Thomas Rotherham College
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Thomas Rotherham College is a college for 16 to 19 year olds, founded in 1967. It is located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the top of a hill, off Moorgate Road (A618), next to Boston Castle. The principal is Richard Williams.
The college has its origins in Rotherham Grammar School (founded 1483), whose buildings it took over. In the 1960s, the Grammar School had around 600 boys and was administered by the County Borough of Rotherham Education Committee.
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The Thomas Rotherham College took its name from the fifteenth century prelate and statesman Thomas Rotherham, the original founder of the Grammar School. Thomas Rotherham was archbishop of York from 1480 until his death in 1500. He was at various times an ambassador, and keeper of the Privy Seal. Twice, he was Lord Chancellor of England.
The Thomas Rotherham College took its first intake of students in September 1967. It was formally inaugurated by Thomas Rotherham's successor as Archbishop of York, Donald Coggan. Dr Coggan was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1974.
For the first few years, the Grammar School and the new Thomas Rotherham College operated alongside each other in the same buildings, until the last of the Grammar School boys reached the sixth form (circa. 1971).
By the early 1970s the College had 400 students, and 500 by the mid-1980s.
The College building (1876)
The main building of what is now the Thomas Rotherham College was built as a theological college training ministers for Congregational churches. The site (originally 8.5 acres) had been bought in 1870, for £3,200. But, the building project was delayed owing to the commercial upheaval arising from the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war. The building was eventually executed in "collegiate Gothic" at a cost of £23,000, and it was opened on 20 September 1876.
The new Rotherham Congregational College was then in use for only twelve years. In 1888, it amalgamated with the Congregational College at Bradford and the merged college operated from the Bradford premises. The Rotherham building was no longer needed and it was sold to become the premises of the Rotherham Grammar School. The School moved in around 1890.
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- Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed
- Donald Bailey (civil engineer)
- Nigel Croft, Chairman of the ISO Technical Committee TC176/SC2, responsible for the ISO 9000 Quality Standards*
- James Cusack, radio presenter
- Justine Greening, Conservative MP since 2005 for Putney
- James May, TV presenter
- Sergeant Ian McKay VC. Awarded the Victoria Cross in the Falklands conflict
- The formal inauguration by Dr Coggan took place during 1968.
- The last intake of Grammar School boys was in September 1966.
- Information derived from the book "Yorkshire United Independent College - two hundred years of training for the Christian ministry by the Congregational churches of Yorkshire", by Revd Kenneth W Wadsworth MA; published by Independent Press, London, 1954.