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|North Shropshire College|
|Type||Further education college|
|Founder||Mr. Ron Pugh|
|Department for Education URN||130797 Tables|
|Chair||Mrs. G. P. Richards|
|Gender||Male & Female|
North Shropshire College is a further education college in Shropshire, England. And is part of Herefordshire, Ludow and North Shropshire College. Walford and Oswestry are where the two campuses are based
Walford and North Shropshire College was created in January 2001 following the merger of North Shropshire College in Oswestry and Whitchurch, and Walford College in Baschurch; Ron Pugh was appointed the Principal of the merged College. Following his retirement, Andrew Tyley took over from Pugh. During the 2014-15 academic year, Walford & North Shropshire changed their name to North Shropshire College, with a new colour scheme and website to match
In November 2018 Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College was created following the merger between Herefordshire and Ludlow College, and North Shropshire College. with a new colour scheme and website to match Herefordshire and Ludlow College corporate Identity.
The King Street Institute was founded in 1921 to meet the demands of the local mining and railway industries. In 1958 it moved to a site in College Road, and became the Oswestry College of Further Education.
In 1978 Oswestry Tertiary College was created during the Tertiary re-organization. It was renamed The North Shropshire College in 1991. It had three main campuses: College Road and Upper Brook Street in Oswestry, and Talbot Campus in Whitchurch. It signed a federated college agreement with Staffordshire University in 1997; at this time the college had a trading subsidiary called 'Mereside' to deal with the College's work with companies and a range of government-sponsored programmes; including coordinating communication for the government's "New Deal" initiative for the colleges in Shropshire.
Oswestry Campus was upgraded in a multi-million pound refit. The Technology block was replaced by a new three story block, and an extra floor was added to the main block. A new £1.3 million Business and IT Centre. including a major upgrade to the teaching kitchen and basic skills area was completed for the start of the autumn term 2008. It is now equipped with banks of wireless laptops with internet access, eight dedicated computing teaching rooms and a graphic design suite with Apple Mac computers.
Walford Campus is the Agricultural, Engineering and Horticultural Campus of the College. It also has the Harris Centre, state-of-the-art teaching accommodation for Small Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine and Horticulture. Opened officially by the Princess Royal in October 2007, this £2.7 million centre incorporates a range of 'eco-friendly' features, with over £350,000 spent on sustainable technologies, winning it the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' regional award for Sustainability in May 2007.
The Shipley Centre was situated in Gardenlands, Shipley and offered animal management, animal care, child care and flower arranging courses. Due to poor uptake of places for the 2018-2019 academic year, the centre was closed in 2018.
The Talbot Campus was situated on the Whitchurch Business Park and was the third campus prior to the merger. The Campus was closed after the merger and its courses were integrated into the Oswestry and Walford Campuses.
Some courses were offered at Wem Library in partnership with Shropshire Council Library Services. The Library is situated in the centre of Wem, and the partnership provided local learning opportunities to the people of Wem and the surrounding area. Due to poor uptake of places for the 2018-2019 academic year, provision at the centre was closed in 2018.
The teaching block at the walford campus was used as the entrance to crossroad motel in the British soap of the same name.
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