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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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Architects' Journal

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 03:34:10 -0800

The 24,944m² project for Wandsworth Council and South Thames College will replace two office buildings and a former teaching centre within the district's historic town centre. The mixed-use scheme will feature 201 apartments alongside 2,389m² of ...

Evening Standard

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:40:43 -0800

Crime scene: Huntingfield Road, Roehampton He was an aspiring mechanic studying at South Thames College in Wandsworth, the same college as Munroe, and sold cars. On the day of the murder the youngest boy had told a friend he was going to do a ...


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

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:48:45 -0800

Prince Charles talked today, (19th Deecember), with the students on the College's 300th team and heard about their fundraising and community work that is delivered as part of the programme. Also on hand to celebrate this important milestone were ...
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 ...

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.
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Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0700

An 18-year-old boy was stabbed at South Thames College in Wandsworth High Street this afternoon. He is in a stable condition at hospital and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the youth was stabbed ...

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