Telford College is a further education college in Telford, Shropshire, England with a wealth of history that dates back to 1800s.
The college was founded in 1892 by Charles Walker as the Centre for Art and Science Classes and was originally based in Oakengates, Shropshire according to local history.
History suggests classes first met in the Assembly Rooms, Oakengates, In January 1882, with an enrolment of 222. This was the cradle of the industrial revolution, which was seven years before any comparable development elsewhere in the country. In 1900 rooms at the Coffee Palace were leased to improve facilities.
In 1911 Mr Darlington was appointed headmaster at Oakengates, he began a re-organisation of syllabuses and teaching methods and the college owes much to his vigour and optimism.
From 1913 until the Second World War it was based in recreation centre in Market Street which was since demolished by the New Town Corporation.
The college moved to a new site, built in 1926, on Hartsbridge Road becoming the Walker Technical College. In the 1960s it opened a larger campus on Haybridge Road in Wellington which became the part of new town of Telford.
By the 1980s the college was renamed Telford College of Arts and Technology commonly known as TCAT. The Bridge Centre (literacy and numeracy department) opened in 1990 followed by a new Learning Resource Centre and the Haybridge Restaurant in 1997 on the TCAT site.
The launch of Telford College
The merger between TCAT, and New College Telford (NCT), has now been officially rubber-stamped by the Government.
We have been operating under one Telford College banner since summer 2017, unveiling a joint programme of courses and new identity.
Moving on to one site has allowed the students to study in harmony and to merge into one college community. Sports teams have joined forces and student councils have also seen benefits of working more closely.
Our ground-breaking new A level ‘7th Form’ – the first of its kind in the UK – to address the gap between education and the changing needs of local businesses with an enhanced A-level programme.
Graham Guest, principal and chief executive of Telford College, said: “The two campuses have been working collaboratively for over a year, so this is simply an official endorsement of our joint working arrangements.
“Staff from the two sites have combined their knowledge and skills to build a one-stop service for students and employers, building on the best traditions of both colleges to provide high quality education, skills and training.”
He added: “This is an exciting time for us. Our Haybridge Road campus has seen rapid progress over the past year, reflected in an improved rating from education watchdog, Ofsted.
“We also celebrated our best ever GCSE English and maths results this summer, and enrolment numbers for courses which started in September were significantly higher than the previous year.
“This merger is about building on all of these successes, and meeting the needs of local businesses. We have been working closely with top employers, as well as UK universities, to shape our new-look curriculum.
“Telford College is committed to addressing skills gaps, opening students’ minds up to new opportunities, and giving them a clear and stress-free pathway to employment, with the support of mentors from local businesses.”
As part of the merger, investment will be made on industry-standard training equipment and university-standard facilities at the Haybridge Road campus, including the latest virtual and augmented reality technology.
The new 7th Form, which will welcome its first students in September 2018, blends the A level offerings of a traditional sixth form with direct links to universities and mentors from local businesses, to give students viable careers destinations.
Mr Guest said: “This is an exciting time for further education. With the new waves of investment currently coming into our region, it’s vital that we work together to help create a workforce with strong academic, vocational and employability skills.”
Telford is now the fastest growing town in the Midlands with thousands of new career opportunities on offer and billions of pounds invested in the area. That’s why we work with big name employers and renowned universities to ensure a direct route into careers with businesses in the region.
You’ll gain work experience and learn from lecturers with lots of industry knowledge and independent studies, in a friendly campus that is easily reached by bus and train routes throughout Shropshire.