Doncaster College

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Doncaster College
Principal George Trow
Chair of the Corporation Board Ruth Brook
Location Chappell Drive
South Yorkshire
England Coordinates: 53°31′44″N 1°08′10″W / 53.52885°N 1.13623°W / 53.52885; -1.13623
DfE URN 130526 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 1,072
Students 13,500
Ages 16+
Website Official site

Doncaster College is a further and higher education college in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It comprises two campuses, which are known as "The Hub" and "University Centre Doncaster".



The origin and identity of Doncaster College can be traced back to the early history of technical education in the area. From about 1870, further education was delivered at a variety of small locations within the town.

It all started through two evening classes in Great Northern Science and Art, taught by Mr L H Branston, who was a school master by day and artist by night. These classes were held in the St James’ School (or the great Northern Railway School). The first subjects taught were freehand and perspective drawing and machine construction.

The science and Art department at South Kensington ran the courses until education responsibility was taken over by West Riding County Council in 1887.

Doncaster Technical College[edit]

Following national legislation, changed technical education arrangements culminated in the appointment of the first principal of Doncaster Technical College, George Grace. At the time he said: "To the man with scientific knowledge and tastes the world grows more beautiful day by day: as his knowledge gets deeper and deeper. Nature offers ever-increasing sources of delight."

Doncaster Technical College began the development of a centre dedicated to Science, Art and Technology, which would open in 1915 as Church View, a building erected next to St George's Minster.

Doncaster College of Education[edit]

In 1947, around 4,850 students were enrolled on 985 classes and the College was running out of room and needed expansion. Church view was expanded yet again but it was obvious more needed to be done.

The house and gardens at High Melton were converted to a Teacher Training Centre, known as Doncaster College of Education. It was founded by the County Borough of Doncaster Education Authority and was a constituent college of the Sheffield University Institute of Education.

It had been the residence of an 18th century Dean of York, John Fountayne, who is buried in the church there. Much of the building dates from this period, and was owned by the Montagu family. The campus came complete with on-site halls of residence for students and 126 acres of idyllic countryside. Doncaster LEA bought the land for £10,300.

The High Melton campus was officially opened in 1952.

Waterdale campus[edit]

Post-war demands on the College were so great the Church View could no longer cope by itself. Work started on an ambitious development at Waterdale in the centre of town. Some 6,300 students enrolled at various sites.

Waterdale opened and became the headquarters of Doncaster Technical College in 1961. Church View remained as the specialist Arts Centre of the College. The estimated cost of development was £1.3million.


The Hub campus[edit]

After three years of extensive planning, College managers were given the go-ahead by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to build a new, state-of-the-art campus on the town’s waterfront.

The College released details of the new building – it was to be the flagship building for Doncaster’s waterfront regeneration area and cover 33,500 sq ft.

The Hub, located on Chappell Drive in Doncaster, officially opened in September 2006. At the same time, the Church View and Waterdale campuses were closed to the public.

University Centre Doncaster[edit]

2004 saw Doncaster College establish its University Centre at the High Melton campus in partnership with the University of Hull. This is regarded as the first step toward a University of Doncaster.

Staff and students[edit]

The College employs around 1,000 staff and accommodates around 13,500 part and full time students aged 16+.[1]


In the latest Ofsted report, published in December 2008, the college was judged to be making Satisfactory Progress in addressing the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection in August 2007.

In August 2007, the College was subject to the first full inspection by the standards body OFSTED within a year of moving to their new building, The Hub. It concluded that the College was Inadequate in all five key summary areas that it assesses and reports on (including Achievements and Standards, Effective Management and Quality).

The report stated that the Senior Management and Governors were not focussed enough on raising standards, due to becoming preoccupied with issues relating to the Hub. It also stated that it had little confidence in the College's Governors to improve the College.

The number of part-time courses were reduced from September 2007, due to a £500,000 reduction in funding.[2]


The main Doncaster College building, known as The Hub

The Hub[edit]

Situated in Doncaster's town centre, the £65-million pound Waterfront campus opened in September 2006, giving students access to some of the best educational facilities in the country.[3] The Hub offers a wide variety of both higher and further education courses at the campus.

University Centre Doncaster[edit]

The University Centre is the College’s second campus, set in 126 acres located at High Melton, six miles west of Doncaster. Most of the College's higher education courses are based here. The High Melton campus is also home to the Relate Institute.[4]


George Trow was appointed as the Principal and Chief Executive of Doncaster College in May 2010.[5]

His appointment followed a period of change,[6] during which a number of personnel oversaw both the move to The Hub and a round of planned restructures which followed.[7]


  1. ^ "About Doncaster College". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ "College courses fall after cash cut". The Star. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-08-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Doncaster College goes high tech". Computing. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ Len Tingle (2008-02-21). "Programmes | Politics Show | Marriage made in heaven". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  5. ^ "New principal at troubled Doncaster College". BBC News. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  6. ^ Published on Wednesday 29 April 2009 18:25 (2009-04-29). "College boss suspended in finance probe". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  7. ^ Published on Friday 1 May 2009 16:26 (2009-05-01). "Crisis Hit College Scraps Restructure". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 

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