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South Thames College London
Established 1895
Principal and Chief Executive Sue Rimmer OBE
Location Wandsworth High Street
London
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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Courses[edit]

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.

Redevelopment[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/942377/urn/130420.pdf

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AllAfrica.com
Tue, 19 May 2015 03:30:40 -0700

And as John made his way, his father began to think there was some wisdom in it." At 16, Gboyega moved to South Thames College to study Performing Arts, and joined the Identity School of Acting in Hackney, which helps aspiring actors from multicultural ...

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 ...

Your Local Guardian

Your Local Guardian
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:16:50 -0700

Engineering students will soon have cars and motorbikes to work on as part of a £4million college expansion. South Thames College is in the process of building a state-of-the-art Engineering and Construction Centre on its Merton campus, due to welcome ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
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 ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Sun, 03 May 2015 13:03:45 -0700

Managing Director, Infrastructure and Environment, EC Harris Sue Rimmer Chief Executive, South Thames College Henry Rowe Director, Royal HaskoningDHV. Russ Shaw Founder, Tech London Advocates Inderneel Singh General Manager, May Fair Hotel ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
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
Sun, 08 Jul 2012 01:11:15 -0700

South Thames College has been awarded with a good rating from Ofsted, marking it as one of the top colleges in London. The college, which has campuses in Wandsworth and Merton, was commended by inspectors for its quality of teaching.
 
Independent
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0800

Transport links: All the centres of South Thames College are located in the borough of Wandsworth, the largest of the inner London boroughs. Central London is easily accessible and you can get into the centre in less than half an hour. Fees: Vary by ...
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