Halesowen College of Further Education
|Local authority||Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council|
|DfE URN||130476 Tables|
|Telephone||0121 602 7777|
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2007)|
Halesowen College is a college for students of above school leaving age in Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands. The college also has a Business Centre about a mile away at Coombswood that opened in September 1999.
From 1985 to 2003, the Walton Campus (previously Walton Girls School) was part of Halesowen College.
The college was founded in 1966 and on its completion consisted of one large building – now known as Block 0.
Its current principal is Mr Keith Bate, who was appointed in September 1999 to replace Dr Stephen Griffiths.
Four more buildings (Block 1, Block 2, Block 3 and Block 4) were built in 1982 when the college underwent the most significant transformation in its history as part of a reorganisation of education in Halesowen, which saw sixth form facilities withdrawn from secondary schools as well as compulsory education being reorganised to traditional infant, junior and secondary schools from the three-tier system that had been introduced 10 years earlier. This was a landmark change in education in the Dudley borough, sparking a similar reorganisation in the rest of the borough at the turn of the 1990s.
Block 5 was opened in 1997 to accommodate a new library and learning centre. Block 6 (Sports Studies) and Block 7 (ICT and Performing Arts) were opened in spring 2003 to replace the facilities at the Walton Campus, which was sold off to make way for a housing estate. The new building was officially opened on 22 September 2003 by Charles Clarke, the education minister. 
Halesowen College purchased Shenstone House office block, on Dudley Road, in the summer of 2005 and converted into a Health and Beauty academy.
The original Halesowen College building. Accommodates a refectory (known to students as the 'refec'), MASH (Maths and Science Hub) computer suite, Science laboratories and Animal Care centre. Was built in 1966 and there are plans afoot for complete reconstruction of the block. The block was extended to include an admissions centre in 1982 but refurbishment in 2003 saw this area converted into a computer suite called the Hawne Room. Students based here study many courses, from Animal Care and Separate sciences to Applied science courses such as forensics and medicine.
Part of the building was demolished in 2008 to make way for a new building which forms the first phase of a complete replacement of Block 0; it was completed in the summer of 2009 and the phased rebuilding is set to be ready by the end of 2012.
One of four blocks which were added in 1982. Includes a lecture theatre, TALC (The Atrium Learning Centre) as well as classrooms for Business Studies and Travel & Tourism and the senior management offices.
The second of four blocks which were added in 1982. Houses the Staff Centre and, since 2003, the Admissions Centre. Also includes a Skills Centre and Individual Needs Office.
The third of four blocks which were added in 1982. Houses the college's Art & Design department and the Earth Science's Department.
The last of the four blocks which were added in 1982. Houses the Mathematics, English, History, Government and Politics and Modern Languages departments and also Collegiate base.
Constructed in 1997. Includes multi-purpose classrooms for academic subjects which feature movable wall panels. The library and learning centre covered most of the upstairs of the building until it was reduced in size in 2003 following the opening of several learning centres across the college. Part of the former library and learning centre is now occupied by the Religious Studies department. There are also two ICT suites – 5 ICT and the Matrix.
Constructed in 2003. Houses the Sports Studies department and a sports hall which is also used for examinations.
Constructed in 2003. Houses Media, Music and Performing Arts departments. (And ICT till 2011 when block 9 was Constructed.)
Constructed in the autumn of 2011. Houses Computing,ICT,Science and Animal care. ICT and Computing moved here from Block 7.
Is currently being constructed and is expected to be completed by the autumn of 2013.
Coombswood E-Business centre
Walton Campus (defunct)
The former Walton Girls School became part of Halesowen College on its closure in 1985. It housed departments including ICT and Animal Care. Some of the facilities were replaced by the Coombswood E Business Centre in 1999 and the campus was finally closed in 2003 following the completion of Block 6 and Block 7 at the main Whittingham Road Campus. The Walton Campus was demolished in the autumn of 2003 and is now the site of a private housing estate built by Barratt Homes.
Famous students and staff
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The T.V comedian Frank Skinner taught at Halesowen College during the late 1980s when he was still known as Christopher Collins and had yet to begin his full-time comedy career.
Pop Will Eat Itself bassist Richard March who also enjoyed success in Bentley Rhythm Ace, is a staff member at the college. Alongside him is former drummer of PWEI and BRA, Fuzz Townshend, who is a part-time worker at the college and appears twice a week to tutor music to students.
Also is Birmingham's poet laureate Roshan Doug, who teaches English at the college
David Allen Green, lawyer and legal writer.