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Suffolk New College

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Established  2009 (2009)
DfE number  935/8003
Phone  +44 1473 382200
Local authority  Suffolk
Principal  Viv Gillespie
DfE URN  130820 Tables
Founded  2009
Type  Further education college
Location  Rope Walk Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1LT England
Address  Rope Walk, Ipswich IP4 1LT, UK
Similar  West Suffolk College, Westbourne Academy, Easton & Otley College, Lowestoft College, Otley College of Agricultur

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Suffolk New College (formerly Suffolk College) is a further education college in Ipswich. It provides courses for students from across south Suffolk. In 2009 it constructed a new building costing £70 million.



The college is a mixed general further education college located in central Ipswich. It offers secondary and further education courses such as vocational programmes, GCSEs and apprenticeships as well as some higher education and leisure learning courses. As of 2017, the college has approximately 3,000 students enrolled and 480 staff.

The College was founded in 2009 after the then Suffolk College was split into Suffolk New College, dealing with further education, and University Campus Suffolk dealing with higher education courses. In August 2009 a new building costing £70 million was created for the college. The 22,000 square metre building consists of four floors with a range of facilities surrounding a central atrium which rises to three storeys.

Facilities include a range of classrooms, workshops and other learning and support spaces. A fine dining restaurant and a bakery are run by students on catering courses. The restaurant, Shelley's, is open to the public. Workshops include construction, motor vehicle and electrical workshops.

Suffolk New College Sports Centre was built more recentally and includes facilities such as a four court badminton sports hall and two multi-purpose rooms available for public use.

As of 2017 the college Principal is Viv Gillespie.

From the 1960s through to the 1990s, the former Suffolk College was a major provider of training for technicians in radiation protection.

Notable alumni

  • Stuart Humphryes - film and video colouriser (enrolled 1988-1991)
  • Asami Zdrenka - member of girl group Neon Jungle
  • References

    Suffolk New College Wikipedia

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