengthen our services and enhance both provision and choice for current and future learners within the sector.”

Our Heads of Centre and Course Leaders have created this video introducing themselves to all of our new starters for September 2020. We hope that now you will be able to put a name to a face and know who you will be working with over your time with us.

More content will be coming your way soon, along with communications regarding enrolment and how to prepare for your start with us.

If you have any questions regarding your application or your course, please contact us at admissions@dv8sussex.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We can’t wait to meet you all and see you start your journey with us at Dv8! 


On Friday 19th June, we launched our End of Year Showcase virtually!

The showcase celebrates all of the hard work our students have been creating over the past year. It has been a crazy year (to say the least), however the students have worked incredibly hard regardless and we are very proud of them.

On the website, you can browse through the work created by our students from our sites in both Brighton and Bexhill. From fashion to gaming, media to music, there is a wide variety of different work on offer.

We hope you enjoy and a special thank you to Charlotte and Chloe for all of their work in creating the website.

You can visit the website here.

Finally, we wish all of you a wonderful summer and look forward to another year at Dv8 Sussex in September.

To all Students, Parents, Carers,
You may be aware that the Government guidance on the reopening of schools this week included the provision for Year 12 students to begin to return, where possible, to education settings from June 1st.
This guidance is intended to support young people who are in the middle of two year programmes with potential exams and large assessments at the end of next year. 
We will continue to prioritise the safety of all students and staff at Dv8 at all times. Before any decision is made to resume physical delivery in the centres in Brighton and Bexhill, we must first be sure that this can be done safely, meeting all key criteria set out by the government to re-open education and work settings settings and that the risks to students’ and staff health can be effectively managed. 
We are working closely with the Local Authorities in Brighton and Hove and East Sussex as well as our Advisory Board, to assess the position and we will not be making any decision on a date to re-start face to face learning at the Dv8 centres until we can assure the safety of all concerned. We will need to take into account the spaces in the centres themselves, travel arrangements of students, as well as the current academic and pastoral needs of our students. 
As there will be just three weeks of term remaining after June 1st, we will need to think carefully about the potential benefits to learners, against the potential risks we will be asking staff and students to take to come into the centres at this time. Following a survey in March of parents and young people in vulnerable groups, it was clear that the overwhelming preference was for students to continue to learn remotely.  We would like to know your views on any potential return to face to face learning in the centres and if you are the parent or carer of a young person in a vulnerable group, we will be emailing you with a short survey to complete next week. 
For the moment we will be continuing to offer our provision on-line, as we have been doing successfully since the lockdown began in March. There has been so much excellent work undertaken in this time and it is a credit to the students and teaching teams that many students are now successfully coming to near the end of their course and entering their final assessments for their qualifications. 
We thank you for your understanding and support during this very difficult time for everyone and we hope that all students and families are keeping safe and well. We will continue to keep you updated if there is any change to our current plans for delivery. 
Kind Regards,

The Dv8 Team

Dear Students, Parents/Carers,

We understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, in the rapid changes that the COVID-19 virus has had on our lives.

Our aim in this is to be fair to all students this summer and to make sure no one is disadvantaged in their progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented circumstances.

Dv8 has been committed to delivering our curriculum online since lockdown began, sticking to the timetable for lessons and delivering both new content whilst also allowing time for our students to develop and improve previously assessed work. 

We would like to thank the staff and students who have responded so quickly and positively to the many changes brought upon us in such a short space of time. Much good work has been going on through Google Classroom and through student submitted to complete vocational qualifications. 

We will continue to deliver as per our timetable until the end of term and have planned curriculum to support learners to achieve qualifications as planned, continue to develop creative skills and prepare for their next stage in learning or career. 

Vocational qualifications.

We have ensured that learners have been able to stay on track with work as closely to our pre-existing assessment plan as possible. We are working to exam board guidelines and at this time we expect to have an External Quality Assurance process to sign off work for this year.

However, we are still awaiting Ofqual instructions for how we deal with assessment that has not been able to be undertaken because of the lockdown. Dv8 will endeavour to keep you updated on this matter. 

Please be rest assured that going forwards all of our decisions will be in the best interests of our learners. 

