Telford College

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Coordinates: 52°41′49″N 2°29′53″W / 52.697°N 2.498°W / 52.697; -2.498

Telford College
Telford College (Shropshire) 2017 logo (both variations).jpg
Both variations of the college logo
Haybridge Road, Wellington

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Type Further education college
Motto "Define your future"
Established 1892 (2017 as Telford college)
Founder Charles Clement Walker
Local authority Telford and Wrekin
Ofsted Reports
Chair Paul Hinkins
Principal Graham Guest (Principal & CEO)
Age 16+
Enrolment 1,300 (full time) and 6,700 (part time)
Telephone 01952 642200
Fax 01952 642293

Telford College is a further education college in Telford, Shropshire, England. It operates from one main site and many in-company training sites and community-based courses spread out across Shropshire and the whole of the United Kingdom. During 2017 the college improved its Ofsted rating to Grade 3.

the campus, viewed from the north, in May 2013.


The college was founded in 1892 by Charles Walker as the Centre for Art and Science Classes and was originally based in Oakengates, Shropshire. From 1913 until the Second World War it was based in the former Coffee House and Recreation Centre in Market Street which was since demolished by the Telford Development Corporation.[1] The college moved to a new site, built in 1926, down Hartsbridge Road becoming the Walker Technical College. In the 1960s it opened a larger campus on Haybridge Road in Wellington which became the part of new town of Telford. On 1 January 1983 the college was renamed Telford College of Arts and Technology [2] commonly abbreviated as TCAT (pronounced /ˈtkæt/ TEE-kat). The Bridge Centre (literacy and numeracy department) opened in 1990 followed by a new Learning Resource Centre and the Haybridge Restaurant in 1997.

The old Oakengates Site (now closed) on Hartsbridge Road in March 2010. The building has since been sold and converted into apartments.
The college's previous logo. The bridge symbol was used from c.1990 until 2017.

On 12 November 2004 W Block (Charles Walker Building) Centre of Vocational Excellence was officially opened by Mr Michael Beasley CBE.

On 31 October 2005 E Block and S Block (sports and hairdressing) were officially opened by the Princess Royal.

In 2006 it received very good grades after an OFSTED inspection.[3]

In 2008 the college celebrated the Queens Anniversary Award with a visit to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

On 16 October 2012 the Construction Centre, converted from the old sports hall, was officially opened by Tony Gray CEO of the Southwater Event Group.[4]

In May 2013 the Discovery and Oakdene Centres opened.[5][6]

In January 2014 the Orange Tree Restaurant, purchased by the college and converted from the Telford and Wrekin Council's Social Education Centre within the campus, opened for the teaching of catering courses and is open to the public once a week.[7]

In September 2014 the Automotive Engineering centre opened.[8] The official opening was performed on 7 November 2014 by British touring car champion Matt Neal.[9]

On 17 October 2015 the college's Willow Tree Centre was officially opened by Councillor Paul Watling, cabinet member for children, young people and families in the Telford and Wrekin Council.[10]

In September 2017 the college merged with New College, Telford forming Telford College unveiling the current logo beforehand. The college continued to use two existing campuses until September 2018, with New College keeping its separate identity until then, when all students were moved to the existing Haybridge Road campus with a further £2 million investment in a new facility.[11]

Student numbers[edit]

It has over 16,000 students: 1200 full-time, 15,000 part-time. Students at present include school leavers, individuals taking a second chance at education, employees of multi-national companies and overseas students.

Course provision[edit]

The college offers a wide range of vocational courses including NVQs, professional, preparatory degree and tailor-made programmes. Since its merger with New College Telford, it has offered 22 A-level qualifications and became the second largest A-level provider in Shropshire after Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.


  1. ^ Oakengates in the words of Oakengates People. Telford Community Arts. 1987. p. 84. ISBN 0946076022.
  2. ^ "Telford from the Air". Shropshire Star (Shropshire from the Air ed.). 30 June 1999. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2008-06-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Telford College opens £1m construction centre". Shropshire Star. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Oakdene Centre opening". Shropshire Star. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Discovery Centre opening". Shropshire Star. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Homepage". Organge Tree at Telford College. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  8. ^ "BBC article on the opening of the Automotive Engineering centre". BBC. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Article on the official opening of Automotive Engineering". Shropshire Live. 7 November 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. ^ "New £1.8m centre opens doors in Telford". Shropshire Star. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Telford College reveals new branding as merger gets closer". Shropshire Star. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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