|Established||1 August 2008|
|Type||Further education college|
|DfE URN||130537 Tables|
|Colours||Aqua and Grey|
|Former name||Dewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College|
The college was formed on 1 August 2008 after the Dewsbury College Dissolution order  approved that the corporation of Dewsbury College be dissolved and all its property, rights and liabilities transferred to Huddersfield Technical College. On 1 August 2008 Huddersfield Technical College changed its name to Kirklees College.
Part of Dewsbury College is the former Wheelwright Grammar School for Boys. It had around 450 boys in the 1960s and was administered by the County Borough of Dewsbury Education Committee.
The Dewsbury centre has three campuses in and around Dewsbury:
- The Batley School of Art is on Birkdale Road.
- The main campus is on Halifax Road, Dewsbury, about 200 yards from the main site.[clarification needed]
- Wheelwright Campus is home to all of the art courses[clarification needed], but is also home to sports and fitness courses, due to the large playing field on its grounds. The centre operates an award winning Photographic course – BA Hons Contemporary Photographic Arts, a full-time three year honours degree from the University of Huddersfield. The course has a national reputation and has approval from the 'British Institute of Professional Photographers'.
A new campus has been constructed off Manchester Road, adjacent to the River Colne, just outside the Huddersfield town centre, at a projected cost of £85 million, to replace the New North Road Campus.[clarification needed]
The college's Taylor Hill Centre, on Close Hill Road in the Huddersfield suburb of Taylor Hill, provides full-time courses relating to animal care, land-based studies, conservation and countryside management.
The Leeds Metropolitan University validates the School of Art and Designs' flagship course B.A.Hons "Fine Art for Design", an internationally renowned and award winning course. Art, Design & Fashion. Since its creation in 1998 by Eve Jones and Richard Gray, students have gone on to study at The Royal College of Art, won the Unilever graduate of the year award and many other national and international prizes. The course exhibits in London every year at Free Range at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick lane.
In November 2010 the college paid £5,000 compensation in a private settlement to a blind student, Tmara Senior, after legal action was taken against the school, for bullying by a teacher and other students in 2008. Tmara Senior and her husband Wayne, who is also blind said that they think it’s important that what happened to Tmara shouldn’t be “covered up” and “forgotten”.
Huddersfield Technical College
- Sir David Brown, engineer who founded David Brown Tractors Ltd in 1935
- Anthony Flinn, chef
- Justin Hawkins, musician
- Hervey Rhodes, Baron Rhodes, Labour MP from 1945–64 for Ashton-under-Lyne
- Sir William Swallow, Managing Director from 1961–5 of Vauxhall Motors (Chairman from 1961–6)
- Marcel van Cleemput, toy designer
- Cousin Silas, musician
- Betty Boothroyd, Labour MP from 1973–4 for West Bromwich and from 1974–2000 for West Bromwich West
- Walter Harrison, Labour MP from 1964–87 for Wakefield
- Keith Hellawell, Chief Constable from 1993–8 of West Yorkshire Police and from 1990–3 of Cleveland Police
- Andi Watson, cartoonist
- Victoria O'Keefe (1969–1990), stage and film actor best known for playing nuclear war survivor Jane Beckett in made-for-TV movie "Threads" (1984).
Wheelwright Grammar School for Boys
- Richard Alexander, Conservative MP from 1979–97 for Newark
- John Dunning CBE, Director from 1955–72 of the Rocket Propulsion Establishment at Westcott, Buckinghamshire
- Robin Esser, Editor from 1986–9 of the Sunday Express
- William George Fearnsides, Sorby Professor of Geology from 1913–45 at the University of Sheffield
- Joseph Fitton, Chief General Manager in 1956 of the Midland Bank
- Philip Fothergill,
- Leslie Fox, mathematician
- Sir Marcus Fox, Conservative MP from 1970–97 for Shipley
- Larry Hirst CBE, Chairman since 2008 of IBN Europe, Middle East and Africa
- Prof Tom Kilburn CBE, worked with Frederic Calland Williams to produce the Manchester Mark 1 known as Baby in 1946, one of the first computers, and Professor of Computer Science from 1964–81 at the University of Manchester
- John Morrell, BBC producer of Children in Need and That's Life!
- Tony Nicholson, cricketer
- Donald Sadler OBE, President from 1967–9 of the Royal Astronomical Society
- William Senior CBE, Chief Dental Officer from 1947–61
- Air Commodore Edmund Stockwell CB, Command Education Officer from 1968–72 of RAF Training Command
- Dr Percy Walker CBE, aeronautical engineer, who helped design the Hawker Hurricane, and later was largely responsible at the Royal Aircraft Establishment for discovering that metal fatigue caused the first de Havilland Comet airliners to crash
- Eddie Waring, rugby league commentator
- University of Huddersfield – from 1896–1956 also known as Huddersfield Technical College, then Huddersfield College of Technology until 1970
- "Batley School of Art". Kirklees College. 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "Batley School Of Art, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Wheelwright Centre, Birkdale Road". cylex-uk. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "Sport". Kirklees College. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Colleges in Wheelwright Campus, Birkdale Road, Dewsbury.". kyotee.co.uk. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Kirklees College gets go ahead to move to new £85m Huddersfield site". Huddersfield Examiner.
- "Work officially begins on new Kirklees College site". Huddersfield Examiner.
- "Kirklees College – Taylor Hill Centre". Kirklees Council. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- "Art, Design & Fashion". Kirklees College. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Free Range – Europe's largest showcase of graduate art & design". Free Range. 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "Kirklees College pay bullied blind woman £5,000 in private settlement". Huddersfield Examiner. 30 November 2010.