Existing Ofqual guidance can be found here: 



Whilst some learners have struggled to maintain full attendance in this period, please rest assured we remain committed to engaging with all students and ensuring that their learning continues during this lockdown period. 

We have been contacting all learners on a regular basis to ensure that they can be supported to engage, either through additional pastoral or learning support or through bursary support and equipment to allow for online access. 

If you are unsure what your young person has been working on, or where they are with their studies, please do contact the relevant Vocational Curriculum Area Lead listed below. 

Dv8 Bexhill:

Rich Cross (Music, Art/Fashion, MMD) richard.cross@dv8sussex.com

Paul Oliver (Games) paul.oliver@dv8sussex.com

Kieran Faulkner-Mahon (Media) kieran.faulkner-mahon@dv8sussex.com

Dv8 Brighton

Aaron Seigel (Music, Events) aaron.seigel@dv8sussex.com

Paul Oliver (Games) paul.oliver@dv8sussex.com

Kieran Faulkner-Mahon (Media, FCL) kieran.faulkner-mahon@dv8sussex.com

English and maths qualifications.

At Dv8 we offer two different routes: Functional Skills English and Math and GCSE English and Math. Following recent updates from Ofqual and our awarding bodies, please see below our plan going forward for this academic year. 


GCSE exams planned for May and June 2020 will not take place. Dv8 will submit a grade for each learner that is based on the work completed before 20th March 2020. This is in line with the instructions given by Ofqual during the Easter break. 

How will grades be calculated? 

Dv8 has been asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each subject, based on what we know about students work and achievements: 

  • a grade we believe students are most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned 
  • an order the performance of each student by grade, within each subject 

We are currently working on the process that will enable our teaching teams to standardise their judgements. This will consider a range of things like students’ classwork and homework and any mock exams taken before 3rd April; and general progress during studies with us. 

This information will be shared with exam boards at the end of May 2020 which will allow them, with Ofqual, to standardise the grades of all across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when (GCSE students in England) making those judgements. 

This means the final grade students get could be different from the one we send to the exam board. 

Important note: Ofqual and the Exam boards have specifically instructed all schools and colleges to not disclose this information to students/parents/carers. 

The Data Protection Act also provides an exemption from Freedom of Information requests on this information until after the exam results have been published. 

Please note that teachers and staff at Dv8 are not allowed to share the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students. Please do not request this information as to do so would be in breach of our obligations and against national regulations. 

Functional Skills 

No further exams (online or written) will be sat this academic year. As with GCSE’s Dv8 will be required to submit grades (Pass or Fail) for all students who are on this pathway, a process provisionally booked for mid-June. Like GCSE’s tutors will decide this mark by looking at evidence (such as sample assessments, Mock papers) to ensure there is a fair judgement. As with GCSE’s our grades are subject to change as these are to be standardised across England, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged. 

This means, that this term, more than ever, is crucial for students on this pathway to engage in teaching and learning. If you have English or Math Functional Skills on your timetable, please ensure you attend all lessons and complete all work that is set by your tutor. 

If, for whatever reason, you feel like you need to contact your English and Maths tutor, don’t hesitate to email them. Please see email addresses below:

English GCSE Brighton- laura.mullen@dv8sussex.com

English FS Brighton- iain.fuller@dv8sussex.com

Maths FS Brighton- geraldine.hutt@dv8sussex.com

Maths GCSE Brighton- phil.lambert@dv8sussex.com

English GCSE and FS Bexhill- phil.jones@dv8sussex.com

Maths GCSE and FS Bexhill- robert.boucnik@dv8sussex.com

Careers Guidance

Our Student Services Manager, Nicola Lombardo (Nicola.lombardo@dv8sussex.com) is currently holding remote on-line 1-1 Careers Advice and Guidance sessions by video conference with all students who have not previously had one earlier in the academic year. If you would like further information advice and guidance on options for next academic year, either at Dv8, another college or in employment please contact Nicola as soon as possible to discuss this and arrange a 1-1 appointment if needed. Alternatively Nicola is happy to provide support in other ways for example by telephone, email or on-line Instant Chat if learners are not comfortable with on-line video conferencing.

