Richmond Adult Community College
|Type||Further education college|
|Principal||Ms Christina Conroy|
|DfE URN||131095 Tables|
The college traces its roots to the 19th century as a Technical Institute. In the latter part of the 19th century there was no reasonable secondary education in Barnes and Richmond for miles around except for those who could afford private tuition or send their children many miles to school. In the most populous areas of Surrey, (e.g. Sutton, Wimbledon and Richmond) parents were for the most part obliged to be content to give their children an elementary education. Richmond County was to be one of a series of new technical buildings erected or being erected by the county council in the seven principal towns of the county. The site was opened on 2 July 1895 on land in Kew Road, Richmond and was fee paying. The buildings occupied a prominent site on the Kew Road at the corner of Selwyn Avenue. This building housed both the Technical Institute and secondary school. When the school merged with Sheen Grammar School in 1939 the school moved out of the Kew Road premises leaving the Technical Institute as sole occupants of the Kew Road site.
The Technical Institute continued up to the Second World War when it was put on a war-time basis and used as an A.R.P (Air Raid Precautions) and ambulance depot. It was revived as the Technical Institute and School of Art for Richmond and Barnes in 1947 and in 1954 renamed as the Richmond Institute of Further Education. In 1970 it became the Richmond Adult College and in 1978 transferred to the Parkshot site, vacant with the closure of Richmond County School for Girls and as the Richmond Adult & Community College remains at that site. The college also previously occupied The Clifden Centre in Twickenham, the campus of the former Twickenham County Grammar School for Girls (which became the comprehensive Twickenham Girls' School). The college relocated from the Clifden Centre to the main college campus in September 2014, making way for St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.
- "Shene Grammar School Old Boys - History". Retrieved 11 February 2008.
- American architect and architecture, p19, Volume 49, J. R. Osgood & Co., 1895
- "History of Richmond Adult Community College". Racc.ac.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- "Location - St Richard Reynolds Catholic College". Strichardreynolds.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-05.