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Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College
Established 1 August 1995[1]
Type Further education college
Principal Mr Mike Hopkins
Location Middlehaven
Dock Street

North Yorkshire
Local authority Middlesbrough
DfE number 806/8007
DfE URN 130570 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students c. 16,000
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College, located on one campus at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough, England, is the largest college in the Tees Valley.


  • Admissions 1
  • History and estates 2
    • Former schools 2.1
    • Former colleges 2.2
    • Foundation through two mergers 2.3
    • Merger and move to new site 2.4
    • Former sites 2.5
  • Curriculum 3
  • Alumni 4
    • Acklam Hall Grammar School for Boys 4.1
    • Middlesbrough High School for Boys 4.2
    • Kirby Grammar School 4.3
  • See also 5
  • Gallery 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8
    • News items 8.1


It provides predominantly further education, but also selected higher education provision, and until 2008, existed on four different sites across the town (Marton, Acklam, Kirby and Longlands). It currently has 16,000 students. Middlesbrough College was one of Tees Valley Regeneration's major redevelopment projects.

It is situated just north of the A66, between the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge and the Riverside Stadium, close to Middlesbrough city centre on Middlesbrough dock and the dock tower.

History and estates

Former schools

Three of the pre-2008 sites were those of the former grammar schools when run by the Middlesbrough Education Committee:

  • the boys-only Acklam Hall Grammar School for Boys – had existed since 1935
  • the girls-only Kirby Grammar School on the corner of Roman Road and Orchard Road in Linthorpe built in 1911
  • Middlesbrough High School – on Albert Road before 1960, and then on Marton Road.

Acklam Hall Grammar School had 600 boys in the mid-1960s. It merged with Kirby to form Acklam High School, a comprehensive school, in 1968. This school then further changed in 1974 to Acklam Sixth Form College and King's Manor 11–16 School. The King's Manor School suffered a fire and moved across the road, Hall Drive, to share a site with Hall Garth School (now Hall Garth Community Arts College).

Middlesbrough High School for Girls was on Dunning Street. It had 450 girls in the 1950s, and 600 in 1962. Middlesbrough High School for Boys had around 450 boys in the 1950s, and 600 in the mid-1960s. The boys' and girls' schools, both three-form entry schools, merged in September 1967 to form Middlesbrough High School, an ages 13–18 comprehensive with around 1,200 boys and girls and 500 in the sixth form. Middlesbrough High School became Middlesbrough and Marton Sixth Form College in 1974. In April 1974, the school had been taken over by the Country of Cleveland (Cleveland County Council).

Former colleges

Longlands College of Further Education was on Douglas Street which opened in 1957, and at first partly used by the Constantine Technical College. It was near the junction of Marton Road (A172) and Longlands Road (A1085) just west of North Ormesby.

Kirby College of Further Education was separate and established in 1968 on Roman Road. It had departments such as Food and Fashion, Catering, Hairdressing, and Business Studies, and taught single O-level subjects (re-takes or part-time). It was not used as a sixth form college.

Foundation through two mergers

Teesside Tertiary College was created on 1 August 1995 by the merger of Longlands College of Further Education and Marton Sixth Form College, and was based on Marton Road next to the James Cook University Hospital.

Middlesbrough College was formed when Kirby College of Further Education merged with Acklam Sixth Form College, also on 1 August 1995.

From 1992, these two colleges had been funded by the Further Education Funding Council for England. In 1995, Teesside Tertiary College offered £1,200 for every person signing up for A-level course who had eight A grades at GCSE.

Merger and move to new site

Main Building

Middlesbrough College merged with Teesside Tertiary College on 1 August 2002, with it now being spread over four sites. Since 2001, these colleges had been funded by the Learning and Skills Council for England. Once the merger was complete, planning began for the relocation to a single site at Middlehaven in central Middlesbrough. Building work for the new college building at Middlehaven began in early 2007. In September 2008, the four separate sites were eventually consolidated onto a single site with the opening of the new £68 million Middlesbrough college building.[2][3]

The Middlehaven site has since grown with the opening of new college buildings adjacent to the main building, including MC6 & MC SPORT (a sixth form centre & sports academy) in October 2012,[4] and a currently under construction STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) centre.[5]

Former sites

Middlesbrough college's four previous sites were:-

  • Marton Road (Marton Campus)
  • Douglas Street (Longlands Campus)
  • Roman Road (Kirby Campus)
  • Hall Drive (Acklam Campus)

The 18-acre (73,000 m2) Marton Campus is in the process of becoming a housing estate with 275 houses being built by Taylor Woodrow. Its three sports halls were demolished, but the three football pitches were kept by the college. A new sports village being built adjacent to the site will see an outdoor velodrome replace the football pitches.[6] The 9-acre (36,000 m2) Kirby Campus now has 84 houses and 53 apartments built on it by Taylor Woodrow. The former Kirby Grammar School has become 21 apartments. The 9-acre (36,000 m2) Longlands Campus has become 104 houses built by Taylor Woodrow. This includes the former playing field and sports hall.


Courses range from university-oriented academics to vocational education. Selected higher education courses exist by virtue of an indirectly funded partnership arrangement with the Teesside University.


Acklam Hall Grammar School for Boys

Middlesbrough High School for Boys

Kirby Grammar School

  • Anna Raeburn, agony aunt and radio broadcaster.
  • Professor Sue Scott, Feminist and Sociologist, Managing Editor of Discover Society

See also



  1. ^ "The Archives: History of Middlesbrough College". Middlesbrough College through Teesside Archives. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Home page". Middlesbrough College. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "College steps into the future". Middlesbrough Gazette Live. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Professor Lord Robert Winston praises new Middlesbrough College centre - GALLERY". Middlesbrough Gazette Live. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bosses back Middlesbrough College in £20m skills plan". Middlesbrough Gazette Live. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Middlesbrough Sports Village velodrome plans are back on track". Middlesbrough Gazette Live. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 

External links

  • College homepage
  • at BBC TeesAcklam Through The Ages.
  • Malayan Teacher Training CollegeMemories of Kirby
  • Formation of Teesside Tertiary College in 1995
  • Formation of the college in 1995
  • Merger in 2002

News items

  • History of Acklam Hall
  • Teesside Tertiary College formed in 1995
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