Reflecting upon the past 50 years at New College Stamford, we travel through time looking at how many architectural, technological and social changes have transformed the college into the one we know today.
Renowned for 50 years of continuous excellence with Ofsted commending its “well-established culture of high expectations” today, New College Stamford is much more than a further education institution.
50 years ago the college occupied its current site on Drift Road and later became what we know today as New College Stamford. The college originated in 1895 on Broad Street as a ‘Technical School’ formed by The Stamford Technical Instruction Committee. This later became ‘Stamford College of Further Education’ when building began on the new site in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
1966 – The first students from the engineering department start work at the college. The remaining students and staff transfer from Broad Street to the new College in January 1967.
1967 – Stamford College of Further Education OFFICIALLY opens on Friday 13th October.
In 1973 part time courses included Church Embroidery, Japanese flower Arranging and Crochet. By 1982 courses expanded to include Banking, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, HM Forces, Travel and Tourism and Childcare. Today the college offers a huge variety of courses in 32 different subject areas.
DID YOU KNOW? Alongside the rapid growth of technology, in 1979 Computing courses began when the college acquired 2 computers at a cost of £5000 each! By 1983 the college had 26 microcomputers in the Computing department.
1984 – Construction work begins on a £1.5 million extension to the west block, now home to Catering, Science and Creative Media
1985 – The College Restaurant opens in the new West Block and is shared by hairdressing, offering a 3-course lunch for just £1.75! Today the restaurant, The Gallery Kitchen still offers great value meals for affordable prices. housed
In 1986 a new sports hall and teaching block is opened by Geoff Capes, former British Shot Putter, Strongman and professional Highland Games Competitor.
DID YOU KNOW? By 1987 the number of students at the college had risen by 57% from 1985 with a new total of 635 full time students. Today the college has over 2000 students completing qualifications every year.
The 90’s was a significant decade of development for college facilities. A number of new buildings were constructed that made substantial changes to the layout of the college that we are familiar with today. Not to mention the addition of a bus lane and car park to cater for the increased use of car transport and to accommodate more students and staff.
1990 – A-Levels in Performing Arts and European Studies start. By this time, there are 700 full-time and 3,000 part-time students.
1993 – The 5th floor Computer Suite opens on September 10 with the addition of 120 new computers.
DID YOU KNOW? During 1993 the BBC used the college to store costumes whilst TV series Middlemarch was filmed in the town centre of Stamford.
1995 – The new student refectory opens, and the fitness suite is upgraded, and all-weather pitches are resurfaced.
1997 – The Cadet Block opens and the college is the first in the East Midlands to establish an Army Cadet Force.
1998 – The College is one of the first colleges in England to be inspected by the Further Education Funding Council.
1999 – The newly constructed Visual Arts Block officially opens.
As the 21st century approached, the college established partnerships with local universities. During the 2000’s college principal Andrew Middleton retired after 17 years, to be replaced by Miles Dibsall.
2000 – The Stamford Skills Centre is opened on January 31st by the Stamford Mayor Cedric Cadman and Judy Cadman, Mayoress.
By 2001, the college invested in new sports facilities including a fitness suite. In 2002 the new Megabite Café opens and the refectory and library were extended. In 2004 the college’s dedicated Sixth Form Centre is officially opens by the late Roger Begy, Leader of Rutland County Council.
In December of 2016, the college’s name changes from Stamford College to New College Stamford, authorised by the Department for Education and Skills.
In April 2007, theWelcome Zone on Drift Road opens.
2009 – The college receives a Beacon Award and opening celebrations for the offsite Construction Centre take place on Friday 16th January.
On September 13 2010 Andrew Patience becomes principal of the College.
During the summer of 2012, the official opening of a new extension takes place, which includes a brand-new reception area, Bistro and Conference Centre. These followed the opening of Inspire Hair and Beauty Salons on 25 April the same year.
In 2014, the Borderville Sports Centre, also home to Stamford AFC officially opens! The centre boasts state-of-the-art facilities for Sport, Football Development and Public Services Students.
DID YOU KNOW? On 23February 2015, Former Vice Chairman of the FA pays a visit to Borderville and claims “it’s the best training facility I’ve seen. It’s extraordinary!”.
2015 – Current Principal and Chief Executive Janet Meenaghan joins the college to build on strengths and high standards.
“The college has a great reputation and so much potential. My job is to harness that potential and take the college onto even greater things – securing the college as an outstanding provider of education in Lincolnshire
2016 saw a series of improvements being made to New College Stamford’s main campus to support its students’ success to employment and university and for the benefit of the local community and wider economic development.
In April the brand new £3.7million Construction and Automotive Skills Centre was opened by Minister of State for Skills and Stamford MP, Nick Boles. The new build replicates trade workshops and offers professional tools and equipment found in industry.
In September, after successfully providing Higher Education qualifications such as Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs for over 20 years, the college opens its dedicated university centre, University Centre Stamford.
After undergoing a £210,000 refurbishment during the summer of 2016, the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tony Story officially, opened The Library in November.
In November, popular coffee chain Starbucks Café’ opened in the Bistro.
To celebrate the college’s 50th birthday, the college will officially open the BRAND NEW Refectory which has undergone arenovation throughout the summer.
The opening will take place 50 years since the college opened on Friday 20th October 2017.