Halesowen College of Further Education

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Halesowen College
Halesowen College Logo.png
Type Further Education
Principal Keith Bate
Location Whittingham Road
Halesowen
West Midlands
B63 3NA
England Coordinates: 52°27′23″N 2°03′05″W / 52.4564°N 2.0513°W / 52.4564; -2.0513
Local authority Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
DfE number 332/8001
DfE URN 130476 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Telephone 0121 602 7777
Website www.halesowen.ac.uk

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 – which was later designated as Block 0 following the construction of more buildings.

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transformation in its history as part of a reorganisation of education in Halesowen, which saw sixth form facilities withdrawn from secondary schools as well as compulsory education being reorganised to traditional infant, junior and secondary schools from the three-tier system that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 within a decade.

In September 1985, the college further expanded when it took over the former Walton Girls School in Highfield Lane as a campus.

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 late spring of 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. [1]

Halesowen College purchased Shenstone House office block, on Dudley Road, in the summer of 2005 and converted into a Health and Beauty academy.

Buildings[edit]

Block 0[edit]

This was the original Halesowen College building. It accommodated a refectory (known to students as the 'refec'), MASH (Maths and Science Hub) computer suite, Science laboratories and Animal Care centre. It was built in 1966 but by 2004 there were plans afoot for complete reconstruction of the block. The block was extended to include an admissions centre in the early 1980s but refurbishment in 2003 saw this area converted into a computer suite called the Hawne Room. Students based here studied many different subjects, 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 was completed by 2012, leaving no trace of the original 1966 college.

Block 1[edit]

One of four blocks which were built in the early 1980s. Includes a lecture theatre, TALC (The Atrium Learning Centre) as well as classrooms for Business Studies and Travel & Tourism and the senior management offices.

Block 2[edit]

The second of four blocks which were built for the 1982 reorganisation. Houses the Staff Centre and, since 2003, the Admissions Centre. Also includes a Skills Centre and Individual Needs Office.

Block 3[edit]

The third of four blocks which were built for the 1982 reorganisation. Houses the college's Art & Design department and the Earth Science's Department.

Block 4[edit]

The last of the four blocks which were added for the 1982 reorganisation. Houses the Mathematics, English, History, Government and Politics and Modern Languages departments and also Collegiate base.

Block 5[edit]

Opened in September 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.

Block 6[edit]

Opened in the late spring of 2003. Houses the Sports Studies department and a sports hall which is also used for examinations.

Block 7[edit]

Opened in September 2003. Houses Media, Music and Performing Arts departments. (And ICT till 2011 when block 9 was Constructed.)

Block 8[edit]

Opened in September 2009.

Block 9[edit]

Opened in September 2011. Houses Computing, ICT, Science and Animal care. ICT and Computing moved here from Block 7.

Block 10[edit]

Opened in September 2013, marking the completion of a phased five-year redevelopment of the oldest college buildings.

Coombswood E-Business centre[edit]

Constructed in 1999. Provides learning facilities for students studying towards HND, HNC and NVQ courses as well as providing facilities for Media students and evening classes for mature students.

Walton Campus (defunct)[edit]

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[edit]

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 bass player Alex Griffin from Ned's Atomic Dustbin who also enjoyed both national and international success with the group.

Also is Birmingham's poet laureate Roshan Doug, who teaches English at the college

David Allen Green, lawyer and legal writer, is a former student of the college.

Proffesor John Pitcher, Tutorial Fellow in English and Founder's Fellow St John's College, Professor of English Literature University of Oxford, A level student 1967-1969.

Jaws (band), The current indie four-piece studied at the college until 2013, having formed the band in 2012 during their Music Technology course.[1]


Michael Purcell Solicitor,Senior Partner ,High Court Advocate , Adjudicator, Writer/contributor - student 1967 to 1969

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Alison (2012-10-13). "Forget Madchester, it's all about the B-Town scene". The Independent (Independent News and Media). Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

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