Community & Support

Our facilities are located at the heart of the communities in which we operate. 

We work with a range of partners in local communities to ensure that our students have opportunities to make a difference in the area in which they live.

Every week our enrichment team run a programme of pursuits for our students to access, including sports enrichment, careers events and activities that engage with local community organisations and groups.


South Essex College has a heritage that is rich in culture & the arts, and a large percentage of our students are involved in creative activities. There are many opportunities for students to become involved in cultural activities within the local community. Our students contribute to the success of the Village Green Festival every year and produce work for a whole host of end-of-year shows and exhibitions where their creations are displayed within the wider community.

There are dedicated student support teams at each of our sites who are always available to assist those in need.

Support includes:

Safeguarding & pastoral support – This team, based in every site, offers ongoing support to students who may be experiencing difficult times or hardship both academically or personally, regardless of circumstance.

They are able to refer students to external services that may be able to help or provide personal pastoral care or counselling support.

Our Guardians

College guardians are present at every main campus. They are the first point of contact to Safeguard everyone on site. They are there to protect, support, listen to and engage with our students.

What does a guardian do?

  • Ensure only permitted persons are on site by checking the wearing of lanyards
  • Act as a frontline contact for safeguarding issues – they will then pass any concerns onto the relevant people
  • Provide support to students, listen and give advice where appropriate
  • Challenge bad behaviour
  • Carry out stop & search procedures if necessary


It is essential that all members and visitors to the College wear a lanyard. This is to ensure that they are permitted to be on the site and to maintain the safety of all concerned.