Derby College

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Derby College
Established 2000 (merger)
Type FE College
Principal Mandie Stravino
Location Roundhouse Road
DE24 8JE
52°55′24″N 1°31′29″W / 52.92346°N 1.52474°W / 52.92346; -1.52474Coordinates: 52°55′24″N 1°31′29″W / 52.92346°N 1.52474°W / 52.92346; -1.52474
Local authority Derby
DfE URN 133585 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 1500
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14–99
Website Derby College

Derby College is a further education centre with sites located within Derbyshire (Derby and South East Derbyshire – Ilkeston, Morley & Heanor), England and the surrounding area. The college is a member of the Collab Group of high-performing further-education institutions.[1]


Derby College of Higher Education split from Derby College of Further Education (FE) during the 1960s. Derby FE was primarily targeted at part-time students from engineering companies such as Rolls-Royce and British Rail. This provision continued through to the 1980s until a major restructuring of industry and the apprenticeship system. The FE colleges then took on different types of students and evolved into new areas.

In 1989 Derbyshire County Council was responsible for education, and formed two Tertiary colleges, Wilmorton and Mackworth to serve different parts of the city.

Mackworth Campus[edit]

This was opened on the site of the former Parkfield Cedars Grammar School, which moved there in 1969. It became a comprehensive school, then became Mackworth College in 1989. In 1997 there were plans to merge with the University of Derby, but these stalled in 1998.

The building has a 1969 glass-tile mural by the artist Alan Boyson, but this is now hidden behind a partition wall.[2]

Wilmorton Campus[edit]

The former Wilmorton College in April 2005

This was situated at the current junction of the Wilmorton Link and London Road on the A6. This was some distance from the town centre.

Broomfield Campus[edit]

Is situated in the ground of Broomfield Hall. Built in 1873, it was originally the country home of Charles Schwind, and became the Derbyshire Farm Institute. The former students of Broomfield Hall alumni association is called – Broomfield Old Students Association (BOSA).

Ilkeston Campus[edit]

Is situated in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and began as Ilkeston College of Further Education on 14 September 1953. The official opening ceremony took place on 25 June 1954, the college became South East Derbyshire College of Further Education in 1966. When it opened, in 1974, a site in Heanor on the former Heanor Grammar School was an annex of the main college. Heanor Grammar School closed in 1976, it had around 550 boys and girls. Geoffrey Stone was the headmaster for twenty years and became Principal. In 2010 Derby College in Ilkeston was formed between the merges of three campuses of the college that where situated in Ilkeston and Heanor. The former Field Road and Cavendish Road campus were both auctioned off in 2013 and newly built campus was opened in 2014 on the grounds of the Old Magistrates Court in Ilkeston.[3] In 2015 Derby College scrapped plans to turn the remaining Heanor campus into a new education facility.[4]


Derby College was established as a single institution in 2002 by merging three further education colleges: Mackworth Tertiary College, Wilmorton Tertiary College and Broomfield Agricultural College.[5] Since then Wilmorton College has been demolished and turned into a housing estate; and Derby College has built two new purpose built sites; The Joseph Wright Centre (JWC), which specialises in A' levels and in 2010 Derby College reported a 99% success rate for the second year in a row. The Roundhouse redevelopment is the College's flagship site with a focus on vocational qualifications. A merger between South East Derbyshire College and Derby College was approved on 2 February 2010.[6]


The college offers a wide variety of courses at various levels of education. Working with Key Stage 4 in the 14 – 16 curriculum through to Foundation degree and continued professional development.

Students' Union[edit]

The Derby College Student's Union (DCSU) was voted FE Student's Union of the Year 2008. [7]


Derby College has a number of campuses across Derbyshire:

The Roundhouse[edit]

Officially opened in 2010 by the Princess Royal and accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire. The Roundhouse (RH) is dedicated to vocational and BTEC courses such as ICT, Construction, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Art & Design and Catering & Hospitality.

As part of the Hair & Beauty faculty and also the Catering and Hospitality course, the Roundhouse incorporates the SENSI hairdressing, holistics & beauty salon, and The Engine Shed Restaurant, which are open to the public. The Roundhouse is also the home of the main Derby College Student Union (DCSU) office.

The Roundhouse – Johnson Building (JB)[edit]

The Johnson Annex on Locomotive Way, Pride Park, is the Sports and Automotive centre for Derby College. It is also the centre for Corporate College @ Derby College, a "skills solution provider" for companies.Conference facilities are available on this site.