Applying for Dv8 next year

If you would like to apply for a course at Dv8 next year, but have not done so yet, please apply now at www.dv8sussex.com/apply. Courses are filling up fast so please apply as soon as possible to ensure that we can give you the best possible chance of getting your place. If students are planning to go elsewhere to continue studying or into work we also need to know this so please let us know. Any learners with Education Health Care Plans (EHCP) must ensure they have told us about future plans (if not DV8) so we can update their EHC accordingly. Please email nicola.lombardo@dv8sussex.com with details of students intended destination fro next year. 

Bursary Support

Please get in touch if you need any further support through the Discretionary Bursary fund at Dv8. This fund is designed to support individual students to overcome barriers to learning and is available for use now. 

This fund can help provide tablets or computers for students to use to access online learning or provide access to software to enable work to be completed at home. 

To access this fund please contact your Curriculum Area Lead to put in a request and we will aim to support as best as possible.

Pastoral Support

We understand that this has been a difficult time for many and we have continued to support many students remotely. Students can access our student services support line on 07511 347095 if they would like to talk to either Nicola (Nicola.lombardo@dv8sussex.com), our Student Services Manager  or call 07732716447 to speak to Rachael (rachael.kamara@dv8sussex.com), our Student Services Co-ordinator in Bexhill. 

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us on the following numbers: Bexhill 07759 254056, Brighton 07384321153.

We will continue to keep you updated as this ongoing situation develops, and we are following government, local authority and exam board instructions and guidance as we receive it. 

We wish you and your families well during these difficult times.

The Dv8 Team

Dv8 is committed to ensuring that we can provide support to you and to keep as much of our provision available to you over the coming weeks. 

As of Monday 23rd March, until the Easter break (Friday 3rd April), learners will be expected to “attend” lessons via online forums and work with their tutors as instructed.   

The following measures will be in place to keep curriculum delivery in place as we are committed to ensuring learners achieve their stated outcomes for 19/20. 

  • Teaching and learning will go ahead using online forums to communicate and deliver lessons (google Hangouts). 
  • Students will use the existing Google Classroom for their subject to see all assignments and set pieces of work. They can also communicate directly with tutors via this remote classroom, submit work and receive feedback and are familiar with doing this ordinarily.
  • Tutors will be liaising with all learners to work out their specific needs and set targets for work completion. 
  • Maths and English sessions will continue, despite the changes to exams, and we will endeavour to keep you all updated as more information is received from the Government and the awarding bodies.
  • Online delivery and resources will be available – including regular online face to face contact. 
  • Learning support staff will be incorporated into these arrangements based on individual needs to ensure EHCP learners remain supported.
  • Personal and social education session will also be timetabled in to offer additional learning around topics of importance such as mental health and wellbeing
  • Careers guidance interviews will also take place, and these will be individual online appointment slots that will be coordinated by the Dv8 Careers Adviser

What students need to do (Vocational course).

Students should check their Google Classroom to find their timetable for their vocational course. They must plan to attend these virtual sessions and complete tasks assigned. 

If you wish to contact the Lead staff member for your subject area the emails are as follows:

Dv8 Bexhill:

Rich Cross (Music, Art/Fashion, MMD) richard.cross@dv8sussex.com

Paul Oliver (Games) paul.oliver@dv8sussex.com

Kieran Faulkner-Mahon (Media) kieran.faulkner-mahon@dv8sussex.com

Dv8 Brighton:

Aaron Seigel (Music, Events) aaron.seigel@dv8sussex.com

Paul Oliver (Games) paul.oliver@dv8sussex.com

Kieran Faulkner-Mahon (Media, FCL) kieran.faulkner-mahon@dv8sussex.com


What students need to do (English and maths).

if you have an English or Maths lesson scheduled on your regular timetable, your tutor will be available online at those times. They will be in contact with you via email or Google Hangouts. Please be aware that tutors will be marking in your attendance on every session. If, for whatever reason, you feel like you need to contact your tutor, don’t hesitate to email them. Please see email addresses below: 

Dv8 Brighton:

English GCSE – laura.mullen@dv8sussex.com

English FS – iain.fuller@dv8sussex.com

Maths FS – geraldine.hutt@dv8sussex.com

Maths GCSE – phil.lambert@dv8sussex.com

Dv8 Bexhill:

English GCSE and FS – phil.jones@dv8sussex.com

Maths GCSE and FS – robert.boucnik@dv8sussex.com

Covid-19 Education Safeguarding Information and Guidance: Talking to Children.
Here are some resources produced by ‘NHS Partnerships’ and family support group ‘Safety Net’ to help you communicate the right message to children in managing any anxiety or worries they might have;

Also, click this link for ‘Useful Links & Resources for Mental Health & Wellbeing” specifically focused around Covid-19.

