Weston College

Weston College

Weston College is a further education college situated in Weston-super-Mare, England. The college has more than 19,000 students who are taught at locations in Weston-super-Mare and across North Somerset. The courses lead to qualifications including A-level, BTEC, and ECDL awards; the college also creates courses for industry, and runs some university-level courses, such as Bath Spa University's Foundation Degree in Performing Arts). The college is funded by public money via the Learning and Skills Council.


Weston College traces its history to private drawing and painting classes offered by Henry Stacy in Oriel Terrace in 1859. The college's "Hans Price Gallery" which is used to exhibit work by college students and local artists, is housed in the former School of Science and Art on Lower Church Road, which was designed by local architect Hans Price. [cite web | url= http://www.weston.ac.uk/media/article.php?id=344&ref=1 | work= Weston College | title= Creative Arts Annual Exhibition | date= 8 June 2007 | accessdate= 2007-07-05 ]


The main college building is situated close to the town centre and beach and forms, along with the Hans Price Gallery, the Knightstone Campus. This was formerly Weston-super-Mare Technical College. Opened in 1970, it is the tallest building in the town with nine operational floors. The lower floors were enlarged about thirty years later to give more classroom space.

The former Broadoak Sixth Form Centre in Loxton Road at the south end of the town was demolished in 2006. The new University Campus opened on the same site in September 2007 to provide sixth form facilities and also be the centre for degree courses. The sixth form is housed in the "Jill Dando Centre", named after former Broadoak Sixth Form pupil, Jill Dando. [cite web | url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/6932654.stm | title= College remembers presenter Dando | date= 6 August 2007 | work= BBC News | accessdate= 2007-10-30]


*Beth Rowley - singer/song writer of R&B and Soul music


External links

* [http://www.weston.ac.uk/ Weston College website]

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