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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 is a further education college in south west London.


Today, South Thames College is one of the largest further education colleges in London. It merged with Merton College in 2009 and now concentrates teaching from three campuses: Wandsworth, Merton and Tooting.


John Boyega - in 2013 it was announced that he would be a lead role in the seventh Star Wars film. He had already appeared in film and TV roles including Attack the Block with Nick Frost. Boyega studied performing arts at South Thames graduating in 2011.

Nathaniel 'Tonez' Fuller - drummer for several high profile acts, including Jessie J on her Stand Up tour.


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.

In 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.


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 motorbike maintenance. It also has several English and maths options for young people and adults including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

It is one of the few colleges in the UK where you can learn how to make and service musical instruments. The others are Glasgow Clyde College, Lincoln College and West Dean College


The college invests regular in facilities and software to support its general and specialist programmes. Over £150 million has been invested since 2010 including complete refurbishment of the Wandsworth Campus and a Hospitality and Catering Academy and specialist Engineering and Construction Centre at the Merton Campus.

The college’s facilities include:

  • Industry-standard hair and beauty salons
  • A Sports England standard sports hall, gym and aerobics area - which is also rented to local schools and sports club including to the women's basketball team, the Penguins
  • Three training kitchens and a commercial restaurant staffed by hospitality and catering students
  • Science laboratories
  • Language teaching rooms
  • A games development room
  • Music and TV recording studios with editing facilities
  • Musical instrument making workshops and specialist craft facilities
  • Libraries

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. 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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Croydon Guardian

Croydon Guardian
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:29:02 -0700

Bakery Boy Shack, 34, who studied at South Thames College, said: “It was written when we were working flat out and we needed time away to re-energise,” says Bakery Boy Shack. “It embodies that desire to 'get away' and reconnect.” And the boys have ...

Wimbledon Guardian

Wimbledon Guardian
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:26:53 -0800

A South Thames College spokeswoman said: "We are aware that one of our students was injured in a knife-related incident near Morden Park yesterday afternoon and our thoughts are with him and his family. "We will help the police with their investigation ...

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:16:20 -0700

Disney has just released a set of new images from the highly-anticipated new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. That means we get a good look at Peckham-born John Boyega, who studied performing arts at South Thames College in Wandsworth, in one ...

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:30:00 -0700

... and asking and then when something was undeniable, you just go with it, and are grateful for it.” That means we get a good look at Peckham-born John Boyega, who studied performing arts at South Thames College in Wandsworth, in one of the lead roles.

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Celebrity Cafe - Entertainment News (blog)
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:32:13 -0700

That means we get a good look at Peckham-born John Boyega, who studied performing arts at South Thames College in Wandsworth, in one of the lead roles. The Star Wars land would be “every bit as thrilling as the films” and will include attractions and ...


Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:05:41 -0700

South Thames College's main site goes back to the closing years of the Victorian era. In 1895 a school was founded which cost £1 per term for its student body of 500 – a substantial amount and large institution by the standards of the day. Today that ...
Your Local Guardian
Sun, 08 Jul 2012 01:11:15 -0700

South Thames College has been awarded with a good rating from Ofsted, marking it as one of the top colleges in London. The college, which has campuses in Wandsworth and Merton, was commended by inspectors for its quality of teaching.
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0800

Transport links: All the centres of South Thames College are located in the borough of Wandsworth, the largest of the inner London boroughs. Central London is easily accessible and you can get into the centre in less than half an hour. Fees: Vary by ...

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