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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, 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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This is Local London
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:46:49 -0700

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This is Local London

This is Local London
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 03:18:45 -0700

A college student stabbed last week in Morden has been released from hospital as police continue investigating what happened. There have been no arrests made so far after the 18-year-old South Thames College student was stabbed when a fight broke out ...

Wimbledon Guardian

Wimbledon Guardian
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:00:00 -0800

... accounting services, was The New Wimbledon Theatre. Local businesses, sponsors and winners from last year are encouraged to attend the launch event run by the Merton Chamber of Commerce, which will take place at South Thames College and is free.

Wandsworth Guardian

Wandsworth Guardian
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 02:11:15 -0700

... Chamber of Commerce, in which he named Jane Ellison MP as president and Sarah Banham, from Battersea Power Station Development Company, as vice-president. It was attended by businesses from across the borough and South Thames College.

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This is Local London
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A college student stabbed last week in Morden has been released from hospital as police continue investigating what happened. There have been no arrests made so far after the 18-year-old South Thames College student was stabbed when a fight broke out ...
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0800

Widening the northbound carriageway to increase it from one to two lanes between Roehampton High Street and Clarence Lane. This will require the removal of 4 parking spaces on Roehampton Lane between Beech Road Close and South Thames College.

Wimbledon Guardian

Wimbledon Guardian
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:32:57 -0700

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