Weston College is a further education college situated in Weston-super-Mare, England. The college has 7,500 students who are taught at facilities in Weston-super-Mare and Nailsea. The courses lead to qualifications including A-level, BTEC, and ECDL awards; the college also creates courses for industry, and runs some university-level courses, such as Bath Spa University's Foundation Degree in Performing Arts). The college is funded by public money via the Learning and Skills Council. The college also contains a pupil referral unit, which provides education for students aged 15 to 16 who have been excluded from mainstream secondary schools in the area.
The origin of the college can be traced back to 1859 when private classes were offered by Henry Stacy in drawing and painting at Oriel Terrace. This was followed by a School of Art which opened in 1865 following public donations. The college's Hans Price Gallery which was used to exhibit work by college students and local artists, was housed in the former School of Science and Art on Lower Church Road, designed by local architect Hans Price.
The main college building is situated close to the town centre and beach and forms, along with the recently refurbished conference centre, the Knightstone Campus. This was formerly Weston-super-Mare Technical College. Opened in 1970, it is the tallest building in the town with nine operational floors.
The former Broadoak Sixth Form Centre on Loxton Road at the south end of the town was demolished in 2006. The new University Campus opened on the same site in September 2007 to provide sixth form facilities and also be the centre for degree courses. The sixth form is housed in the Jill Dando Centre, named after former Broadoak Sixth Form pupil, Jill Dando.
Alongside this there are two other main sites. The South West Skills Campus and the Business Enterprise Centre both situated close to the town. Weston College also owns The Old Arts College, which was formerly known as the Hans Price Gallery, but is now a conference centre. The building is a grade II listed building. The newly refurbished conference centre is located next door to Knightstone Campus.
Below is a list of the main staff that compromise the management team at Weston College:
- Paul Phillips OBE — Principal and chief executive
- Judi Harper — Vice Principal – Curriculum, Performance and Strategy
- Andrea Greer — Executive Director of College Services and Responsiveness
- Linda Burlison — Executive Director of Commercial Services
- Peggy Tove — Executive Director of Funding and Enterprise
- Marcus Holder — Director of Finance
- Nick Skyrme — Lead Advisor — Finance and Estates
Exam results as of March 2011.
- Apprenticeship pass rate – 100% (during 2009/10)
- A Level pass rate – 99.8% grades A-E (80.3% grades A-C)
- BTEC National Diploma – 100%
- BTEC First Diploma – 98%
- NVQ levels 2 and 3 – 100%
SAIL pupil referral unit
Weston College is home to the SAIL Pupil Referral Unit, which provides secondary education to around 16-year 11 students, aged 15 to 16. These students are still of compulsory education age, but cannot be educated in local schools for reasons such as illness, exclusion, or behavioural problems. The unit has been praised by Ofsted for successfully re-engaging excluded students, and ensuring that virtually all of them move on to college, training or employment when they leave.
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