Stockport College

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Stockport College
Stockport College.jpg
Established 1960s
(Current name by merger
in Jan 2006)
Type Further education and
Higher education
Principal Simon Andrews (2015-)[1]
Location Stockport
Greater Manchester
England, United Kingdom
Local authority Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Gender Mixed
Campuses Stockport Town Centre Campus
Former Campuses Heaton Moor Campus, demolished late 2013
Website www.stockport.ac.uk

Stockport College is a large educational institute in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, providing further education and higher education to those age over 15.[2] It has a well-established history and plays a major role in providing educational opportunities for the community including school leavers, businesses and overseas students.

The college has academic and vocational courses from pre-GCSE to degree level. It is a major provider of post-16 education and training in Stockport and a key regional and national centre for a range of specialist courses.

It has theatre where Drama is taught, it is named the Peter Barkworth Theatre named after the English film and television actor Peter Barkworth.[3]

The current principal is Simon Andrews, replacing Ian Clinton, whom became acting principal for the college in February 2014.[4] In the 2015 New Year Honours, he was awarded an OBE for his commitment and service to Blackburn College, and for transforming the college and local area.


Town centre campus[edit]

The town centre campus is the original site of Stockport College of Further and Higher Education 53°24′16″N 2°09′31″W / 53.4044°N 2.1587°W / 53.4044; -2.1587Coordinates: 53°24′16″N 2°09′31″W / 53.4044°N 2.1587°W / 53.4044; -2.1587 and much of the campus dates back to the 1960s. The complete redevelopment of this site and some surrounding buildings is due for completion in 2011 to create a flagship educational campus for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. The total project value is estimated at around £100m from various sources. It will also include the closure and selling off of the Heaton Moor Campus, 53°25′44″N 2°11′02″W / 53.4288°N 2.1840°W / 53.4288; -2.1840 inherited from the merger with North Area College in 2006. The preparation work began in late 2007 with the acquisition of the old St Thomas' Hospital (53°24′08″N 2°09′36″W / 53.4021°N 2.1601°W / 53.4021; -2.1601) on Shaw Heath and neighbouring properties.

Heaton Moor campus[edit]

The Heaton Moor campus was the former North Area College before it merged with Stockport College in 2006, a former secondary school offering courses such as plastering and other vocational subjects. Signage for Stockport College Heaton Moor Campus was erected after the merger, but it has now been sold off to fund the property development at the town centre campus, with the new flagship campus making the college single-site. The Heaton Moor campus has now been demolished, and the site is pending redevelopment as 'Heaton Manor' by Bellway Homes. This will consist of residential properties.

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