Vision West Nottinghamshire College

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Vision West Nottinghamshire College
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Established 1928 as a Technical College
Type Further Education College
Religion Non-denominational
Principal & Chief Executive Dame Asha Khemka, DBE, OBE
Deputy Principal (Teaching) Patricia Harman
Vice Principal (Business) Graham Howe
Chair of the Corporation Board Nevil Croston
Location Derby Road
NG18 5BH
Local authority Nottinghamshire
DfE URN 130777 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students about 19,000 full and part-time
Gender Mixed
Ages 14–65
Website Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Vision West Nottinghamshire College is the trading name of West Nottinghamshire College, a further education college having the two main campuses situated in Mansfield, with smaller sites at nearby Sutton in Ashfield and Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England.[1]

The College of Further Education was formed in the 1970s[1] by combining elements of an old Technical College dating back to 1928[2] and adjacent College of Arts dating from 1930[3] in Mansfield town centre with a newer, main Technical College established in 1960 at a large development on former-farmland at Derby Road, on the outskirts of Mansfield.[4][5] Both sites remain in use, and the college provides dedicated shuttle-buses around the locality from the different sites.

The Derby Road Campus in 2005, showing adjacent farmland in the foreground, with Derby Road running directly alongside at the rear of the building


The college offers further education to approximately 19,000 students in full and part-time education including courses for 14 - 16 year olds in collaboration with local schools. The programmes include the majority of 'A' Level courses, access to higher education,[5] and vocational apprenticeships which include bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, gas fitting, painting and decorating, construction management, driving passenger vehicles, forklift truck driving and railway engineering.[6] A variety of community and adult courses is also provided across the local area. The college has a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status for engineering, specialised construction, logistics and care.[5] A 2008 Ofsted report accorded the school Grade 1 (outstanding) on all inspection points,[5] but at the 2012 inspection the college ratings lowered from Outstanding to good overall with some satisfactory areas and some inadequate.[7]

Former Technical and Art College site, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield


After opening as a new-build Technical College in 1960,[4] the Derby Road site became locally known as Derby Road Tech. Before the 1970s combining, the previous incarnations of the Colleges were originally known as West Nottinghamshire Technical College[8] and College of Arts,[9] becoming West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education.

A change in the law – the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 – allowed colleges to become Incorporated and run semi-automanously, in this case becoming the Corporation of West Nottinghamshire College,[10] with finances changing from local authority control to that of the Further Education Funding Council in April 1993.[11]

The college re-branded itself to Vision West Notts in September 2011.[12] Shortly after however the college re-branding itself again to its current trading name of Vision West Nottinghamshire College.

The formal title is West Nottinghamshire College, as quoted in the official Ofsted report of June 2012,[5][10] although it is often referred to using the shortened-form 'West Notts College'[1] and other variations, particularly as seen on the College's two main social media presences.

Campuses and sites[edit]

Shuttle buses waiting for students to embark in Mansfield town centre

The main college campus is the Derby Road campus in the south of Mansfield, a smaller Chesterfield Road campus is located in Mansfield Town Centre. Several smaller sites including a logistics and construction academy in Kirkby-in-Ashfield for 600 students known as Station Park Campus, and around 100 further affiliated outreach venues in the Mansfield and Ashfield area and the largely urban corridor along the M1 motorway route between the counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.[5]

Royal visit[edit]

On 20 February 2009, the college's Construction and Skills Logistics Academy was visited by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark his visit to the new Construction and Logistics Skills Academy.[13]

The Inspire and Achieve Foundation[edit]

In 2009, college principal Asha Khemka established the Inspire & Achieve Foundation. The Foundation is a registered charity created to improve the prospects of young people from regeneration areas such as Mansfield.[14][15]

Dame Asha Khemka, Principal[edit]

Principal Asha Khemka was awarded a DBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2014, becoming Dame Asha Khemka having already received OBE in 2009. Asha has been Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College since May 2006, succeeding Di McEvoy-Robinson.[15]


  1. ^ a b c [1] Telegraph. Vision West Nottinghamshire College guide. Retrieved 2013-12-31
  2. ^ [2] 'Our Mansfield and Area' website administered by Mansfield District Council Museum ANNALS OF MANSFIELD - 'Timeline' "24 October 1928. The Mansfield Technical College, Chesterfield Road South, was officially opened by Lord Chelmsford" Retrieved 2013-12-31
  3. ^ [3] 'Our Mansfield and Area' website administered by Mansfield District Council Museum ANNALS OF MANSFIELD - 'Timeline' "19 November 1930. The Nottinghamshire County School of Art, at the rear of the Technical College, was officially opened by Mr. T. L. K. Edge" Retrieved 2013-12-31
  4. ^ a b [4] 'Our Mansfield and Area' website administered by Mansfield District Council Museum ANNALS OF MANSFIELD - 'Timeline' "15 November 1960. West Nottinghamshire Technical College, Derby Road, officially opened by Mr. (later Lord) Alfred Robens" Retrieved 2013-12-31
  5. ^ a b c d e f Ofsted Retrieved 12 October 2010
  6. ^ wnc press release Retrieved 12 october 2010
  7. ^ "West Nottinghamshire College inspection 2012.". OFSTED. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  8. ^ 1973 Mansfield Directory, Street Plan and Guide, published by Linney of Mansfield. p.29 and p.108 West Nottinghamshire Technical College, Derby Road, Mansfield. Principal: Mr R. F. Beaton Accessed 2013-12-31
  9. ^ 1973 Mansfield Directory, Street Plan and Guide, published by Linney of Mansfield. p.71 College of Arts, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield. Principal: Mr E. S. Morton Accessed 2013-12-31
  10. ^ a b [5] West Nottinghamshire College. Report and Financial Statements for the period ending 31 July 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-31
  11. ^ [6] 'Our Mansfield and Area' website administered by Mansfield District Council Museum ANNALS OF MANSFIELD - 'Timeline' "1993, 1 April. West Nottinghamshire College was transferred from local authority control to that of the Further Education Funding Council." Retrieved 2014-01-26
  12. ^ Summers, Nick (23 September 2011). "When FE colleges choose not to call themselves ‘colleges’". FE Week. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Royal visit Retrieved 12 October 2010
  14. ^ Inspire Achieve Foundation
  15. ^ a b [7] Chad, local newspaper, 31 December 2013 New Years Honour for West Notts chief Retrieved 2013-12-31