About Weston College

Weston College is an Ofsted outstanding college of further and higher education in Weston-super-Mare.

It provides education and vocational training to nearly 30,000 learners across the country.

The College is regarded as one of the top FE colleges in the UK and won both “College of the Year” and “Overall Further Education Provider of the Year” at the 2015 Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards.

It teaches a range of higher education courses through University Centre Weston, as well as 70 different apprenticeships from intermediate to degree-level.

Our mission

Weston College's mission is 'Creating brighter futures', which means that we put our students at the heart of everything we do...

Our values

  • We put students first
  • We are entrepreneurial in approach and innovative in our thinking
  • We are ambitious and aspirational
  • We value diversity and celebrate success
  • We enable collaboration and work in partnership
  • We are responsive to the needs of students, staff, businesses and the community
  • We provide a safe and sustainable place to study and work.

 

Our corporate aims include:

  • Ensuring a safe, stimulating and innovative learning and working environment, responsive to the needs of individuals, businesses and the wider communities
  • Supporting the learning environment through an embedded culture of inclusion, equality and partnership
  • Creating a secure, supportive, responsive and welcoming environment for our students, staff and business partners
  • Harnessing technology to provide an innovative, flexible, and varied learning and working environment
  • Improving opportunities and enabling learners to succeed, progress and meet future challenges by providing high quality teaching, learning and assessment
  • Listening and respecting the views of students, the business community and our staff
  • Remaining a financially robust organisation through long-term financial health enabling the delivery of all corporate aims and objectives.

Our History

Weston College of Further and Higher Education's roots can be traced back over 150 years, with the first documented educational building being built on the Knightstone Campus site by Archdeacon Henry Law in 1845.

This building, the National School (later called St John's Church School), went though several changes before being closed in 1964 and demolished in 1966.

The nearby Hans Price designed School of Science and Art was opened in 1893 as a response to government educational reforms led by Sir Henry Cole which promoted the teaching of qualifications that would lead to the creation of skilled technicians and designers in order to maintain Great Britain's industrial dominance. The School of Science and Art was Grade 2 listed 100 years after its opening, and was refurbished and redeveloped by the College from a derelict state in 2012. It is now used as the College's conference centre.

Weston College's current Knightstone Campus cost around £550,000 to build (nearly £6 million in today's money), and was opened in September 1970. The College's original design placed its front door on the first floor, accessible by an external staircase. The Knightstone Campus has undergone many changes, including an extension completed in 1998 which moved the College's main entrance from Knightstone Road to the adjacent Lower Church Road and brought it down to the ground floor to create an impressive, multi-story reception area.

In 1999, the College opened its sixth form centre on the site of the former Broadoak Sixth Form College on Loxton Road. In 2008, the College developed the land next to the sixth form centre to create the College's second site - the Loxton Campus. This redevelopment included extensive renovation of the sixth form centre to provide a state-of-the-art space for the College's A Level students. The £15 million Loxton Campus was opened by Anne, Princess Royal on 23 June 2008.

In August 2012, Weston College won the OLASS 4 contract to deliver education in prisons across the South West of England.

Work began on the College's third site, the South West Skills Campus, in 2013. This award winning, £14 million project is continuously evolving - with its most recent additions being the Lord Baker Innovation Centre and the Future Technology Centre, where the College's engineering provision is based.

In 2014, the College was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, meaning that is one of the best performing Further Education providers in the country. In February 2015, the College was judged to be both the 'College of the Year' and 'Overall Further Education Provider of the Year' at the Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards 2015.

In November 2015, the College became a university centre with the University of the West of England, on top of its pre-existing university centre status with Bath Spa University.

The College's current developments include a Law and Professional Services Academy and the refurbishment of Weston-super-Mare's Winter Gardens Pavilion.

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