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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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Wimbledon Guardian

Wimbledon Guardian
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:20:09 -0700

Young chefs learnt from the best at a college event with top cooking tips and foraging advice. Students at South Thames College's Merton campus got advice from Ross Marshall, a head chef at country house hotel Coworth Park, who visited the college for ...

Wimbledon Guardian

Wimbledon Guardian
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:42:54 -0700

Students from South Thames College groups Natural Passion and The Essentials will entertain guests with music. This year, there will also be awards for district business communities within Merton, with categories for Business of the Year in Colliers ...
Your Local Guardian
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:06:11 -0700

Thousands of people all over the country will be putting the kettle on for cancer today. Events across Merton will be held to raise money as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Wimbledon Cancer Friendship Group ...

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Harrison is part of the AFC Wimbledon football academy, a full-time sports and education programme run in partnership between the club and South Thames College, with the aim of achieving a BTEC qualification in sport. He said: “It's really good to get ...

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