South Cheshire College
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|Type||Further Education College|
|Location||Dane Bank Avenue
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|DfE URN||130619 Tables|
South Cheshire College is a further education college, located in Crewe, England. The College is a single campus situated in a residential area about one mile from Crewe town centre. The College is the sole provider of post-16 education in Crewe. It also attracts students from Nantwich, Alsager, Middlewich, Sandbach, Congleton and throughout South and East Cheshire. The College also provides courses for adults at a range of centres, including high street locations in Middlewich and Congleton.
South Cheshire College opened in 1966 and was officially opened by the Queen Mother in 1968. The student engineers were the first to enter the College amongst them Tom Binkley, who, up until October 2009 when he retired, went on to become an engineering lecturer at the College. This building was replaced by a brand new single campus building, started in 2008 and completed in 2010. The new campus is 4 stories high, but occupies a larger footprint than the original.
The design of the Crescent shaped atrium was driven by the requirement to retain an oak tree copse within the campus area. The atrium curves around the copse on one side and on the other, a moat separates the copse from other parts of the campus. Five buildings radiate from the Crescent site, including the Library building, the Theatre building and the other three buildings, named East, West and North, based on the general direction each one faces. These contain academic classrooms and vocational workshops.
The College offers a large number of courses and is renowned for the lectures in its engineering department.
The College offers a range of services to students, and to local residents and schools. Such examples are:
- Restaurant on the Crescent
- Centre Stage Theatre
- The Fitness Academy
- Starting Point Nursery
- Elements Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies Salons
- Dane Bank Travel Centre