Kingston College (England)
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Kingston College is a College of Further, Higher and Adult Education based in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England. It has five 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 part of the campus is an SLDD provision at the North Kingston Centre. The fourth campus is at Anstee House on Wood Street and houses the Fashion, Media and English Language Teaching curriculum areas. The fifth and most recent addition is St James's House in Kingston housing teaching education and many of the college's administration functions.
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. 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. 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.
The College is organised into 11 Schools:
- School of A Level and Access
- School of Art, Design and Media
- School of Business
- School of Care
- School of Engineering
- School of Foundation and Intermediate Learning
- School of Hair, Beauty, Customer Service and Tourism
- School of Performing Arts
- School of Professional and Management Studies
- School of Science and Computing
- School of Sport and Leisure
Deli KC is the College canteen and regular meeting spot for students. The canteen offers food at reasonable prices 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 centre offers specialist facilities which benefit students, employers and clients alike.
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.
- Cyril Joe Barton, VC
- Eric Clapton
- Sandy Denny
- Noel Edmonds
- Andrew MacKinlay, MP
- David Nash, artist
- Edward Woodward, actor
- Edwina Currie taught as a lecturer at Kingston in the 1970s
- Dominic Bruce former College Principal, famous Colditz prisoner.
Proximity to Kingston
Kingston campuses are located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kingston.
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