The Oldham College

The Oldham College

Coordinates: 53°32′35″N 2°07′12″W / 53.543°N 2.120°W / 53.543; -2.120

The Oldham College
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Established 1839
Type Government funded further education
Religion Secular
Principal Alun Francis
Chair of the Board of Governors Cyril Brandford
Location Rochdale Road
Greater Manchester
DfE URN 130505
Ofsted Reports
Gender Co-educational
Ages 16+
Website The Oldham College

The Oldham College, is a government funded further education college =in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. In 2008 the college had over 8,000 students, making it the largest centre of further education in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. It is a Centre of Vocational Excellence for financial services.[1] It offers a range of vocational courses.

Kath Thomas became the school's principal in February 2004.[2] In February 2008, Ofsted published an inspection report describing the school as "outstanding".[3] Later the same year, The Oldham College was awarded Beacon Status.[4] The government announced in April 2008 that The Oldham School would receive funding to rebuild, however due to budget cuts in mid-2009 it was one of 160 schools to have their funding stopped.[2]

The college offers a wide range of courses aimed at 16–19 year olds, adults and businesses through the colleges dedicated Business training centre Pennine House in Oldham town centre. The college offers a learning environment featuring industry standard facilities and the college has close links with many local, regional and national businesses which enrich and broaden the courses offered by the college, preparing students for progression into employment and higher education.

The college offers a range of IT vendor qualifications including CompTIA A+, N+ and Cisco CCNA.

A 2008 report by Ofsted found that 82% of the school's 8,000 students attended full time. The Oldham College provides a range of vocational courses including option in hair and beauty, visual arts, and hospitality, which were amongst the most popular subject for full-time students.[1]

Notable alumni

  • Paul Walsh, CEO Diageo plc[4]


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