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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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Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:44:57 -0800

St Helier SNT will be at South Thames College from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and at the Bhaitul Futuh Mosque in London Road from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Wimbledon Village SNT will be at the Windmill Cafe in Windmill Road from 11.30am to 2pm. The Community ...

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:14:07 -0800

A housing association has teamed up with a college to help job-seekers get work in health, social care and security. Circle Housing Merton Priory (CHMP) is working with South Thames College to offer Merton residents free and accredited courses for ...


Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:46:16 -0800

He was an aspiring mechanic studying at South Thames College in Wandsworth and sold cars to earn money on top of his benefits. His landlord described him as 'a quiet man with no enemies who did not take drugs or alcohol', said Mr Rees. The prosecutor ...

Wimbledon Guardian

Wimbledon Guardian
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:35:24 -0800

A new secondary school could open on the beleaguered adult education site it has emerged, after an academy expressed interest in it. There have been five petitions signed by people worried about the future of Merton Adult Education (MAE) - currently ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:30:16 -0800

I eventually started teaching computing part-time in various colleges, even Wormwood Scrubs, before taking a full-time post at South Thames College and then South Bank Polytechnic. There I started an artificial intelligence laboratory, which grew to 22 ...
Wandsworth Guardian
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:26:51 -0700

They will be exhibiting plans for their sites in Garrett Lane (South Thames College Tower) and Wandsworth High Street (Welbeck House). The proposals include a residential development, new buildings, a car park, two new public streets, commercial units ...


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 ...

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:33:45 -0800

Showbiz svengali Simon Cowell may have a new pretender to his throne, in the shape of a shrewd business student from South Thames College in Merton. Waqqas Ali organised a talent competition for fellow students at the Morden Park college after hearing ...

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