Kirklees College

Kirklees College is a further education college with two main centres in the towns of Dewsbury and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England.

Kirklees College
Waterfront Quarter


Coordinates53°38′53″N 1°47′17″W
TypeFurther education college
Established1 August 2008
Local authorityKirklees
Department for Education URN130537 Tables
PrincipalMarie Gilluley
Colour(s)Aqua and Grey         
Former nameDewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College


The college was formed on 1 August 2008 after the Dewsbury College Dissolution order [1] approved that the corporation of Dewsbury College be dissolved and all its property, rights and liabilities transferred to Huddersfield Technical College. On 1 August 2008 Huddersfield Technical College changed its name to Kirklees College.[2]

Former colleges

Part of Dewsbury College is the former Wheelwright Grammar School for Boys. It had around 450 boys in the 1960s and was administered by the County Borough of Dewsbury Education Committee.



The Dewsbury centre has three campuses in and around Dewsbury:

  • The Batley School of Art is on Birkdale Road.[3]
  • The main campus is on Halifax Road, Dewsbury, about 200 yards from the main site.[4]
  • Wheelwright Campus is home to all of the art courses, but is also home to sports and fitness courses, due to the large playing field on its grounds.[5] The centre operates an award-winning Photographic course – BA Hons Contemporary Photographic Arts, a full-time three year honours degree from the University of Huddersfield.[6] The course has a national reputation and has approval from the 'British Institute of Professional Photographers'.


A new campus has been constructed off Manchester Road, adjacent to the River Colne, just outside the Huddersfield town centre, at a projected cost of £85 million, to replace the New North Road Campus.[7][8]

The college's Taylor Hill Centre, on Close Hill Road in the Huddersfield suburb of Taylor Hill, provides full-time courses relating to animal care, land-based studies, conservation and countryside management.[9]


The Leeds Metropolitan University validates the School of Art and Designs' flagship course B.A.Hons "Fine Art for Design", an internationally renowned and award-winning course. Art, Design & Fashion.[10] Since its creation in 1998 by Eve Jones and Richard Gray, students have gone on to study at The Royal College of Art, won the Unilever graduate of the year award and many other national and international prizes. The course exhibits in London every year at Free Range at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick lane.[11]

In November 2010 the college paid £5,000 compensation in a private settlement to a blind student, Tmara Senior, after legal action was taken against the school, for bullying by a teacher and other students in 2008. Tmara Senior and her husband Wayne, who is also blind said that they think it’s important that what happened to Tmara shouldn’t be “covered up” and “forgotten”.[12]


Huddersfield Technical College

Dewsbury College

Wheelwright Grammar School for Boys

See also

  • University of Huddersfield – from 1896–1956 formerly known as Huddersfield Technical College, then Huddersfield College of Technology until 1970


  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Batley School of Art". Kirklees College. 2009. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  4. "Batley School Of Art, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Wheelwright Centre, Birkdale Road". cylex-uk. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  5. "Sport" (PDF). Kirklees College. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  6. "Colleges in Wheelwright Campus, Birkdale Road, Dewsbury". Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  7. "Kirklees College gets go ahead to move to new £85m Huddersfield site". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  8. "Work officially begins on new Kirklees College site". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  9. "Kirklees College – Taylor Hill Centre". Kirklees Council. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  10. "Art, Design & Fashion" (PDF). Kirklees College. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  11. "Free Range – Europe's largest showcase of graduate art & design". Free Range. 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  12. "Kirklees College pay bullied blind woman £5,000 in private settlement". Huddersfield Examiner. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
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