Telford College of Arts and Technology
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|Motto||Where great futures begin and every learner matters|
|Type||Further education college|
|Interm Principal||Jo Lomax|
|Founder||Charles Clement Walker|
|Location||Haybridge Road, Wellington
|Local authority||Telford and Wrekin|
|Students||1,200 (full time) and 15,000 (part time)|
Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) is a further education college in Telford, Shropshire, England. It operates from one main site and many in-company training sites and community-based courses spread out across Shropshire and the whole of the United Kingdom. It is sometimes known as "Telford College" but should not be confused with Telford College in Edinburgh.
The college as of May 2016 is in talks for a merger with New college Telford.
Recently the college has been in both financial difficulties and a poor report from ofsted inspectors grading the college as "inadequate" (June 2016), criticising its leadership and governance, teaching and outcome for 16 - 19 year old learners and apprenticeships, especially A* to C grades in GCSE mathematics and English, influenced by poor and declining attendance levels.
The college was founded in 1892 by Charles Walker as the Centre for Art and Science Classes and was originally based in Oakengates, Shropshire. From 1913 until the Second World War it was based in the former Coffee House and Recreation Centre in Market Street which was since demolished by the New Town Corporation. The college moved to a new site, built in 1926, down Hartsbridge Road becoming the Walker Technical College. In the 1960s it opened a larger campus on Haybridge Road in Wellington which became the part of new town of Telford. By the 1980s the college adopted its current name.
On 12 November 2004 W Block (Charles Walker Building) Centre of Vocational Excellence was officially opened by Mr Michael Beasley CBE.
On 31 October 2005 E Block and S Block (sports and hairdressing) were officially opened by HRH the Princess Royal.
It has over 16,000 students: 1200 full-time, 15,000 part-time. Students at present include school leavers, individuals taking a second chance at education, employees of multi-national companies and overseas students.
The college offers a wide range of vocational courses including NVQs, professional, preparatory degree and tailor-made programmes. Courses combine practical skills with theoretical studies and prepare students over 16 for employment and higher education.
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