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|Principal and Chief Executive||Sue Rimmer OBE|
|Location||Wandsworth High Street
|Local authority||London Borough of Wandsworth|
|DfE URN||130420 Tables|
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.
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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." 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)
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
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”.