Kingston College (England)

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Kingston College
Kingston College (England), Logo, Updated.jpg.png
Motto for further, higher and adult education
Established 1962
Type Public
Principal Peter Mayhew-Smith
Students 9,500 [1]
Location Kingston upon Thames, London.

Kingston College is a College of Further, Higher and Adult Education based in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England. It has three campuses in the town of Kingston. The main campus is the tallest building in the town and is based on Kingston Hall Road. The second campus is based on Richmond Road and is primarily used for the Arts. The third campus is at Anstee House on Wood Street and houses the Fashion and Media curriculum areas.

In February 2013, Ofsted awarded Kingston College Grade 2 – ‘Good’, making the College one of only a few London colleges with rising academic standards.

Situated in a thriving town centre, the College offers both academic and vocational courses from Levels 1 to 6 and provides students with a friendly, stimulating environment for study. From over 11,000 current students more than 600 take up places at university each year.


The origins of the College go back to 1899, when the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames built Science and Art Schools and a Technical Institute on the present main site of the College in Kingston Hall Road. The Victorian home of Kingston Technical College (as the institution was then known) survived till the 1960s, when major reconstruction work followed a local reorganisation of further and higher education.

In 1962 Kingston Technical College split into the present college of further education and a college of technology, now Kingston University. Because Kingston College and Kingston University have this common heritage, there remains a strong bond between them today which works to the benefit of students.[citation needed] Jointly run courses and close staff relations ensure that a ladder of educational opportunity is available for both full-time and part-time students from post-GCSE to first degree levels, and beyond.[2] So as to respond to growing student demand, Kingston College has over the past few years broadened the range of courses on offer to keep the curriculum abreast of new technology.[citation needed]



Peter Mayhew-Smith


The College is organised into 8 Schools:

  • 6th Form School
  • School of Art, Design and Media
  • School of Business
  • School of Care
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Hair, Beauty, Customer Service, Sports and Tourism
  • School of Performing Arts
  • School of Science and Computing


Deli KC[edit]

Deli KC is the College canteen and regular meeting spot for students. The canteen offers food at reasonable prices[citation needed] for students and staff only and is usually open throughout the college day.


Arena is a gym and sports complex available to the students of Kingston College as well as employees of Kingston Council. The facility is adjoined to the Kingston Hall Road Campus and is open between 12-3pm and 5-8pm Monday-Friday. The College uses these facilities for their Dance and Sport classes during the regular timetabled day. The Sports hall with seating for 500 spectators include five-a-side football, basketball, badminton, table tennis, fencing and trampolining.

As well as the sports complex, there is the Arena Hair & Beauty facility which offers a working hairdressers and salon. The latest training facility for the hair and beauty sector has been launched in central Kingston at Arena. This unique[citation needed] centre offers specialist facilities which benefit students, employers and clients alike.[citation needed]


The College also houses two theatres with the main being the Arthur Cotterell Theatre which the drama faculty uses to stage productions. The theatre is also used to greet and induct students at the beginning of the year.

Anstee House Centre[edit]

The Anstee House is a building dedicated to fashion and media students. It provides a fully equipped printed textile studio and industrial knitting machines, allowing for the further development of textile design within the National Diploma and Degree programmes. It is located at Wood Street, Kingston upon Thames. Lately, there are further plans to create a TV studio space to help create an industrial environment for the students.

Creative Industries Centre[edit]

A dramatic, curved £10million Creative Industries Centre, built alongside the Richmond Road Centre building, was opened by Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on March 27 2015, providing new facilities for programmes in Art & Design, Digital Arts, Fashion, Photography, Media and Interactive Media, Music, Music Technology, and Games Design. [3] Many programmes have transferred their classes to the new building, helping create an up-to-date environment for the Creative Industries. It replaced the satellite institution the Penny School Gallery, demolished in 2013.


Digital Arts[edit]

Annually BA (Hons) Digital Arts third year undergraduates showcase their artworks in a gallery or exhibition as an end of year finale. The most recent showcase 2014's degree show "Decahedron" ran from June 6th 2014 for private view and 7th to 9th for public view. [4] The showcase was located at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras New Church. Previous showcases were listed from 2005 "prime05", "pixel06", "", "cre08", "five09", "10byten", "un/orthodoxii" and 2013 "axiiis". [5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Proximity to Kingston[edit]

Kingston campuses are located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kingston.

Satellite institutions[edit]

  • Penny School Gallery


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°24′25″N 0°18′18″W / 51.4069°N 0.3050°W / 51.4069; -0.3050