Preston's College

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Coordinates: 53°47′02″N 2°42′02″W / 53.7839°N 2.7005°W / 53.7839; -2.7005

Preston's College
Established 1974
Admin. staff 23
Students 17,000
Location City of Preston, England, United Kingdom
Website www.preston.ac.uk

Preston's College is a further education college in the city of Preston, Lancashire, England. The college originally opened as W.R. Tuson College in September 1974 and was renamed Preston College on 1 September 1989.[1] In September 2013, the college changed its name from Preston College to Preston's College.[2]

Campus[edit]

The college had two main sites until mid-2011; the main campus on St. Vincent's Road in Fulwood and a smaller building located next to Moor Park. The college finished the build of a Btec building in mid-2011 upon the Fulwood campus; the building cost over one million pounds and replaced the Moor Park campus.

A £5m visual and performing arts centre was opened on the Fulwood site in January 2012.[3]

Courses[edit]

The college offers vocational subjects and academic courses at a sixth form college level.

Staff[edit]

As of 2008, the college chief executive was Willie Mills, a former principal of both the Northumberland College in Ashington and the City College in Manchester. He took up his post at Preston College in early 2007.

Alumni[edit]

During the 1980s, British Comedian Lenny Henry re-took his O Levels at the college whilst appearing in a summer comedy show in Blackpool.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "64478 Academic Prospectus 40pp" (PDF). School Leaver Sixth Form Guide 2008–2009. Preston College. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-10. "1974 In September the town’s new tertiary college officially opens. It is called W R Tuson College (after Preston’s Chief Education Officer) and is one of only 12 such colleges in England. W R Tuson College is unique in being the first in the country to offer a true union of academic and vocational courses, [..] 1989 To reflect its growing national profile, W R Tuson College is officially renamed Preston College on 1 September." [dead link]
  2. ^ "Apostrophe costs Preston’s College £25,000". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Preston College opens new £5m performing arts academy". BBC. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Lenny Henry's Preston memories". This is Lancashire. Newsquest Media Group. 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-10-11. "Henry left school without any qualifications but decided to retake his O levels at Preston College - then called WR Tuson College - while appearing in a summer season in Blackpool with Cannon and Ball in the early 1980s. [..] "I thought 'I'm going to do my O levels', which is a bizarre thing for a rock 'n' roll 21-year-old comedian to do."" 

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