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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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FE Week

FE Week
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 -0800

In 1977 Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford emerged from the first Star Wars film as global movie stars — and the same looks set to happen this year for John Boyega, who returned to his old classrooms at South Thames College with tales of a Hollywood galaxy ...

Wandsworth Guardian

Wandsworth Guardian
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:00:53 -0800

Teachers from South Thames College have been on strike as part of national action over a pay freeze dispute. Staff from the college campuses in Merton, Tooting and Wandsworth have joined other University and College Union (UCU) members in a national ...

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:54:06 -0800

According to TfL, building a station at Tooting Broadway would cost £1bn, and take eight years to complete, with land required from Sainsbury's, South Thames College, and retail units in Mitcham Road, Tooting High Street and Upper Tooting Road.

Wandsworth Guardian

Wandsworth Guardian
Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:03:45 -0700

TEDx has released the Wandsworth line up of local organisations that will be speaking at South Thames College on November 14. The one day event will bring communities, organisations and individuals together to spark conversation through TED-like ...


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:33:57 -0800

It's not all new, but the TV advertisement, which aired last night in the US, does give us a bit more of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega's characters; some typically wry dialogue from Harrison Ford's Han Solo; a shot of Carrie Fisher's General Leia in ...

Cinema Blend

Cinema Blend
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:30:00 -0800

While in secondary school as a teenager, he took part in numerous theatrical productions, and he attended South Thames College as a performance arts student, where he continued to hone his craft. He also trained at the Identity School of Acting, an ...

Richmond and Twickenham Times

Richmond and Twickenham Times
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:49:57 -0800

Southside Shopping centre will host free craft activities from 11am to 3pm while South Thames College's music department perform. Wandsworth Town Library has storytime from 2.30pm to 3pm and the procession by West Hill Primary School pupils, parents ...


Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:37:30 -0800

The young actor was born in London to Nigerian parents and went on to study performing arts at South Thames College. When he was younger, not many people knew about his passion for acting because Boyega was a little embarrassed about it. “Everyone ...

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