Sunderland College

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Sunderland College
Durham Road (A690)

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Coordinates54°53′34″N 1°24′31″W / 54.89276°N 1.40852°W / 54.89276; -1.40852Coordinates: 54°53′34″N 1°24′31″W / 54.89276°N 1.40852°W / 54.89276; -1.40852
TypeFurther and Higher Education College
Local authoritySunderland
Department for Education URN131347 Tables
PrincipalMs Ellen Thinnesen

Sunderland College, is a further education, higher education college based in Sunderland, North East England. The enrolment includes around 6,300 part-time learners and approximately 4,800 full-time students.[1] A report following a January 2010 Ofsted inspection awarded the school a Grade 2 (good) that included a Grade 1 (outstanding) on 3 inspection criteria.[1] The college is a member of the Collab Group of high performing schools.[2]


The college is a multi-centre establishment, with four campuses throughout North East England, these are Bede Campus, City Campus, Washington Campus and St. Peter's Campus, which is located on the St Peter's campus of the University of Sunderland.


Statistically, Sunderland College has held the top position of colleges and sixth forms in Sunderland - achieving the best grades locally in comparison with St. Aidan's RC, St. Anthony's RC and St. Robert's of Newminster, in recent years.[citation needed]

Bede Campus

The college's Bede Campus, which is situated close to Sunderland City Centre on Durham Road (A690), is in the buildings of the former Bede School which began as Sunderland Higher Grade School in 1890 (near the West Park, now the site of Sunderland Civic Centre). In 1905 the school was renamed Bede Collegiate School, with separate Boys and Girls' Schools,and in 1927 the foundation stones were laid for new school buildings on Durham Road, current site of Bede Campus of Sunderland College. Following the 1944 Education Act the two schools became Grammar Schools: the Girls' School had around 500 girls in the 1950s, and by the 1960s the Boys' School had over 900 boys. In 1971 Bede School became a co-educational non-selective Comprehensive School, closing in 1991 a year after celebrating its centenary. Both the Boys' and Girls' Schools of the original school and the successor Comprehensive School were referred to, locally, as Bede School or 'The Bede'.

In more recent years, after the closure of the Shiney Row campus in August 2014 Bede Campus is now the specialist centre for the sports and visual and performing arts courses.

The campus is equipped with language and science labs and large-scale computer sites and provides facilities to assist students with their studies, careers or with university progression.[citation needed]

The Bede Campus is home to both Sunderland Sixth Form and the Sports Academy and the Visual and Performing Arts building. The campus also includes a Goals Soccer Centre with all-weather 3G 5-a-side pitches.

Bede Sixth Form serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland South and currently has a partnership arrangement with Southmoor Academy, Farringdon Community Academy, Sandhill View Academy, Academy 360, Thornhill School and The Venerable Bede Church of England Academy. Headways Sixth Form currently has a partnership with Seaham School of Technology, Hetton School and Easington Academy.

Hylton Campus The Hylton Campus is the main centre on the north side of the River Wear in Sunderland. For students wishing to train for careers in numerous occupations it offers real life learning facilities, including a £1 million hospitality and catering wing with training kitchens.

The centre is home to The Lounge Restaurant and Conference Centre. Also there is a hair and beauty salon, which offers hands-on experience over the range of vocational courses on offer.

A recent refurbishment has brought new teaching facilities, workshops and preparation areas for construction courses such as bricklaying, plumbing and joinery, as well as motor vehicle and electrical courses.

Hylton Campus will close in 2016 and be replaced by City Campus in Park Lane

St Peter's Campus The college's St Peter's Sixth Form campus serves the sixth form needs of Sunderland North, and is situated on Charles Street, next to the River Wear and the University of Sunderland. It currently has a partnership arrangement with Monkwearmouth, Hylton Red House and Castle View Schools. Whilst these partnerships are in operation, the attendance of the Sixth Form is not restricted to those areas. Anyone within range of the centre can attend. The campus was officially opened on 25 November 2008, by Steve Cram, Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

Washington Campus

In September 2006, Sunderland College opened its brand-new £10 million Washington campus on Stone Cellar Road in Washington, Tyne and Wear, which then won the award for Public Sector Building of the Year at The Journal Landmark Awards. It is on the site of the former Usworth School just off the A195 near the junction with the A194(M) in Usworth and Concord.

Shiney Row Campus[edit]

Shiney Row Campus closed in August 2014. As of April 2015, the college experienced a fire, however, a planned residential development is still expected to go ahead.[citation needed]


Each of the college's centres has its own Independent Learning Centre or ILC in which the students can have access to networked computers, borrow books from the library, or even just find a quiet place to read. Refectories, cafes, shops and common rooms are all available at each of the campuses.

Campuses also include lecture theatres and/or performance stages.

There is also access to the media facilities and libraries of the University of Sunderland

Notable alumni[edit]

Bede Grammar School for Boys[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ofsted inspection report 2010[permanent dead link] retrieved 29 July 2010
  2. ^ "Collab Group". Retrieved 12 December 2016.

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