Shrewsbury College

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Shrewsbury College
Shrewsbury College logo.png
Principal Steve Wain[1]
Location London Road
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY2 6PR
England
Coordinates: 52°41′49″N 2°43′23″W / 52.697°N 2.723°W / 52.697; -2.723
Local authority Shropshire
DfE URN 130798 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2,000 (full time) and 6,000 (part time)
Ages 16–∞
Telephone 01743 342342
Fax 01743 342343
Website www.shrewsbury.ac.uk
The main campus at London Road.

Shrewsbury College is a further education college in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Formerly called Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology, the college is based on a campus on London Road. The College has working environments for students including a commercial restaurant, Origins, a commercial salon, Evolve and a student zone including a new Student Learning Centre and The Hub.

The College is the main provider of vocational education in the county and has a full range of full-time and part-time course available in the full range of subject areas. In 2012, Shrewsbury College was named by The National Data Service as the highest placed general FE college in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Staffordshire based on their success rates for young students. In 2014, it was rated Good by Ofsted.

Academic offerings[edit]

Students can now combine different vocational subjects at Level 2 (e.g. Sport and Business) and can complement their courses at Level 3 with A Levels. Shrewsbury College is working to create new Higher Education (HE) options and Professional Development courses for adults and from 2015 will receive ongoing funding from the Higher Education Council for England. The College has recently undergone an estates investment programme with over £15m being spent to create a new campus at London Road.[2]

University partnerships[edit]

The College has a partnership with the Edge Hill University in Ormskirk for teacher training and counselling programmes, and with Staffordshire University for other areas of the curriculum. The college is a founder member of the Staffordshire University Regional Federation (SURF Consortium). The college holds an annual Higher Awards Ceremony in St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury.

History[edit]

The college traces its origins to the Radbrook campus, which was in use up until 2014, when it was sold to a developer to be turned into luxury housing.[3] The Radbrook site was home to Shropshire Technical School for Girls, founded around 1895 and later known as "Shrophire College of Domestic Science and Dairy Work" and then "Radbrook College of Agriculture".[4][5] It amalgamated with other institutions and became a campus of Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

Merger[edit]

On 31 July 2016, the college merged with Shrewsbury Sixth Form College to form the Shrewsbury Colleges Group. The separate identities of the two colleges as a vocational college and a sixth form college will continue. The merger has been supported by the government's Area Review process.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/news/12/08/new_principal_for_shrewsbury_college
  2. ^ http://www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/courses/distance_learning/a_levels/
  3. ^ "Contract signed for housing on old Shrewsbury college site". Shropshire Star. 28 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Casling, Mary (2002). English Countrywomen: A Century of Change in Agricultural Economies and Education 1900-2000. Hypatia Trust. 
  5. ^ de Silva, Carrie (2015). "A SHORT HISTORY OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH" (PDF). Harper Adams University. pp. 112–3. 
  6. ^ Shrewsbury Chronicle, 28 April 2016
  7. ^ "Merger of Local Colleges on Track for July 2016". Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 

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