Hugh Baird College

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Hugh Baird College
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Motto To improve life, job and business prospects through excellent education, training and support.
Established 1891 (1891)
Type Further Education College
Principal Yana Williams
Academic staff 250
Admin. staff 250
Students 7000
Location Bootle, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
53°26′42″N 2°59′22″W / 53.445080°N 2.9894190°W / 53.445080; -2.9894190Coordinates: 53°26′42″N 2°59′22″W / 53.445080°N 2.9894190°W / 53.445080; -2.9894190

Hugh Baird College is a further education College situated in Bootle, Merseyside, England. It is one of the largest providers of education and training in the area, delivering over 300 courses to more than 7,000 students. The college offers courses from Entry Level to Level 3, Apprenticeships and University level courses, Foundation Degrees and Degrees.

The campus[edit]

The Balliol Centre serves the majority of the college's students as the main building with 7 floors, including the main reception and 'The Pod' student advice centre. The Pembroke Centre specialises in the training of vocational courses for the Construction and Engineering sectors. Health & Social Care and Childcare courses are also studied here. Students develop their skills in a range of industry standard 'real life' workshops. Thornton College is a partnership between Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Sefton special school and Hugh Baird College. It is based in Thornton, Merseyside and offers courses from Entry Level to Level 1 for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.


University Centre
A multi-million pound facility the L20 Building, based on Stanley Road, houses a dedicated University Centre with open-plan study areas for students studying our University level courses. The development also includes a multi-purpose performance arts space for public events - ranging from school productions to conferences, a public library, learning resource centre and a café with an outdoor seating area.

L20 Hotel School
The L20 Hotel School provides education, training and work experience for students on hospitality courses. Situated in the main Balliol building, the restaurant is open to members of the public and includes a dining facility, lounge and bar. The 14 station training kitchen is used for the delivery of full and part time courses.

Learning Resource Centres
The college has three Learning Resource Centres, which have computers stations, books, trade magazines, DVDs and electronic resources.

Images Salon
Located in the Balliol Centre, Images is a hair and beauty salon open to the public. Hair and beauty students use the facility to provide them with a 'real life' working environment.

Secret Garden
Located in the reception area of the Balliol Centre, Secret Garden is a commercial florist facility open to the public. Students studying on floristry courses use the facility as a 'real life' working environment.

Free WiFi access is available throughout the campus. An iPad booking systems is available to students.


Grants were made available from the Exchequer. It was with this and other aid that Bootle Technical School opened, offering 37 courses in 25 subjects, with an intake of 807 students.

More subjects we added to the Schools provision, including: building, home dressmaking, mechanical engineering and iron/steel manufacture.

A new building was erected and officially opened on 27th September 1900 under the directorship of John James Ogle. It was located where the Pembroke Centre now stands.

Bootle Municipal Technical College amalgamated with Bootle College of Art to become the Bootle College for Further Education.

The College was renamed Hugh Baird College of Further Education, in recognition of a prominent local mayor and college governor, in honour of his contribution to developing education in Bootle.

The opening of the Sports Hall and Sports Facilities - the focal point for all the College's sports courses, whilst also hosting many other events.

The Pembroke Centre opened - the centre for the College's courses in Construction, Engineering and Health & Social Care and Childcare.

The Sixth Form Centre is opened.

A large scale extension of the Pembroke Centre is opened.

Yana Williams is appointed as the College's Principal and Chief Executive.


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