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Derby College

Derby College
Established 2000 (merger)
Type FE College
Principal Mandie Stravino
Location Roundhouse Road
DE24 8JE
Local authority Derby
DfE URN 133585 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 1500
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14–18+
Website Derby College

Derby College is a further education centre with sites located within Derbyshire (Derby and South East Derbyshire – Ilkeston, Morley & Heanor), England and the surrounding area. The college is a member of the 157 Group of high performing colleges.[1] Because of Derby College's central location and transport links it draws students from across the region.


Derby College of Higher Education split from Derby College of Further Education (FE) during the 1960s. Derby FE was primarily targeted at part-time students from engineering companies such as Rolls Royce and British Rail. This provision continued through to the 1980s until a major restructuring of industry and the apprenticeship system. The FE colleges then took on different types of students and evolved into new areas.

In 1989 Derbyshire County Council was responsible for education, and formed two colleges, Wilmorton and Mackworth to serve different parts of the city.

Mackworth College

This was opened on the site of the former Parkfield Cedars Grammar School, which moved there in 1969. It became a comprehensive school, then became Mackworth College in 1989. In 1997 there were plans to merge with the University of Derby, but these stalled in 1998. High Peak College, part of the original merger proposal, in Buxton, merged nonetheless becoming the Devonshire Campus in 1998.

Wilmorton College

The former Wilmorton College in April 2005

This was situated at the current junction of the Wilmorton Link and London Road on the A6. This was some distance from the town centre.

Broomfield College

Is situated in the ground of Broomfield Hall. Built in 1873, it was originally the country home of Charles Schwind, and became the Derbyshire Farm Institute. The former students of Broomfield Hall alumni association is called – Broomfield Old Students Association (BOSA).


Derby College was established as a single institution in 2002 by merging three further education colleges: Mackworth Tertiary College, Wilmorton Tertiary College and Broomfield Agricultural College.[2] Since then Wilmorton College has been demolished and turned into a housing estate; and Derby College has built two new purpose built sites; The Joseph Wright Centre (JWC), which specialises in A' levels and in 2010 Derby College reported a 99% success rate for the second year in a row. The Roundhouse redevelopment is the College's flagship site with a focus on vocational qualifications.

A merger between South East Derbyshire College and Derby College was approved on 2 February 2010.[3]


The college offers a wide variety of courses at various levels of education. Working with Key Stage 4 in the 14 – 16 curriculum through to Foundation degree and continued professional development.

Students' Union

The Derby College Student's Union (DCSU) was voted FE Student's Union of the Year 2008. [4]


Derby College has a number of campuses across Derbyshire:

The Roundhouse

Officially opened in 2010 by the Princess Royal and accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire. The Roundhouse (RH) is dedicated to vocational and BTEC courses such as ICT, Construction, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Art & Design and Catering & Hospitality.

As part of the Hair & Beauty faculty and also the Catering and Hospitality course, the Roundhouse incorporates the SENSI hairdressing, holistics & beauty salon, and The Engine Shed Restaurant, which are open to the public. The Roundhouse is also the home of the main Derby College Student Union (DCSU) office.

Being based at Pride Park in the heart of Derby, it is in close proximity to all major transport links, adjacent to the Derby Midland railway station and Derby Bus Station is located walking distance from the college.

The Roundhouse – Johnson Building (JB)

The Johnson Annex on Locomotive Way, Pride Park, is the Sports and Automotive centre for Derby College. It is also the centre for Corporate College @ Derby College, a "skills solution provider" for companies. Conference facilities are available on this site.

The Roundhouse – Hudson Building

The Hudson (HB) Building on Locomotive Way, Pride Park, is the Construction centre for Derby College.

Joseph Wright Centre

Joseph Wright Centre (JWC) – Located in Derby City Centre. This site holds over 1,500 students and has three floors, ground, first, second and third floors. With access for disabled students, there are two lifts going both up and down the building and a third in the extension. A canteen is also at the students service. This site is a sixth form college. It opened in 2005, and was extended in the next two years. Courses include A' Levels (Choice of 35 including extended project), Music, Media, ICT Level 3.

