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Celebrating 50 Years of Learning

Celebrating 50 Years of Learning






HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE This year Bishop Auckland College will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. In those 50 years the College has established itself as a first class provider of further education in South West Durham. Bishop Auckland College began life as a

It was the demand for engineering courses

Technical Institute with classes being run in the

needed by local industry that led to the first

Mechanics Institute in Victoria Avenue and other

buildings for the Bishop Auckland Technical

town centre locations. In September 1950 the

College (now Bishop Auckland College) on

Technical Institute was opened in the old Railway

Woodhouse Lane. This was formally opened by

Offices, Station Approach. Enrolment in 1950/51

County Alderman F. Hunt JP on Wednesday 26

was 250 part-time day and evening students.

February 1958 at 2.30pm.

Today that figure is almost 8,000.

Brief Timeline: 1950 - Technical Institute opened September 1950 in the old Railway Offices, Station Approach 1958 - County Alderman F. Hunt JP formally opens Bishop Auckland Technical College on Woodhouse Lane 1962 - New 4 storey block added including Gym and Library 1988 - Access to Higher Education for adults


Since 1958 there have been only three other Principals prior to Joanna Tait Principal/Chief Executive and these were H.F. Tirrell, H.A. Dickinson and Keith Byfield.

1993 - New Corporation (governing body) established to govern the estate and staff of the College 1994 - Joanna Tait appointed Principal/Chief Executive 2007 - First phase of the brand new Bishop Auckland College opened to students 2008 - HRH The Princess Royal officially opens first phase of the new building


INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE January 2008 sees the official opening of the biggest investment programme the College has undertaken to date – the first phase of a brand new Bishop Auckland College, serving the South West Durham districts of Wear Valley, Sedgefield Borough and Teesdale. The new facilities and equipment

On the ground floor the first port

will see the College continue to

of call for visitors and students is

be flexible in the way it teaches

a welcoming and spacious glass

and supports students and will

fronted Information, Advice &

help provide courses which are

Guidance Centre; a multi-purpose

diverse, vocational and academic.

sports hall built to Sport England

The learning opportunities

specifications complete with

offered will suit the growing

climbing wall; a suite of hair,

needs of students well into

beauty and holistic therapy

the 21st Century.

salons with the latest industry specific equipment; dining areas

The outstanding and striking new

and cafeteria, also glass fronted,

three-storey building occupies

which is open to the public for


9,500 metres with

lunch and where customers can

a ground floor footprint of

relish a varied menu of quality


3,940 metres .

dishes prepared by professional


catering students. A commercial

and interactive smart-boards

restaurant is also open for

and low energy usage hi-tech

lunches & dinners.

flat screen computers. Another environmentally friendly

The first floor houses an

element is the natural

impressive Library and high-

ventilation system to most

tech Resource Centre where

study areas.

students can access the internet and borrow books, magazines

The expansive use of glazing

and cds to help with their study.

brings natural light to the core of the building. A special point

The second floor boasts a

of interest are several ocular

Conference Suite with

shaped student 'chill-out' areas

impressive hospitality facilities

where light cascades down the

overlooking the College campus

building from concealed

and with outstanding

transparent sections in the

panoramic views of the

ceiling. The imaginative use of

surrounding area.

colours throughout the building creates an engrossing

Designed with many energy

atmosphere for both visitors

saving features, study areas are

and students.

fitted with the latest technology including electronic


CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF LEARNING Bishop Auckland College has been providing high quality education and training in Bishop Auckland for 50 years and is proud to celebrate its anniversary in 2008 with its many partners & students. In those 50 years the College has established itself as the first choice for young people, mature students and professionals who wish to attain qualifications, develop their skills or acquire new ones. The College takes pride in the fact that we know our students as individuals and can offer them a stimulating and rewarding College life. From its origins in Bishop Auckland, the College now maintains specialist learning centres in Crook (Wear Valley), Barnard Castle (Teesdale) and Newton Aycliffe (Sedgefield Borough). The College is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in the areas of Childcare and Adult and Social Care, and continues to grow its portfolio of Higher Education courses through close links with local and regional universities. The College maintains a strong commitment to providing a wide range of community based learning opportunities across South West Durham. The College’s dedicated employer section ‘Business Training Services’ in Newton Aycliffe is committed to strengthening relationships with local businesses and to enhance the quality of its education and training solutions to help employers looking to up-skill their workforces. Joanna Tait, Principal/Chief Executive said: “We were aware that the existing College buildings were not meeting the changing needs of our learners. The old buildings have served us well and the College is a landmark on this site. This investment has given us a wonderful opportunity to keep up the College's reputation of being a first class provider of Further Education in Bishop Auckland & South West Durham.”


