Spelthorne College

Spelthorne College was a single-campus sixth form college on High Street, Ashford, Surrey, England. It was formed in 1975 as a successor to Ashford Sixth Form College and Sunbury Sixth Form College. Its campus was founded in 1911 as Ashford County Grammar School, which became a sixth form college in 1965. In 2007 Spelthorne College merged with Brooklands College in Weybridge.

Spelthorne College
Address
Church Road

, ,
TW15 2XD

England
Coordinates51.435°N 0.463°W / 51.435; -0.463
Information
Typefurther education college
Established1911
FounderMiddlesex County Council
Closed2007
Local authoritySurrey
GenderMixed
Age16+
Former nameAshford Sixth Form College (1965–75)
Ashford County Grammar School (1911–65)

Former school

Middlesex County Council founded the school in 1911 as Ashford County Grammar School, funded by the combined county and district local rates collected by Staines Rural District Council (RDC). It taught children of secondary school age from 11 to 18.

In 1965 Middlesex County Council was dissolved and Ashford was made part of Surrey. The school continued as a grammar school until some time in the 70s when Surrey County Council transferred the school's 11- to 15-year-old pupils to other schools and turned Ashford County Grammar into Ashford Sixth Form College. In 1974 Staines RDC was dissolved and its area became part of the new Spelthorne Borough Council (SBC). In 1975 the college absorbed pupils and staff from Sunbury Sixth Form College and was renamed Spelthorne College.

Spelthorne College's archive is lodged with Spelthorne Museum.

Merger

As the college provided education in England and Wales to children more than 16 years old, in 1992 its funding passed to the Further Education Funding Council for England, later replaced by the Learning and Skills Council. The college performed well in external reviews, for instance gaining 23–24 points in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's (QAA) review of its higher education provision in business studies.

Brooklands College

A Strategic Area Review in 2004 by the Learning Skills Council recommended that to expand and modernise the college's premises it merge with a larger institution. On 1 August 2007 the merger with Brooklands College was completed, to operate as the Ashford Campus, the other campus being the Brooklands College's Weybridge campus.

Redevelopment

After Spelthorne College was dissolved in 2007, Inland Homes plc acquired its campus of 10 acres (4 ha) and sought planning permission to redevelop it. On 8 February 2017 SBC refused planning permission to redevelop the site as shops, a public square and 366 homes in buildings ranging from one to six storeys high.[1] Inland Homes disregarded the decision and on 20 February started demolishing the buildings. SBC issued an order to stop, and demolition ceased on 21 February.[2] As of April 2017 the building remained partly demolished pending resolution of the dispute.

Alumni

Ashford County Grammar School, Sunbury and Ashford Sixth Form Colleges and Spelthorne College:

References

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