The new Joseph Wright Sixth Form College

Broomfield Hall

Broomfield Hall (BH) – Located on the A608 near Morley, Ilkeston, with 450 acres (1.8 km2) of land and was built in 1870. This site has residential housing for students. It is the home to Aboriculture, Agriculture, Animal Care, Conservation and Countryside, Equine, Floristry and Flower Arranging, Horticulture and Public Services courses. This used to be an independent agricultural college. It is also technically outside of Derby LEA, in Derbyshire and the Erewash district.

Ilkeston & Heanor

The sites of the former South East Derbyshire College are now part of Derby College. Mundy Street and Field Road specialise in delivering Hair & Beauty, Business, Caring, Brickwork, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting & Decorating, Plastering and Tiling in the Derbyshire area.

In January 2014 the Ilkeston campus moved from Field Road to a new building on Pimlico, a purpose built community college in the heart of Ilkeston town centre.

Employment World @ Derby College (EW)

'Employment World @ Derby College' is based at St Peter's House. It works with unemployed people to equip them with the skills required to rejoin the workforce.

Working directly with employers and partners the programmes are available to individuals aged 18+ and are targeted at labour market opportunities. Courses also lead to a full Level 2 or Level 3 Qualification.

Derby College IT Learning Centres

The Learning Centres offer courses in functional skills such as IT, either for beginners or for those who feel they have advanced computing skills.

The entrance of the Joseph Wright centre

The Derby College Group

Merrill Academy

[5] Since January 2013 Derby College is also the sponsor for Merrill Academy

University Technical College

[6] In March 2013 the Department for Education announced a successful bid had been approved for a University Technical College (UTC) Derby College is working with the University of Derby, Rolls Royce Plc, Toyota, Bombardier and Derby City Council to deliver education and training of young people aged 14 to 19, it will provide normal curriculum studies alongside engineering and technology skills promotion.

Studio School

[7] In April 2013, the Department for Education announced that Derby College had been given approval to open a Studio School which will be the first in Derbyshire. It will specialise in Digital Technologies and located on the site of Heanor Grammar School.

Recognitions and achievements

The Training Quality Standard (TQS)

Derby College was the first Further Education establishment in the East Midlands to be awarded the Training Quality Standard (TQS). The Training Quality Standard is a mark that can be recognised by employers as a sign that a provider will offer them training and development solutions a recognition of the organisations who consistently deliver training and development solutions to employers that positively impact on their business needs.

The Matrix Standard (TQS)

Providing impartial advice and guidance for careers and courses

Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)

The College has been awarded CoVE status in Engineering, Construction, ICT and Retail.

Roundhouse Events

The Roundhouse itself has been recorded by the Guinness World Records as the first roundhouse built in 1839 by the North Midland Railway and is a registered historic site.

The Roundhouse has hosted a number of high profile events and conferences including International Women's Day celebration and BBC's Question Time.

Former sites

Masons Place

Masons Place (MP) – Located in Chaddesden. This site delivered Brickwork, Plastering, Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical Installation, Manufacturing, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing & Gas Training, Professional Construction and Road Haulage courses, in addition to some of the Engineering and Rolls-Royce Learning & Career Development courses.

Prince Charles Avenue

Prince Charles Avenue (PCA) – Was located in the Mackworth Estate, Derby. It was one of the founding sites of Derby College.


Wilmorton College

  • Jeremy Groombridge CB, Director of Transformation and Product Management at Jobcentre Plus since 2006

Parkfield Cedars Grammar School


  1. ^ 157 Group Retrieved 29 July 2010
  2. ^ Derby College Website accessed December 2007
  3. ^
  4. ^ "NUS Impact Report 2008" (Press release). National Union of Students. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  5. ^ "Merrill". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Employment Skills Set For Boost at New University Technical College". Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  7. ^

External links

  • The college's official website
  • The official website of DCSU
  • EduBase
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