Emotional Support – We’re here for you.

If you need pastoral or emotional support in these strange times, you can speak to Rachael from DV8  student services anytime via google hangouts.  Just add her into your contacts. rachael.kamara@dv8sussex.com  and you can email her and set up a time to chat. 

Rachael can support you with any worries you may have about your studies and talk to you about how to manage your wellbeing during this difficult time. Remember there is nothing so small or so awful that you can’t talk to someone about it.  Dv8 are here for you.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us on the following numbers: Bexhill 07759 254056, Brighton 07384321153.

We will continue to keep you updated as this ongoing situation develops, and we are following government, local authority and exam board instructions and guidance as we receive it. We wish you and your families well during this difficult time.

Dear Parents and Carers,
Dv8 SMT have taken the difficult decision today that we will close both the Bexhill and Brighton campus to staff and students from Wednesday 18th March.  This decision has been taken due to severe staff shortages, rapidly falling student numbers and to protect the college community from unnecessary potential exposure to Covid 19. We will aim to return to college on Tuesday 21st April,  the first day of term after the Easter break, (staff inset day on Monday 20th).
From Monday 23rd March all lessons will be delivered on-line and learning and assessment materials will be available to via the existing Google classroom system. More information on how to access on line lessons will be available on the Dv8 website from end of day on Friday 19th. Students will be kept on track with their assessed work and  we will take the exam board advice regarding GCSEs as things develop.
We hope that this decision does not cause too much disruption for our families and we are committed to doing all that we can to support students ongoing learning and achievement in their qualifications. Any students who do not have access to a laptop or computer / tablet families are urged to contact Dv8 so that we can address this need. 
Staff will be available to be contacted via email, or on the Dv8  mobile numbers: Bexhill 07759 254056  Brighton 07384321153.
Yours Sincerely, 
DV8 Senior Managment Team 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are writing to reassure and update you on our college contingency plans regarding the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Senior Management team have been putting in plans for various contingencies and continue to monitor Government advice around Covid-19. We are basing our college risk assessments and planning on the guidance that has been provided by Public Health England, the NHS, DFE and Local Authority.

The advice and guidance remain, that all schools, colleges and training providers should remain open and as such Dv8 will continue to offer classes as normal.

We are currently assessing possible outcomes should advice from Government change around this and particularly how students’ learning could continue remotely in the event that we are advised not to open the building. In particular we would like to know which students have access to the internet and to computer equipment at home.

If you do not have access to the internet or a computer at home that your son, daughter or looked after child can access for college work, ​please can you let us know ​and we will assess what additional support can be offered to ensure that some college work can be accessed. We will store this information privately and securely and only use it to help allocate support in the event of the college having to set work remotely in the coming weeks.

Exam Preparation and Ofqual Advice

We are planning to run our Mock GCSEs as normal next week and will continue to monitor Government advice on contingency planning should GCSE exams be disrupted. Please see current Ofqual statement on this
at ​https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus

More Information on Covid-19

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: ​0800 046 8687

Email: ​DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Travel Advice

Some parents have asked for guidance about travelling, particularly with the Easter holidays on the horizon. The most up-to-date advice can be found
here: ​https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

In relation to families who have travelled from Italy,​ ​Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, they advise that you call NHS 111.

We are asking families to ensure they are following the relevant advice around preventing the spread of the virus, so if you have travelled to a category 1 or 2 area then please follow the relevant advice, which can be found here: ​https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas

Key advice for parents
Please stay at home for seven days if you have either:

●  a high temperature, or

●  a new continuous cough.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital with mild symptoms.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. The NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms

Report your child’s absence to the school in the usual way.

