Bishop Auckland College

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Bishop Auckland College
Type Further Education College
Principal Natalie Davison
Chairman of Governors Brian Allen
Location Bishop Auckland
Co Durham
DL14 6JZ
Local authority Durham
DfE URN 130657 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 8500
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16+

Bishop Auckland College (formerly Bishop Auckland Technical College) is a further education college located in the town of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. It is located on Woodhouse Lane next to St John's Catholic School, and opposite Bishop Barrington School (now Bishop Barrington Sports with Mathematics College).

Bishop Auckland College began life as a Technical Institute with classes being run in the Mechanics Institute in Victoria Avenue and other town centre locations. In September 1950 the Technical Institute was opened in the old Railway Offices, Station Approach. Enrolment in 1950/51 was 250 part-time day and evening students. Today that figure is almost 8,500.

It was the demand for engineering courses needed by local industry that led to the first buildings for the Bishop Auckland Technical College (now Bishop Auckland College) on Woodhouse Lane. This was formally opened by County Alderman F. Hunt JP on Wednesday 26 February 1958 at 2.30pm.

Brief Timeline:

  • 1950 - Technical Institute opened September 1950 in the old Railway Offices, Station Approach
  • 1958 - County Alderman F. Hunt JP formally opens Bishop Auckland Technical College on Woodhouse Lane
  • 1962 - New 4 storey block added including Gym and Library
  • 1988 - Access to Higher Education for adults
  • 1993 - New Corporation (governing body) established to govern the estate and staff of the College
  • 1994 - Joanna Tait appointed Principal/Chief Executive
  • 2007 - First phase of the brand new Bishop Auckland College opened to students
  • 2008 - HRH The Princess Royal officially opens first phase of the new building
  • 2010 - Anne Isherwood appointed Principal/Chief Executive

Since 1958 there have been only four other Principals prior to Anne Isherwood and these were Joanna Tait, H.F. Tirrell, H.A. Dickinson and Keith Byfield.

The college has approximately 8,500 students, most of whom are part-time, with around 1000 full-time students.[1]


  1. ^ Ofsted Inspection Report[permanent dead link], Ofsted. Retrieved on 2007-09-04.

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Coordinates: 54°39′03″N 1°41′45″W / 54.6509°N 1.6957°W / 54.6509; -1.6957