The Roundhouse – Hudson Building[edit]

The Hudson (HB) Building on Locomotive Way, Pride Park, is the Construction centre for Derby College.

Joseph Wright Centre[edit]

Joseph Wright Centre (JWC) – Located in Derby City Centre. This site holds over 1,500 students and has three floors, ground, first, second and third floors. With access for disabled students, there are two lifts going both up and down the building and a third in the extension. A canteen is also at the students service. This site is a sixth form college. It opened in 2005, and was extended in the next two years. Courses include A' Levels (Choice of 35 including extended project), Music, Media, ICT Level 3.

The new Joseph Wright Sixth Form College

Broomfield Hall[edit]

Broomfield Hall (BH) – Located on the A608 near Morley, Ilkeston, with 450 acres (1.8 km2) of land and was built in 1870. This site has residential housing for students. It is the home to Aboriculture, Agriculture, Animal Care, Conservation and Countryside, Equine, Floristry and Flower Arranging, Horticulture and Public Services courses. The Pathway to Independence programme is based at this site for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. This used to be an independent agricultural college. It is also technically outside of Derby LEA, in Derbyshire and the Erewash district.

The Derby Japanese School (ダービー日本人補習校 Dābī Nihonjin Hoshūkō), a Japanese weekend school, holds its classes in Broomfield Hall.[8]


The Ilkeston campus is a purpose built community campus in the heart of Ilkeston town centre.

Employment World @ Derby College (EW)[edit]

'Employment World @ Derby College' is based at St Peter's House. It works with unemployed people to equip them with the skills required to rejoin the workforce.

Working directly with employers and partners the programmes are available to individuals aged 18+ and are targeted at labour market opportunities. Courses also lead to a full Level 2 or Level 3 Qualification.

Derby College IT Learning Centres[edit]

The Learning Centres offer courses in functional skills such as IT, either for beginners or for those who feel they have advanced computing skills. Closed in 2014.

The entrance of the Joseph Wright centre

The Derby College Group[edit]

Merrill Academy[edit]

[9] Since January 2013 Derby College is also the sponsor for Merrill Academy

University Technical College[edit]

[10] In March 2013 the Department for Education announced a successful bid had been approved for a University Technical College Derby College is working with the University of Derby, Rolls Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and Derby City Council to deliver education and training of young people aged 14 to 19, it will provide normal curriculum studies alongside engineering and technology skills promotion.

Roundhouse events[edit]

The Roundhouse itself has been recorded by the Guinness World Records as the first roundhouse built in 1839 by the North Midland Railway and is a registered historic site.[citation needed]

The Roundhouse has hosted a number of high-profile events and conferences, including International Women's Day celebration and BBC One's Question Time.

Former sites[edit]

Masons Place[edit]

Masons Place (MP) – Located in Chaddesden. This site delivered Brickwork, Plastering, Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical Installation, Manufacturing, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing & Gas Training, Professional Construction and Road Haulage courses, in addition to some of the Engineering and Rolls-Royce Learning & Career Development courses.

Prince Charles Avenue[edit]

Prince Charles Avenue (PCA) – Was located in the Mackworth Estate, Derby. It was one of the founding sites of Derby College.


Mackworth College[edit]

  • Professor Graham Martin MA (Oxon), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Nottingham), FHEA, Professor of Health Organisation and Policy, University of Leicester (1995–97)
  • Professor Justin Waring BA(Hons) (Liv), MSc (Birm), PhD Nottingham, FRSA, Professor of Organisational Sociology, University of Nottingham (1994–95)

Wilmorton College[edit]

  • Jeremy Groombridge CB, Director of Transformation and Product Management at Jobcentre Plus since 2006

Parkfields Cedars Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "Collab Group". Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Readers help solve mural site puzzle – but can it be saved?". Derby Telegraph. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Hawley, Zena (6 February 2013). "Work starts on Derby College's new £10m campus in Ilkeston". Derby Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Agents say lots of interest in campus". Ripley and Heanor News. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  5. ^ "Home". Derby College. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  7. ^ "NUS Impact Report 2008" (PDF) (Press release). National Union of Students. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  8. ^ "ダービー日本人補習校 (Derby Japanese School)." Derby Japanese School. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. " c/o Derby College Broomfield Hall, Morley Ilkeston, Derby DE7 6DN UK"
  9. ^ "Merrill". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Employment Skills Set For Boost at New University Technical College". Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.

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