Advice on staying at home (self isolation)

Until any further advice is issued, It is important that all other students continue to attend college as normal to enable them to make progress in their course and take planned exams.

School Hygiene

We are undertaking further cleaning and reiterating the importance of good hygiene around site at all times and we have good supplies of hand sanitiser, handwipes and disposable surface cleaners within our centres for staff and students to use.

Ongoing advice

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will update should advice change in the coming days or weeks. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this difficult time.

Yours Sincerely,

Dan Wallman
Managing Director, Dv8 Sussex

For those travelling by car to visit the Brighton campus,  here are our best parking suggestions so you can park safely and be only a short walk away;
– NCP Churchill Square – Cannon Place, Brighton BN1 2FB
– NCP Church St – Brighton BN1 1US
Street Parking is a bit of a lottery as we are so central with the Queen Square area being a bus and taxis only zone.  Therefore, please don’t try to drive to us as you are likely to get caught and fined via a parking camera. 
However, there is on-street parking up Dyke Road, from Upper North Street onwards.
Five inspiring women from the creative industries

Hello, My name is Callum and I’m studying on the Media Production course at Dv8. I wanted to write my first guest blog in support of International Women’s Day. Read on to discover five inspirational women who have had amazing careers in the creative industries and have stories that we can all learn from.

Coco Chanel



Fashion Designer


Fashion designer Coco Chanel, born in 1883, in France, is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910. 

Chanel was sent to an orphanage where she learned the trade of a seamstress. School vacations were spent with relatives in the capital of Moulins where Chanel learnt to sew with more flourish than the nuns at the monastery had been able to teach her. Chanel never went to college so she learned her practical skills and foundation knowledge on sewing because of the nuns that raised her. Chanel went on to be a very well known fashion designer and was the only fashion designer who featured in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Why are we inspired?

We think Coco Chanel is inspirational because she came from an unprivileged background without a qualifications at college, worked extremely hard and her brand is now one of the most renowned fashion labels globally.

Jeniffer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence




You probably know Jennifer Lawrence from her roles in the Hunger Games, but did you know she didn’t finish her education and dropped out to pursue her career in acting? 

She was discovered while vacationing in New York City with her family age 14 and quickly landed a part in the TV series The Bill Engvall Show, followed by roles in films that included The Burning Plain, Winter’s Bone, and X-Men: First Class.

With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actress of her generation. She is also the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar. 

Why are we inspireD?

Jennifer once said that she “never felt smart” which is why she dropped out of school and yet, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. This just goes to show that with passion and hard work, anything is possible. Don’t be put off by bad grades because ultimately it’s about having a positive mindset and never giving up on your ambitions.




Modelling, Film Producing, Record Producing, Singer-Song Writing, Dancer, Music Video Director (plus lots more!)


Beyoncé is one of the most well known celebrities globally. Beyoncé never dropped out of High School, but she didn’t enrol in College or University, she was working on music instead. Beyoncé first captured the public’s eye as lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny’s Child. She later established a solo career with her debut album “Dangerously in Love”, becoming one of music’s top-selling artists with sold-out tours and a slew of awards.

Beyoncé also has a clothing brand named “Ivy Park” which is an activewear clothing line co-founded by herself and London based fashion retailer Topshop. 


We’re inspired by Beyoncé because she empowers women to be successful and fulfil life long career ambitions. She’s multitalented and a business woman. Did you know her song ‘Flawless’ quotes words by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from a speech called “we should all be feminists”.

Bonnie Ross

Bonnie Ross


Game Developer, Film Producer and Business Executive.


Bonnie has worked on some of the biggest games in history including Gears of War, Mass Effect and Halo. She started off her career obtaining a computer science degree and coaching middle-school girls basketball. When Microsoft entered the market of publishing PC sports games in the early ’90s, Bonnie jumped at the chance to do something different. 

Bonnie became a Producer on Microsoft’s NBA Full Court Press before working on even bigger titles mentioned earlier. In 2007, Bungie purchased its independence from Microsoft, leaving the publisher holding the Halo franchise.

