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St Helens College

St Helens College
Type General Further education college
Location Water Street
St Helens
WA10 1PP
United Kingdom
Local authority St Helens
DfE URN 130488 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students ~15,000
Gender mixed
Ages 16+
Website St Helens College

St Helens College is a general further education college serving the borough of St Helens in Merseyside with around 15,000 students enrolled on over 600 different courses of study. The college employs 836 staff of whom373 are academic staff and 463 are business support.[1]
The College provides a wide range of both further and higher education programmes, including qualifications including City and Guilds, National Diplomas, National Awards, National Certificates and NVQs, and also offers honours and foundation degrees validated through established partnerships with universities including Central Lancashire, Edge Hill, Huddersfield, Liverpool John Moores, Salford and Sheffield Hallam. There are a number of entry level qualifications available. The college traces its foundation to 1896 when it was the town's Gamble Institute, created by philanthropic mayor Sir David Gamble to provide a home of education for the rising generations. After substantial growth and expansion the institute became the towns Technical College in 1959 and merged with Newton College in 1986. The purpose built Technology centre began construction the same year.
St Helens College is a member of the 157 Group of high performing schools.[2] A report following a 2006 Ofsted inspection awarded the college a Grade 2 (good).[1]


  • Centres 1
  • Development 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The college has two campuses: one in the Town Centre and the Technology Centre at Pocket Nook


St Helens College underwent a £62m rebuild and modernisation programme at its Town Centre Campus as part of a Government funded "Building Colleges for the Future Programme" Over £30m was spent on phase 1 which was completed in July 2009. The 1959 Brutalist building was demolished and replaced by an insipid modern structure, and the existing SmithKline Beecham building was refurbished. Building work commenced in January 2008, and was completed in 2011. The development was undertaken in stages in order to avoid disruption to students, staff and local businesses. Thomas Beecham's listed clock tower building, which is one of the town's most popular landmarks, remains an integral part of the campus.


  1. ^ a b Ofsted report 2006 Retrieved 29 July 2010
  2. ^ 157 Group Retrieved 29 July 2010

External links

  • The Independent. St Helens College.
  • Shaun Woodward. Shaun Woodward Supports St Helens College bid
  • Uniguru. St Helens College, UK
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