The College provides a wide range of vocational and apprenticeship courses including: • Accounting • Applied Science • Art , Crafts & Design • Beauty Therapy • Business & Administration • Catering & Hospitality • Childcare & Education • Complementary and Sports Therapies • Community Learning • Computing & IT • Construction (Brickwork, Electrical, Joinery, Painting & Decorating and Plumbing) • Custom designed courses for employers • Distance Learning • Engineering • Foundation Studies • Hairdressing • Health & Social Care • Higher Education • Languages • Motor Vehicle • Music & Performing Arts • Outdoor Activities • Sport • Teacher Training • Travel & Tourism • Uniformed Services • A range of A levels and GCSEs

NEW BUILD - NEW LOGO To celebrate the launch of the new Bishop Auckland College a new contemporary logo was developed internally by the Marketing Department following consultation with students, staff, College Governors and key stakeholders. The new logo is inspired from the landmark ‘portico’ entrance to the new building, an architectural feature of the new development that can be seen from many vantage points around the area. To the right is a selection of the College’s logos over the past 50 years. If you were a student or a member of staff from the 1950s to the present day and would like to share your memories of your time spent at Bishop Auckland College please contact the Marketing Department: 01388 443000


LANDMARK LEARNING FACILITY Following planning approval by Wear Valley District Council work on the new Bishop Auckland College began in February 2006 and progressed alongside the existing college. The build programme was led and managed by the College. Durham based architects Howarth Litchfield

Gateshead-based company Executel installed

Partnership who are specialists in delivering

the latest cutting-edge communication system.

public sector buildings were appointed. Faithful & Gould Construction, Cundall

Turner & Townsend assisted the College in

Consulting Engineers along with Management

overseeing the project as a whole.

Systems and College staff completed the design team.

The first phase of the new college was completed in May 2007 earlier than planned and

Heading up the construction work was regionally

within budget. The new build has been 55%

based company SURGO who worked with a

funded (9.5m) by the LSC (Learning & Skills

number of other sub-contractors.

Council) and a long term commercial mortgage.

Phase 1 facilities include: • Teaching and Learning Accommodation • Centres for Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) in Childcare and Adult & Social Care • Library and Learning Resource Centre • State of the art ICT and Multimedia • Industry standard facilities in Hairdressing, Beauty, Complementary & Sports Therapies, Catering & Hospitality • Information, Advice & Guidance from our Client Services Team • Student Support Centre • Restaurant and Cafeteria • 4 Court Sports Hall and Changing Facilities • Management & Administration Centre


Phase 2 facilities will include: • Technology Centre for Construction Trades and Motor Vehicle Engineering • Music Technology including Sound Recording and Studio Production • Performing Arts Studios and Exhibition Area • Design Centre for 3D, Fashion, Graphic Design, Fine Art and Multimedia

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 2

PARTNERSHIPS AND THE FUTURE Phase 3 is also underway and involves a

the 14-19 agenda as well as the economic

partnership development with Sedgefield

regeneration needs of South West Durham and

Borough Council to create a state of the art Work

North East England.

Based Learning Centre in Spennymoor, due to be completed in summer/autumn 2009.

The College extends its heartfelt thanks to all its partners who have supported it in its

Working in partnership with employers, local

development through its vision and mission -

authorities, communities and local schools has

To promote social inclusion, fulfil aspirations

been key to the more recent developments at

and develop the potential of individuals,

the College, and will be crucial for the next 50

communities and employers through excellence

years of College development. Phases 1, 2 and

in teaching, learning and skills.

3 support the College’s work with schools on

Celebrating 50 Years of Learning

Design Marketing Department

John Moorley Chair of Corporation

Photography Marketing Department | Cameracraft | Julian French

Print CP Offset

Joanna Tait Principal | Chief Executive

Bishop Auckland College Woodhouse Lane | Bishop Auckland | Co Durham | DL14 6JZ

T: 01388 443000 F: 01388 609294 E: W: Client Services: 01388 443030

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