Ross was listed in Fortune magazine’s 2014 article “10 powerful women in video games”, which noted that she was “responsible for defining the vision and leading the Halo franchise, which has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide” and had “helped grow the Halo franchise beyond gaming” with books, video series and TV series.


We are inspired by Bonnie Ross because she combined two things she had a passion for (Basketball & Computer Science) and used those skills and experience to propel herself into the games industry career. Plus, the game industry can be seen as a male dominated environment and she has rocketed through it!

Anna Moulson

Anna Moulson


Anna Moulson has been working in the live events and music promotions industry in Brighton and beyond for over 15 years.


Anna is the Founder of Melting Vinyl in Brighton, one of the largest music promotions companies in the South East, working with a stylistically diverse range of local, national and international artists. She’s toured Europe as a Tour Manager, and is passionate about the development and promotion of both new local talent and established artists. 

WHY are we inspired ?

We’re inspired by Anna’s determination to turn her passion into a career. When Anna first relocated to Brighton and set up an events company it was only as a hobby, so to go from that to now being one of the most successful and established event promoters in the area is something to marvel at. Anna’s story teaches us to seek out opportunities and not just wait for them to present themselves to you. 

Dv8 Sussex Logo - Empowering Creative Thinkers

Monday 18th March 2019

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the ESFA have now approved, by exception, that Dv8 can continue to be funded to offer 16-18 Study Programmes from our centres in Brighton and Bexhill.

This also immediately lifts the temporary suspension of in-year recruitment to our programmes, allowing Dv8 to offer our second round of Traineeships as planned after the Easter Break.

This decision was made after much scrutiny by the ESFA local and national teams, and was ultimately approved by Senior Management within the ESFA .

We would like to thank the ESFA teams for their decision, which we recognise is exceptional, with Dv8 being one of only a very few providers to be allowed to continue to be funded following an Inadequate Ofsted grading.

The decision was heavily influenced by the extraordinary public support that we received from parents, young people, employers, Local Authorities, partner organisations, colleges, and a number of MPs following our recent public campaign. The online petition to save Dv8 (https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-dv8-sussex-from-possible-closure) received nearly 3000 signatures and we received hundreds of messages of support, which were all forwarded on to the ESFA.

The supporting statements all told a common story of Dv8 providing a unique service locally, where young people can come and feel valued, feel safe, achieve and progress into meaningful lives. Many messages highlighted the unique nature of Dv8’s offer locally and that young people who succeed with us, would not necessarily engage or be successful elsewhere if we were not to continue.

This obviously comes as a huge relief to everyone at Dv8 and we are immensely grateful for the support that we received from within our local communities, which did so much to ensure that we can continue to offer our provision in Brighton and Bexhill. We cannot thank you enough.

Since our Ofsted inspection in November, we have been working closely with the Local Authorities in Brighton and Hove and East Sussex, who have now joined our expanded Advisory Board, to design and implement a clear plan for improvement, addressing all areas identified in the inspection report. We have already made significant progress in many areas and expect an Ofsted monitoring visit imminently, which we hope will recognise this in their published report.

We would like to thank everybody who signed the petition and wrote in letters of support to the ESFA and in particular, the teams at the Local Authorities and our local MPs in Brighton and Bexhill who supported our representations to the ESFA.  We would like to also thank our entire staff team, our students and parents at Dv8, whose commitment and support throughout this period has been essential and they have all been brilliant throughout.

We will be contacting all applicants for courses starting in September 2019 to begin the interview and enrolment process as soon as possible. We will of course be accepting new applications as of today.

Having come through this process, we now feel a newfound connection with our communities. Our mission and purpose have become clearer than ever and the impact we have had on the lives of young people and families has been made more evident than ever before. We will now push forward and become an even better organisation for it.

We will continue to “empower creative thinkers”, encouraging our young people to be ambitious, think creatively and take risks to solve problems, work together to achieve their goals, to learn from experiences, both good and bad, as a force for positive change.

For any further information on our programmes for 2019/20 or to apply to join a Dv8 course, please see www.dv8sussex.com or call 01273 550 432 to speak to one of our team.

We very much look forward to welcoming our next group of students to Dv8 and to completing this academic year successfully, continuing to support young people to be successful in work and life.

