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South Thames College London
Established 1895
Principal and Chief Executive Sue Rimmer OBE
Location Wandsworth High Street
SW18 2PP
United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°27′24″N 0°11′26″W / 51.456557°N 0.190565°W / 51.456557; -0.190565
Local authority London Borough of Wandsworth
DfE URN 130420 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Website www.south-thames.ac.uk

South Thames College incorporating Merton College is a further education college situated in the south west of London.


An educational establishment, which is now known as South Thames College, has existed at the Wandsworth site in south west London for more than 100 years. The institute was founded in 1895 by a tax on whisky. Students had to pay what was then a substantial fee of £1 a term for day classes. When it began there were around 500 students studying there, a large number at those times.

1910–11 College regulations stated that "...each boy must wear the school cap or straw hat; he must also provide himself with a satchel, gymnasium shoes and a swimming costume."[citation needed] Apparently, the caps came in different colours depending on what house the student belonged to and, according to one student in 1930, the colours used to run in the rain, staining the students' faces blue, red, green or yellow.


Today, South Thames College is one of the largest further education colleges in London, having recently merged with Merton College. The centres are based in the south west of London with the main centres in Wandsworth, Merton and Tooting.


The college specialises in vocational training in subject areas such as business and computing, hair and beauty, construction, media, music, performing arts, catering and travel and tourism. A Level courses and higher education and access courses are also available, as well as a wide selection of leisure and taster courses ranging from Swedish massage to bicycle maintenance.

There are nearly 2,000 further, higher and adult education full and part-time courses on offer to school leavers and adult learners.


The College has undergone a radical makeover with over £140 million invested in recent years. The College is also investing £5.7 million in a new Hospitality and Catering Academy at the Merton Campus. Courses at the Academy will begin in September 2014.

The college’s facilities include:

  • A Library spanning three levels
  • Industry standard hair and beauty salons
  • A Sports England standard sports hall, gym and aerobics area
  • Forensic science and biology labs
  • Skills for Life and language teaching rooms
  • A games development room and specialised IT facilities
  • Music and TV recording studios with editing facilities
  • Photography studio and dark rooms

Ofsted Rating[edit]

The College was inspected by Ofsted in June 2009 and again in May 2012 and was awarded a ‘Good’ rating in both inspections. The college has a long-term aim to become an ‘Outstanding’ college. Ofsted praised the college’s rising success rates and the “safe and inclusive environment”.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/942377/urn/130420.pdf

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Daily Mail
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:21:20 -0800

South Thames College's partnership with the Prince's Trust is even older and dates back to 1997 when the college launched its first training course. The 12-week courses are part of a programme operated by the Prince's Trust and aim to boost the skills ...

Construction Enquirer

Construction Enquirer
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:45:00 -0800

Wandsworth Council and South Thames College has gained detailed planning for 201 new homes and a new library in the heart of the south London regeneration area. The council will now look for a developer to take the Wandsworth Town scheme forward.

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:52:45 -0800

The existing buildings consist of a nine-storey block owned by South Thames College and two council buildings. The new development will feature four new buildings. One red-brick four-storey block will face Wandsworth High Street and contain a shop.

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:41:04 -0800

Pupils from Burntwood School, Graveney School, Chestnut Grove Academy and South Thames College also attended to hear about the challenges he faces as the Speaker to remain impartial and encourage healthy debate in the House of Commons.
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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:07:30 -0800

The young actor was born to Nigerian parents in Peckham, London, and studied performing arts at South Thames College. From there, he trained at The Identity School of Acting and took to the stage at London venues like the National Theatre and the ...

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Your Local Guardian
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:56:15 -0800

There will be a final performance event in HMP Wandsworth on March 4, 2015. The workshops also involve Battersea charity the Katherine Low Settlement and the Creative Writing departments of London South Bank University, South Thames College and ...

This is Local London

This is Local London
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:45:28 -0800

The five options now being considered are to continue as is but with some budget cuts, share 'federation' with South Thames College or Sutton College of Learning Adults, or the council becomes a 'commissioner of adult education services,' or the ...

The Croydon Citizen

The Croydon Citizen
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:11:15 -0800

They are currently consulting on a major redevelopment project for Wandsworth High Street and Garratt Lane to replace its two office blocks and the South Thames College Tower.The development raises all sorts of issues about the nature of the town ...

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