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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 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.


John Boyega - in 2013 it was announced that he would be a lead role in the seventh Star Wars film. He had already appeared in film and TV roles including Attack the Block with Nick Frost. Boyega studied performing arts at South Thames graduating in 2011.

Nathaniel 'Tonez' Fuller - drummer for several high profile acts, including Jessie J on her Stand Up tour.


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."[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.


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)

It is one of the few colleges in the UK where you can learn how to make and service musical instruments. The others are Glasgow Clyde College, Lincoln College and West Dean College


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
  • Libraries

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. 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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264 news items

Daily Mail
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:22:24 -0700

The only way she could come to the UK was to plunder her savings, with help from her family, and move on a student visa last September to study at South Thames College. After the course finished in August, Made had to move back to Uruguay to live with ...
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:26:15 -0700

And the freeing up of space in Garratt Lane means that a redevelopment scheme can now move forward that will provide 200 new homes, a better library, new shops and improved teaching facilities for South Thames College. The scheme will see the ...

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 ...


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

South Thames College's main site goes back to the closing years of the Victorian era. In 1895 a school was founded which cost £1 per term for its student body of 500 – a substantial amount and large institution by the standards of the day. Today that ...
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0800

History: There has been an educational establishment at the college's Wandsworth site for more than a century. Started life as Wandsworth Technical Institute in 1895, designed to maximise the potential of those looking for skilled work in carpentry ...

FE Week

FE Week
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0700

Mr Webb, a former deputy principal at South Thames College and director of school at Newcastle College, said: “I am delighted and humbled to be appointed. At the heart of any successful organisation are fantastic staff and I am excited to be working ...


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:24:03 -0700

At 16, Boyega moved to South Thames College to study performing arts, and joined the Identity School of Acting in Hackney, which helps aspiring actors from multicultural backgrounds. He enrolled at Greenwich University but as his career took off, he ...

FE Week

FE Week
Sun, 31 May 2015 23:28:43 -0700

Ms Rimmer, principal of South Thames College and PPC chair since January, told FE Week she previously used graded lesson observations for internal reviews, but she had “conducted a number of forums with some of our grade one teachers to gain their ...

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