Many thanks,

Dan Wallman
Managing Director, Dv8 Sussex

To read the original statement regarding our response to Dv8’s most recent Ofsted report click here. To read about the petition click here.

Pride to Youth: Drag it Out Poster

TBC Events host a show as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival

Pride to Youth: Drag it Out is a fun, fabulous and flamboyant cabaret style drag event in the heart of Brighton to celebrate the young LGBTQIAPP+ community. Expect the unexpected from this interactive and all inclusive event. Watch live performances from a plethora of outstanding young queens, capture the essence of the event in our photobooth, discover more about LGBT culture and learn about the history of drag. Strut on down for an extravagant evening with canapes and mocktails, empowering young people to explore and discuss drag this Fringe.

We’re making drag accessible to young people and giving them a safe and creative way to explore and discuss all things drag. We believe there is a gap at Brighton Fringe for an interactive and inclusive drag themed event with the aim to empower the LGBTQIAPP+ community.

We want everyone to leave the event feeling positive about themselves with a more informed view of drag culture. Our goal is to raise awareness and broaden our audiences perception towards the art, and encourage them to attend similar events in the future.

TBC Events is a student led company run by young people studying on the Event Management course at Dv8 Sussex; a creative college for 16-19s based in Brighton. Pride to Youth: Drag it Out is an event planned and produced by youth, for youth.

Please help support their Go Fund Me campaign here.

The money you donate will go towards paying acts, renting a venue for the event and the Brighton Fringe fee, plus other interactive activities they have planned for the day.

If you’d like to attend you can book your ticket in advance here.

Follow TBC Events on social media!
@TBCeventsB – Twitter
@tbcevents_btn – Instagram
@TBCeventsB – Facebook

3D Character Artist, Natural Motion

We were thrilled to welcome 3D Character Artist George Brierley from Brighton’s Natural Motion Games into Dv8 to help inspire the next generation of game developers and 3D Artists!

George shared a vast amount of his own personal games industry insights and character production pipeline. He also took the time to see and give valuable feedback on our Games Development students models and concepts. If you’re interested in developing your game design and 3D skills then read on below for some of George’s personal tips and advice!

  • Characters need to read well from silhouettes. You should be able to make a strong guess at who they are just from black and white.
  • We humans tend to look at faces first.
  • When creating an asset or piece of work, remember that it will most likely go on your personal portfolio. Produce your best work!
  • Character base meshes are a thing, just not when you’re starting out… If you join a games company, they’ll probably have them for you to use and start with.
  • Anatomy is super key to concept artists. Take a course, learn about bone structure. This will significantly improve your modelling and sculpting.
  • Anatomy tip – pores and wrinkles run perpendicular to muscle fibres.
  • You have deadlines and not a whole lot of time. It’s hard work but really rewarding to see the end product.
  • Box modelling is a really good skill to develop.
  • Sculpting is where you put in your detail such as wrinkles, pores, scar tissue, cloth, etc.
George Brierley 3 D Artist
  • Don’t be tempted to go into detail too quickly. Get the base shapes correct first. If there’s not enough topology or it’s not in the right place then you’ll get stretching on the texture sheets.
  • Square topology is better than rectangular.
  • When your 3D models are imported into a game engine they get triangulated. Hence why square topology is better than rectangular.
  • Edge loops are key when learning to model and will allow you to manipulate your model easily.
  • Use your own clothes as a guideline for UV seams.
  • Substance Painter is industry standard and great to be familiar with.
  • Remember, a concept is an idea.
  • The best thing about criticism is that you can collate it all and choose the best feedback to implement.
  • Work from reference images whenever you can. Your imagination is great, but that’s not always what is needed for a brief.
  • Keep your retopology uniform throughout.
  • Plan -> Maya / Blender -> Sculpting -> Retopology -> UV Mapping -> Texturing

Huge shout out and thank you to George for giving his time and expertise. Check out some of his work on Artstation here.

If you’re aged 16-19 and have the ambition to make your own games, model and design your own concepts, write narratives or even project manage whole games, take a look at our Level 2 & 3 Games Development course in Brighton and Bexhill.