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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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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:11:15 -0700

The council's Work Match team will host a 'Construction Recruitment Day' at South Thames College on Thursday 1 May. WHEN: 12pm – 7pm, Thursday 1 May, 2014. WHERE: South Thames College, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PP. This free ...

West Briton

West Briton
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:42:45 -0700

Stephanie-Jayne Rashleigh, 21, moved to London in April last year to study nursing at the South Thames College. And what is more her family have only just found out about her career change following an article in the West Briton. After learning her ...

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Your Local Guardian
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:30:00 -0700

The awards were launched at the Merton Campus of South Thames College in London Road, Morden on Wednesday March 26. For more information and to enter for free, visit the website. The closing date for entries is Friday June 27. Email · Print this page ...

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:04:26 -0700

Awards were given to SCoffee (Nonsuch High School), for Best Trade Stand; Luxury by Hand, (South Thames college Merton campus), for Best Product; Alacrity, (Raynes Park High School), for Best Sales Team; and Reflex, (Sutton Grammar School), for ...

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