Kensington and Chelsea College

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Kensington and Chelsea College
Type FE & HE College
Location Hortensia Road
West Brompton
SW10 0QS
51°28′55″N 0°11′08″W / 51.482076°N 0.185619°W / 51.482076; -0.185619Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 0°11′08″W / 51.482076°N 0.185619°W / 51.482076; -0.185619
Local authority Kensington and Chelsea
DfE URN 130410 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website KCC

Kensington and Chelsea College (West London Campus) is a provider of education and training in west London, United Kingdom.


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

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Sloane School[edit]

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.

Carlyle School[edit]

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.[4] It had a separate governing body from the Sloane School from 1961. It had around 350 girls.

Awards and accreditations[edit]

Kensington and Chelsea College has won the following awards as a professional training provider.[5]

Centre of Vocational Excellence[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.


Sloane School[edit]

The Carlyle School[edit]


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