Wakefield College

Wakefield College
Wakefield College
Wakefield College.png
Motto "Transforming lives, building prosperous communities"
Established 1868
Religion Mixed
Location Margaret Street
West Yorkshire
England England
Local authority Yorkshire & Humber LSC (although in Wakefield LEA)
DfE URN 130549
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Website College Website

Coordinates: 53°41′10″N 1°30′21″W / 53.68600°N 1.50595°W / 53.68600; -1.50595

Wakefield College is a Further Education College [1] in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. It has provided education within the city since 1868 [2].



In the 1950s it was known as Wakefield Technical College on Burton Street, becoming Wakefield Technical and Arts College in the early 1960s, and Wakefield College of Technolog y and Arts in 1973. In 1974 it was administered by the City of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough.


Wakefield College has three main campuses in the Wakefield district:

Wakefield Campus

This site is located at Margaret Street in the city centre and houses the Sixth Form Centre for students studying for AS and A Levels. This campus offers also courses such as ICT and Computing, Office Skills, Hospitality and Catering, Travel and Tourism, Health Studies, Childcare, Animal Care and Languages[3].

Thornes Park Campus

This site is located in the centre of Thornes Park, Wakefield and offers courses such as Performing Arts and Music, Art, Design, Media and Communications, Business and Management, Sport and Public Services[4]. The buildings are made up of the former Thornes House High School (also known as Thornes House Grammar School) which opened in 1921 as separate sex school. In 1941 it became a mixed school, and the school suffered a fire in July 1951. It was administered by the City of Wakefield Educational Committee. It became a 13-18 comprehensive school in 1972 with 1200 boys and girls. In 1981 it lost its Sixth Form, becoming a 13-16 school, and in 1992 merged with nearby Cathedral Middle School and the newly formed school re-located into Cathedral Middle's buildings on Thornes Road [5]. In 1993, it became part of Wakefield College,[6].


This is a purpose site in Glasshoughton which opened in 2008[7], described by the College as a 'distinctive, iconic structure'. This site houses courses for construction crafts, practical engineering, motor vehicle, hairdressing and beauty therapy, IT and care[8]. This site replaced the Whitwood Campus, located in Castleford. This now closed campus was the former Whitwood Mining and Technical School which opened in the 1930s and closed in February 2009[9]


Alumni of Thornes House School

Alumni of Thornes House School are known as Old Thornesians.

Wakefield College Students' Union

Wakefield College Students' Union is the official Students' Union for Wakefield College. Its role is to provide a representative channel between all students and the authorities of the college as well as to provide services and run events and campaigns.

Executive Committee

The Unions Executive Committee are elected once every year; Usually at the end of the previous academic year and, if necessary, again at the start of the appropriate Academic year to fill the remaining unfilled posts. The Committee currently has 10 members. The Executive Committee along with certain members of staff are responsible for running the union as a whole.


  1. ^ http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_providers/full/(urn)/130549 Ofsted Wakefield College
  2. ^ http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/About/ Wakefield College - About
  3. ^ http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/About/WakefieldCampus.asp Wakefield College - Wakefield Campus
  4. ^ http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/About/ThornesParkCampus.asp Wakefield College - Thornes Park Campus
  5. ^ http://thorneshouse.org.uk/History/history-2.htm Thornes House Website
  6. ^ http://www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/Educational%20Establishments.htm Wakefield Family History Site
  7. ^ http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/News/PressReleases/Articles/2009/04/SXCOpening.asp Wakefield College Press Release
  8. ^ http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/About/skillsXchange.asp Wakefield College - skillsXchange
  9. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/22226318@N08/sets/72157610013242880/with/3056492281/ flickr.com Whitwood Campus

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