Harlow College

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Harlow College
Velizy Avenue

CM20 3EZ

Coordinates51°46′14″N 0°05′57″E / 51.77047°N 0.09918°E / 51.77047; 0.09918Coordinates: 51°46′14″N 0°05′57″E / 51.77047°N 0.09918°E / 51.77047; 0.09918
TypeFurther Education College
Local authorityEssex
Department for Education URN130676 Tables
PrincipalKaren Spencer

Harlow College (formerly Harlow Technical College) is a Further Education college in Harlow, Essex, England. Harlow College's Principal and Chief Executive is Karen Spencer.

The college is distinguished by its success rates and its Journalism Centre, which it has operated since 1964.[1]

Journalism centre[edit]

Formed in 1964, Harlow College's Journalism Centre is a journalism training centre, with courses accredited through the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Periodical Training Council (PTC). The centre boasts strong links with Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, through a BA Hons Journalism degree.[1]

The journalism students studying at BTEC level are now able to use the new £9m University Centre Harlow facilities, which is part of Anglia Ruskin University.

The current college was predated by a boys' boarding school of the same name, originally dating from 1862, which was situated in Old Harlow.

The college today[edit]

The college has three divisions:

  • Corporate services
  • Student-focused provision: the Sixth Form, the Vocational Studies Academy.
  • Employer-focused provision: the Business & Technology Academy, The Creative Arts Academy, The Employer Response Unit.

In 2006/06, the college enrolled about 2,070 learners aged 16–18 and about 3,040 adult learners, with an income of around £20m.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Harlow Harrier[edit]

In September 2010, five students created the college's first student paper - The Harlow Harrier. It gives news on student issues, jobs in journalism, sports news, and local politics. The Founding Editor is Talal Musa - a former News of the World trainee sub-editor who worked on the sports desk at the Daily Mail. Musa now works in esports for Gfinity.

The original 'Harlow College' 1862-1965[edit]

The college was opened by the Reverend Charles Miller on 29 May 1862, in Old Harlow. In the early 20th century it was a well-known school with Ernest Percival Horsey as its head. When the Old Harlow area was redeveloped the school was forced to close in 1965.[2]

Headmasters of Harlow College[edit]

  • 29 May 1862: Opened by Rev. Charles Miller
  • 1889 - 1903: Rev. Lyndhurst Burton Towne
  • 1904 - 1935: Ernest Percival Horsey
  • 1935 - 1936: ? Miller
  • 1936 - 1962: Kenneth L. Dames
  • 1962 - 1965: Roy C. Purgavie

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Profile of Harlow College". uk-universities.net. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Harlow College: A Short History". OldHarlovians. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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