Richmond Adult Community College

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Richmond Adult Community College
Established 1996
First incarnation in 1895
Type Further education college
Principal Ms Christina Conroy
Location Parkshot
Richmond
Middlesex (Greater London)
TW9 2RE
England England Coordinates: 51°27′52″N 0°18′10″W / 51.4644°N 0.3029°W / 51.4644; -0.3029
Local authority London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
DfE number ???/8006
DfE URN 131095 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website RACC

Richmond Adult Community College is a further education college located in the Richmond area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, in South London, England.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3] The Clifden Centre is the former Twickenham County Grammar School for Girls (which became the comprehensive Twickenham Girls' School). The college is progressively relocating from the Clifden Centre to the main college campus, with consolidation expected by September 2014. The Clifden Centre is being vacated to make way for St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.[4]

Location[edit]

It is situated on Twickenham Road (A316) just west of the Richmond Circus roundabout with the A307. It is opposite the Old Deer Park, and just north of Richmond tube station.

Campuses[edit]

It has two sites:

  • Parkshot
  • Twickenham (Clifden Centre)

Courses[edit]

The college offers a range of courses including GCSEs, NVQs and Access courses. In addition, the college offers some higher education courses in conjunction with the University of Westminster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shene Grammar School Old Boys - History". Retrieved 11 February 2008. 
  2. ^ American architect and architecture, p19, Volume 49, J. R. Osgood & Co., 1895
  3. ^ a b "History of Richmond Adult Community College". Racc.ac.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Location - St Richard Reynolds Catholic College". Strichardreynolds.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 

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