Kensington and Chelsea College
|Type||FE & HE College|
|Local authority||Kensington and Chelsea|
|DfE URN||130410 Tables|
- 1 Admissions
- 2 History
- 3 Awards and accreditations
- 4 Organisation and courses
- 5 Alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Kensington and Chelsea College is a further and higher education college with students from a wide range of cultures and ages. It offers a range of courses from full and part-time to Higher Education, work-based learning and Apprenticeships. The college's standard of teaching is rated as good by Ofsted following its April 2012 inspection, and it recently became an associate college member for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural. The college also has a network of support services for students, including assistance in finding and preparing for jobs after completing a course. The college's partner organisations include the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum, the Royal Opera House, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London.
Kensington and Chelsea College operates from two locations in West London with its two main sites being the Chelsea Centre, and the Kensington Centre in North Kensington. College sites and location:
- Chelsea Centre in Chelsea
- Kensington Centre in North Kensington - in 2013 this campus had its name changed from Wornington Centre to Kensington Centre
The Sloane School had about 500 boys and was a grammar school on Hortensia Road in Chelsea. It was named after Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753) after whom Sloane Square was named in 1771. The school library was opened on 25 November 1931 by Sir Hugh Walpole. It was administered by London County Council, and for many years from 1929 until 1961 the headmaster was Guy Boas (9 December 1896 - 26 March 1966) who encouraged much-acclaimed productions of Shakespeare. The school magazine was The Cheynean.
Sloane School merged in 1970 with the nearby Carlyle School to become Pimlico Comprehensive School, and Pimlico Academy since 2008. The buildings became Chelsea Secondary School, then part of the college in 1990.
This was the analogous female school of the Sloane School, a girls' grammar school, whose former buildings became the Sloane School, having been built in 1908. Its buildings were extended in 1937, being officially opened on 4 February 1938. It had a separate governing body from the Sloane School from 1961. It had around 350 girls.
Awards and accreditations
Kensington and Chelsea College has won the following awards as a professional training provider.
Centre of Vocational Excellence
KCC offers courses for NHS employment. These diverse training programmes are of such high quality, the Government’s Learning and Skills Council has awarded KCC with Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status.
Charter Mark Award for Excellence
KCC was re-assessed in October 2004, and as a result of the work and commitment to providing a quality service to customers KCC were awarded Charter Mark for a further three years.
Investor in People
KCC was the first College in inner London to achieve Investors in People status and has maintained this standard, having been re-assessed in June 2007.
Matrix Quality Standard
The MATRIX is a recognised quality standard for IAG services - which Kensington and Chelsea College IAG passed and gained for 3 years when inspected in 2006.
Organisation and courses
There are currently 350 staff employed by Kensington and Chelsea College. 15% of students are aged 16–18.
Kensington and Chelsea College offers full-time, part-time and evening courses in a variety of subjects: Art, Photography, Teacher Training, Business and Management, Sport and Fitness, Health, Care and Childcare, Craft and Design, English and Maths, Humanities, ESOL, Fashion and Millinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Multimedia, Graphic Design and Video Production.
The mission of Kensington and Chelsea College is to be a first class, first choice provider of further education for learners and employers, in a wide range of skills.
- Cyril Aldred, art historian
- Spartacus Chetwynd, Turner Prize nominee Artist
- Tony Allan, broadcaster
- Bernard Archard, actor
- Brian Auger, jazz pianist
- Dr Anthony Blowers CBE, Commissioner from 1987-95 of the Mental Health Act Commission
- Geoffrey Bowler, Chief General Manager from 1977-87 of the Sun Alliance & London Insurance Group
- Frank Branston, journalist
- Sir Frederick Burden, Conservative MP from 1950-83 for Gillingham
- David Caminer, systems analyst who helped to design LEO (computer), the world's first business computer
- Sir James Cook, Vice-Chancellor from 1966-70 of the University of East Africa, and from 1955-66 of the University of Exeter, and Regius Professor of Chemistry, Glasgow from 1939–54
- Laurence Cotterell, poet
- John Creasey, writer
- Andrew Crowcroft, psychiatrist
- Dr William Davies CBE, Director from 1949-64 of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, and President from 1948-9 and 1960-1 of the British Grassland Society
- Tony Dyson
- Gordon East, Professor of Geography from 1947-70 at Birkbeck, University of London and President from 1959-60 of the Institute of British Geographers
- John Fraser, Labour MP from 1966-97 for Norwood
- Prof Reg Garton, Professor of Spectroscopy from 1964-79 at Imperial College London, who discovered the quadratic Zeeman structure in atomic spectra, and who worked on autoionization of atoms
- Stephen Greif, actor
- Steve Hackett, musician
- Prof Sir Peter Hirsch, Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy from 1966-92 at the University of Oxford
- Prof Ernst Huehns, Professor of Haematology, University College London 1975 -1990; discovered Embryonic Haemoglobin
- George Innes, actor
- Alan Johnson, Labour MP since 1997 for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
- Rhys Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Kilgerran, Liberal
- Malcolm Macdonald, footballer
- Prof Timothy McElwain, medical professor
- Col Donald McMillan CB OBE, Chairman from 1967-72 of Cable & Wireless
- John Martin-Dye, swimmer at 1960 and 1960 Olympics
- Edward Mendelsohn, London Architect - designed the Cockpit Theatre.
- Sir Bernard Miller, Chairman from 1955-72 of the John Lewis Partnership
- Cyril Morgan OBE, Secretary from 1961-82 of the Institution of Structural Engineers
- Michael Mullins - lead singer with Modern Romance
- James Page CBE, Commissioner from 1971-77 of the City of London Police
- Jeremy Spenser, actor
- Prof James Swarbrick, Professor of Pharmaceutics from 1981-93 at the University of North Carolina
- Harry Turner, Managing Director from 1975-92 of Television South West
- David Wechsler, Chief Executive from 1993-2007 of the London Borough of Croydon
- Prof Carel Weight CBE, painter and Professor of Painting from 1957-73 at the Royal College of Art
- Donald Wheal (known as Donald James), author
The Carlyle School
- Linda Bassett, actress
- Mary Harron, Canadian film director, dated Tony Blair, former music critic, and became a screenwriter, and notably directed American Psycho, also co-writing the screenplay, and attended with her sister Martha, both daughters of Don Harron
- Jacqueline Wheldon, author