West Suffolk College

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West Suffolk College
WestSuffolkCollege logo.gif
Established 1951
Type Further & Higher Education
Principal Dr Nikos Savvas
Location Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 3RL
England Coordinates: 52°14′56″N 0°41′59″E / 52.2489°N 0.6997°E / 52.2489; 0.6997
Local authority Suffolk
Staff 480 FTE Staff1
Students 15,558 (08/09)1
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14+
Website www.westsuffolk-ac.co.uk
West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College is a Further Education college in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.1 It is also a member of the University Campus Suffolk and as part of this affiliation it offers a range of Higher Education degree courses.

Mission

The primary purpose of West Suffolk College is to provide excellent education and training, developing skills that contribute to the success of the individual and economy.

West Suffolk College Mission

Campus and Local Learning Centres

The main campus and facilities of West Suffolk College are situated on Out Risbygate in Bury St Edmunds. However, the Building and Construction services courses are currently located at a separate campus found on Anglian Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

In addition to the two sites in Bury St Edmunds, the college engages with the wider community through a number of Local Learning Centres. These are located in: Haverhill, Ipswich, Mildenhall, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

History

The college was originally founded in 1951 as The Bury St Edmunds Technical Institute and was based at the Silver Jubilee School. The courses provided at this time were largely Engineering, Construction, Building and vocational evening classes.2

In 1958, the decision to build a new, purpose built college was taken. As a result the Gibraltar Barracks site was selected to be the new home of the college. It was finally opened as West Suffolk College on the 29th May 1961 by John Rous the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.2

References

  1. ^ a b c "About West Suffolk College". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b "History of West Suffolk College". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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