Harrogate College

Coordinates: 53°58′41″N 1°31′23″W / 53.978°N 1.523°W / 53.978; -1.523
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53°58′41″N 1°31′23″W / 53.978°N 1.523°W / 53.978; -1.523

Buildings of the college

Harrogate College, formerly known as Harrogate College of Further Education and later Harrogate College of Arts and Technology, is a further education college in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. It offers several levels of qualifications, including further and higher education courses. Since August 2019 and as of February 2024 it is a member of the Luminate Education Group.


Harrogate College traces its origins to the University Extension movement, which began in 1873 under the auspices of Cambridge University.[1][2]

The college was known as Harrogate College of Further Education and later Harrogate College of Arts and Technology prior to 1 September 1994, when the name was shortened to Harrogate College.[3]

Harrogate College relocated in 1985 to Hornbeam Park, after the older Bower Road location of the college in Harrogate closed.[2] The college is on the former Harrogate ICI Fibres site in four buildings. The college merged with Leeds Metropolitan University in August 1998 and was classified as a university; the Harrogate College statutory corporation was dissolved on 1 August 1998.[3]

On 1 August 2008 management of the college was transferred to Hull College.[2]

By 2016 it had 3,000 full- and part-time students, including young people over 16, as well as adults and apprentices.[2]

On 1 August 2019 it transferred from Hull College Group to Luminate Education Group (formerly Leeds City College Group),[4] with Danny Wild as prinicpal.[2] As of February 2024 it is still a member of this group.[5]

Notable former students[edit]


  1. ^ London, A. (1985). Harrogate College of Further Education 1898–1985. Harrogate: Harrogate College.
  2. ^ a b c d e Wild, Danny (20 November 2020). "Interview: Principal on how Harrogate College is reconnecting with town and businesses even during Covid". Harrogate Advertiser (Interview). Interviewed by Chalmers, Graham. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  3. ^ a b UK Legislation, Harrogate College (Dissolution) Order 1998, SI 1998/1657, made 7 July 1998, accessed 24 February 2021
  4. ^ "Troubled Hull College Group to de-merge one of three colleges". FE Week.
  5. ^ "Discover your passion and study at Harrogate College". Harrogate College. 31 August 2023. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  6. ^ Campbell, Duncan (8 June 2009). "Andrew Brons: the genteel face of neo-fascism". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  7. ^ "EXPOSED: BNP man's past". Harrogate Advertiser. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  8. ^ "CV - Leon Doyle". 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Who's Who: Lewis Kaberry", Decoration and Glass., 4 (11), Waterloo, N.S.W: Australian Glass Manufactures, 1 March 1939, nla.obj-381535545, retrieved 17 February 2024 – via Trove
  10. ^ "Charles Wilson". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

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