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South Thames Colleges Group

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South Thames Colleges Group
Wandsworth High Street

SW18 2PP

United Kingdom
TypeFurther education
Local authorityWandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames
Department for Education URN130420 Tables
PrincipalPeter Mayhew-Smith

South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) is a large further education institution that operates four colleges in south-west London: South Thames College, Kingston College, Merton College, and Carshalton College. The four main campuses are in Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Morden, and Carshalton.[1]


South Thames Colleges Group was formed in 2017 by the merger of South Thames College and Merton College with Kingston College and Carshalton College.[2]

South Thames College[edit]

College building in Wandsworth

South Thames College was founded in 1895.[3]

South Thames College is the largest provider of post-16 study and training in the London Borough of Wandsworth

Carshalton College[edit]

Carshalton College opened as Carshalton Technical Institute in 1954.[4][5] In 2012, it entered into a federation with Kingston College.[6]

Merton College[edit]

Merton College has existed since around 1890. A new building was erected in 1971 with additional blocks in later years.[7] It formerly occupied a site on Central Road in the borough, which was sold to Barratt Homes, a housing developer.[8][9] Merton College merged with South Thames College in 2009.

It should not be confused with Merton Sixth Form College, a nearby separate institution that was formed in 1990 and later became Phoenix Sixth Form College before closing down.[10]

Kingston College[edit]

The forerunner of this college was Kingston Technical College founded in 1899. It was divided in 1962, with the technical college part first becoming Kingston Polytechnic and later becoming Kingston University,[11] while the remainder became Kingston College of Further Education, later re-named Kingston College. The main campus is in Kingston Hall Road, with a second site in a former school building in Richmond Road, Kingston.

Notable alumni[edit]



South Thames[edit]



  1. ^ "Governance". South Thames Colleges Group.
  2. ^ Ofsted Communications Team (28 December 2018). "Find an inspection report and registered childcare". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ "History".
  4. ^ "History".
  5. ^ Carshalton College (PDF) (Report). Further Education Funding Council for England. April 1997.
  6. ^ Kingston College (Report). Ofsted. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2021.
  7. ^ Merton College (PDF) (Report). Further Education Funding Council for England. March 1996.
  8. ^ Burnett, Craig (16 September 2009). "Residents blast inconsiderate builders". Wimbledon Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Barratt acquires planning for Merton College site". easier.com. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  10. ^ Merton Sixth Form College (PDF) (Report). Further Education Funding Council for England. October 1995.
  11. ^ Kingston College (PDF) (Report). Further Education Funding Council for England. September 1997.
  12. ^ "Obituary: Edward Woodward". The Daily Telegraph. London. 16 November 2009. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  13. ^ Palmer, Jim. "Star Wars actor John Boyega, who studied at South Thames College in Wandsworth and Greenwich University, wins Bafta film award". Wandsworth Guardian. Wandsworth Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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