Norton Radstock College

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Building with multiple glass windows seen at the end of a tree lined road. Sign says welcome to Norton Radstock College
Norton Radstock College

Norton Radstock College was a further education college in Westfield, Somerset serving Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Westfield, Keynsham and surrounding districts in Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and Somerset, England.

In April 2015 it merged into Bath College, which continued to operate on the Norton Radstock College site as the Bath College Somer Valley campus.[1][2][3]

It served 1000 full-time students and 5,000 part-time students. Courses ran at a range of specialist sites throughout the area, including Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and its main site in Radstock.

The College had steadily expanded since it opened in the 1940s to serve the Somerset coalfields.[4] As a Community College, it had expanded its range of vocational programmes, and had become an established part of the community. The college worked with local employers to provide training programmes that met the needs of both employers and employees. This ranged from short skills workshops, through to NVQs, BTEC, Higher National Diplomas and apprenticeships.[5]

Norton Radstock College had over 154 partners across 24 countries in Europe with whom it worked to develop vocational education and training through EU funded programmes such as Leonardo.

Merger[edit]

In late 2014, after years of financial problems and poor Ofsted reports, the college decided to merge with City of Bath College.[6][7]

In March 2015 the merger was confirmed, and the college announced that from April 2015 the merged college would be named Bath College. The Norton Radstock campus will be named Bath College Somer Valley, and the Bath campus will be named Bath College City Centre.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nancy Connolly (23 March 2015). "New name for City of Bath College". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ James Crawley (7 April 2015). "Bath College officially launches with merged campuses in Bath and Westfield". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "City of Bath College and Norton Radstock College merge". BBC. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Norton Radstock College". The Independent. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  5. ^ "Profile of Norton Radstock College". uk universities.net. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  6. ^ "City of Bath College to merge with Norton Radstock College". City of Bath College. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "City of Bath College to merge with Norton Radstock College". Bath Chronicle. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°17′24″N 2°27′06″W / 51.29000°N 2.45167°W / 51.29000; -2.45167