Middlesbrough College

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Middlesbrough College
Middlesbrough College 2010a.jpg
Established 1 August 1995
Type Further education college
Principal Mr Mike Hopkins
Location Middlehaven
Dock Street

North Yorkshire
England England Coordinates: 54°34′48″N 1°13′41″W / 54.58000°N 1.22816°W / 54.58000; -1.22816
Local authority Middlesbrough
DfE number 806/8007
DfE URN 130570 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students c. 16,000
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College, located on one campus at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough, England, is the largest college in the Tees Valley.


It provides predominantly further education, but also selected higher education provision, and until 2008, existed on four different sites across the town (Marton, Acklam, Kirby and Longlands). It currently[when?] has 16,000 students. Middlesbrough College was one of Tees Valley Regeneration's major redevelopment projects.

It is situated just north of the A66, between the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge and the Riverside Stadium, close to Middlesbrough city centre on Middlesbrough dock and the dock tower.

History and estates[edit]

Former schools[edit]

Three of the pre-2008 sites were those of the former grammar schools when run by the Middlesbrough Education Committee:

  • the boys-only Acklam Hall Grammar School for Boys – had existed since 1935
  • the girls-only Kirby Grammar School on the corner of Roman Road and Orchard Road in Linthorpe built in 1911
  • Middlesbrough High School – on Albert Road before 1960, and then on Marton Road.

Acklam Hall Grammar School had 600 boys in the mid-1960s. It merged with Kirby to form Acklam High School, a comprehensive school, in 1968. This school then further changed in 1974 to Acklam Sixth Form College and King's Manor 11–16 School. The King's Manor School suffered a fire and moved across the road, Hall Drive, to share a site with Hall Garth School (now Hall Garth Community Arts College).

Middlesbrough High School for Girls was on Dunning Street. It had 450 girls in the 1950s, and 600 in 1962. Middlesbrough High School for Boys had around 450 boys in the 1950s, and 600 in the mid-1960s. The boys' and girls' schools, both three-form entry schools, merged in September 1967 to form Middlesbrough High School, an ages 13–18 comprehensive with around 1,200 boys and girls and 500 in the sixth form. Middlesbrough High School became Middlesbrough and Marton Sixth Form College in 1974. In April 1974, the school had been taken over by the Country of Cleveland (Cleveland County Council).

Former colleges[edit]

Longlands College of Further Education was on Douglas Street which opened in 1957, and at first partly used by the Constantine Technical College. It was near the junction of Marton Road (A172) and Longlands Road (A1085) just west of North Ormesby.

Kirby College of Further Education was separate and established in 1968 on Roman Road. It had departments such as Food and Fashion, Catering, Hairdressing, and Business Studies, and taught single O-level subjects (re-takes or part-time). It was not used as a sixth form college.

Foundation through two mergers[edit]

Teesside Tertiary College was created on 1 August 1995 by the merger of the Longlands College of Further Education and the Middlesbrough and Marton Sixth Form College, and was based on Marton Road next to the James Cook University Hospital.

Middlesbrough College was formed when Kirby College of Further Education, Middlesbrough merged with Acklam Sixth Form College, Middlesbrough on the same date. From 1992, these two colleges had been funded by the Further Education Funding Council for England. In 1995, Teesside Tertiary College offered £1,200 for every person signing up for A-level course who had eight A grades at GCSE.

Merger and move to new site[edit]

Main Building

It grew by merging with Teesside Tertiary College on 1 August 2002, adding two more sites. Since 2001, these colleges had been funded by the Learning and Skills Council for England. In summer 2008, the four sites were consolidated onto a single site at Middlehaven.[1] Building began for the new site in early 2007.

The 18-acre (73,000 m2) Marton Campus will become 275 houses built by Taylor Woodrow. Its three sports halls were demolished, but the three football pitches were kept by the college. The 9-acre (36,000 m2) Kirby Campus will have 84 houses and 53 apartments built on it by Taylor Woodrow. The former Kirby Grammar School will become 21 apartments. The 9-acre (36,000 m2) Longlands Campus will become 104 houses built by Taylor Woodrow. This includes the former playing field and sports hall.

Former sites[edit]

The college previously had four sites.

  • Marton Road (Marton Campus)
  • Douglas Street (Longlands Campus)
  • Roman Road (Kirby Campus)
  • Hall Drive (Acklam Campus)


Courses range from university-oriented academics to vocational education. Selected higher education courses exist by virtue of an indirectly-funded partnership arrangement with the Teesside University.


Acklam Hall Grammar School for Boys[edit]

Middlesbrough High School for Boys[edit]

Kirby Grammar School[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Home page". Middlesbrough College. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 

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