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Telford College of Arts and Technology

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Established  1892
Chair  Paul Hinkins
Founder  Charles Clement Walker
Principal  Ian Clinton
Phone  +44 1952 642237
Founded  1892
Telford College of Arts and Technology
Motto  Where great futures begin and every learner matters
Type  Further education college
Location  Haybridge Road, Wellington Telford Shropshire TF1 2NP England
Address  Haybridge Rd, Wellington, Telford TF1 2NP, UK
Similar  Edinburgh's Telford College, Shrewsbury College of Arts and, Walford and North Shropshir, University of Wolverhampton, Birmingham Metropolitan College

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Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) is a further education college in Telford, Shropshire, England. It operates from one main site and many in-company training sites and community-based courses spread out across Shropshire and the whole of the United Kingdom. It is sometimes known as "Telford College" but should not be confused with Telford College in Edinburgh. During 2016 the college was rated "Inadequate" by Ofsted inspectors, citing poor leadership and a declining level of student attendance.



The college was founded in 1892 by Charles Walker as the Centre for Art and Science Classes and was originally based in Oakengates, Shropshire. From 1913 until the Second World War it was based in the former Coffee House and Recreation Centre in Market Street which was since demolished by the New Town Corporation. The college moved to a new site, built in 1926, down Hartsbridge Road becoming the Walker Technical College. In the 1960s it opened a larger campus on Haybridge Road in Wellington which became the part of new town of Telford. By the 1980s the college adopted its current name.

On 12 November 2004 W Block (Charles Walker Building) Centre of Vocational Excellence was officially opened by Mr Michael Beasley CBE.

On 31 October 2005 E Block and S Block (sports and hairdressing) were officially opened by HRH the Princess Royal.

In 2006 it received very good grades after an OFSTED inspection.

In 2008 the college celebrated the Queens Anniversary Award with a visit to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

In May 2013 the Discovery and Oakdene Centres opened.

In September 2014 the Automotive Engineering centre opened. The official opening was performed on 7 November 2014 by British touring car champion Matt Neal.

On 17 October 2015 the colleges Willow Tree Centre was officially opened by Councillor Paul Watling, cabinet member for children, young people and families in the Telford and Wrekin Council.

Student numbers

It has over 16,000 students: 1200 full-time, 15,000 part-time. Students at present include school leavers, individuals taking a second chance at education, employees of multi-national companies and overseas students.

Course provision

The college offers a wide range of vocational courses including NVQs, professional, preparatory degree and tailor-made programmes. Courses combine practical skills with theoretical studies and prepare students over 16 for employment and higher education.


Telford College of Arts and Technology Wikipedia

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