Barnsley College is a further education college just outside the town centre of Barnsley, England. It has several campuses: Old Mill Lane campus, Church Street campus, CUBE Construction Centre, Honeywell Sports campus, STEM Centre, Think Low Carbon Centre, SciTech campus, Wigfield Farm, Eastgate House and the Barnsley Sixth Form College. The college provides A levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, and higher education courses.
|Type||Further education college (with internal Sixth Form)|
|Department for Education URN||130524 Tables|
|Principal||Yiannis Koursis, Denise Jelly (Sixth Form)|
Upon its last Ofsted inspection, the college was awarded the grade of Outstanding, the highest grade available; further to this award the college was also deemed as being The best college in the UK by Ofsted officials.
Old Mill Lane Campus
Work on the Old Mill Lane campus was completed in 2011 and this now serves as the main campus building.
Old Mill Lane has facilities for students, including; Art and Design studios, Industry standard catering kitchens, Simulated nursery and classroom, hair salons and beauty therapy rooms, recording studios, Simulation of an air cabin.
The SciTech Centre
Opened by Sir Patrick Stewart in November 2004, the SciTech Centre is home to Health Sciences, Social Care Professions and Computing subjects.
Honeywell Sports Campus
The Honeywell Sports Campus offers students from all disciplines within the college the opportunity to train and learn in a state of the art fitness environment. The Sports Academy offers team sports as well as support for individual athletes. All sports courses are delivered on campus, as well as Public Services.
The Construction Centre on the Honeywell Campus opened in September 2015 and is for students studying a range of construction trades.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre
The STEM Centre offers modern facilities to students including engineering and electrical workshops and laboratories.
Lifelong Learning Network
The 1990s Incorporation of colleges brought radical changes in management style led by David Eade. Franchising on a large scale brought new funds but ultimately in 2001 financial collapse and 100+ staff redundancies (Hansard 21 Jun 2001: Column 226 Link) as the leadership failed to respond to changes in the funding arrangements (opinion). Stuart Spacey served a prison sentence for fraud as a consequence of actions in this period (Serious Fraud Office press release 19 April 2007 SFO).
- Joann Fletcher, Egyptologist and TV presenter
- Matt Helders of the indie rock group Arctic Monkeys studied music
- Stephanie Hirst radio presenter most notably for time at Capital Yorkshire.
- Gary Jarman, bassist of the indie rock group The Cribs studied music there, but failed to finish the course.
- Ryan Jarman, front man of the indie rock group The Cribs studied music there, but failed to finish the course.
- Sam Nixon was a catering student until he entered the Pop Idol TV competition in 2003. He is now a television presenter.
- Kate Rusby attended in the early 1990s. She is now a folk singer.
- Oliver Sykes, lead vocalist in the metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon.
- Alex Turner of the indie rock group Arctic Monkeys studied music technology.