South Worcestershire College

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South Worcestershire College
Davies Road
Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 1LP
England United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°04′51″N 1°56′51″W / 52.0807°N 1.94753°W / 52.0807; -1.94753 (South Worcestershire College, Evesham campus)Coordinates: 52°04′51″N 1°56′51″W / 52.0807°N 1.94753°W / 52.0807; -1.94753 (South Worcestershire College, Evesham campus) (Evesham)
52°06′48″N 2°19′22″W / 52.11345°N 2.3229°W / 52.11345; -2.3229 (South Worcestershire College, Malvern campus) (Malvern)
School type General Further Education
Established 2000 (merger); 2009 (renamed)
Status open
School board The Board of Governors
LEA Worcestershire
Authority LEA
Ofsted number 4/11/2013
Chairperson Bryan McGinity ref name="swc"/>
Principal Viv Gillespie[1]
Gender mixed
Age 16 to 99
Enrolment c.7,000 (full and part-time)
Education system National Curriculum
Communities served South Worcestershire

South Worcestershire College is a further education college with campuses in Evesham and Malvern and various outreach locations. It was established in September 2000 on the merging of Evesham College and Malvern Hills College and was renamed South Worcestershire College in September 2009 to more accurately reflect its growth and geographical location.[1][2] The college provides full and part-time vocational education for students aged 14–18 and a variety of courses and activities for adults. The total number of enrolled students for the Evesham and Malvern campuses, together with the outreach locations, is about 7,000 of which about 10% are students aged 16–18 pursuing full-time education.[3] The college is independently financed by the Worcestershire Local Authority which in turn is partly funded by a grant from the European Social Fund (ESF) to provide level 1 recognised national qualifications in Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Engineering, Animal Care and Construction. The college has an Acquired Brain Injury Centre and also offers students NVQs and BTEC First, National and Higher National diplomas and certificates. and access to higher education programmes.[4] ESOL courses are provided for Migrant workers and students needing English language support.[5]

A 2006 Ofsted report accorded the school, under its former name of Evesham and Malvern Hills College, a Grade 2 (good),[3] while a 2007 follow up report disclosed the college's firm intention to purchase the Malvern site and extend the facilities. Many of the suggestions in the 2006 report had also been addressed.[5]

Main campuses[edit]

The Evesham campus of South Worcestershire College is located in Davies Road, Evesham. It offers a range of Full-time subjects on offer at the Evesham campus such as - Animal Care, Art and Design, Beauty Therapy, Childcare, Computing and E-Media, Construction, Engineering, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Event Management, Foundation Skills Programme, Graphic Design with Photography, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Motor Vehicle, Office Professionals, Plumbing and Heating, Public Services, Sport, Travel and Tourism and Vehicle Custom Body and Paint. [1]

The campus located in Albert Road North, Malvern, was first constructed as Malvern Technical College and School of Art in 1928, and has been known as Malvern College of Further Education, and Malvern Hills College, until merging with Evesham College in September 2000 to become the Malvern campus for Evesham and Malvern Hills College.[2] The college was operated by the Wyvern Trust, which was formed 1982 to manage and maintain the existence of Malvern Hills College when the site was purchased by Malvern Hills District Council following an unsuccessful attempt by the council of the former Hereford and Worcester county to sell the land and buildings. The trust was dissolved on the merger with Evesham College.[2] The complex contains special teaching facilities and salons for hair and beauty therapy, art and crafts studios, workshops and the Malvern Community Learning Centre for adults.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "South Worcestershire College". Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "New chapter opens as colleges merge". Worcester News (Newsquest Media Group). 1 September 2000. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Evesham and Malvern Hills College: Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. May 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Profile of Evesham and Malvern Hills College". Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Evesham and Malvern Hills College: Annual Assessment Visit" (PDF). Ofsted. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 

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