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History of Derby College


Events and Achievements


  • Derby College awarded coveted Career Mark status
  • New extension for Art & Design faculty at Joseph Wright Centre started
  • Cricket academies launched with Andrew Flintoff and Derbyshire County Cricket Club
  • Derby College successfully achieved the IAG Matrix Award
  • New Ilkeston campus opened with a focus on providing local employers with skills needs
  • Overarching strategic aims for 2014-17 published
  • New approach to curriculum design and development
  • Director of Apprenticeships and Engineering appointed
  • Introduction of live online attendance reports for parents


  • Merrill Academy officially launches, sponsored by Derby College
  • Work starts on new Ilkeston campus
  • Derby Manufacturing University Technical College – partnership between employers and education providers, including Derby College, announced
  • Launch of international work exchange programme with European partners, supported by EU funding
  • The College launched Learning for Leisure courses
  • Equine students won the inter-college competition held at Moulton College and won the final at Warwickshire College
  • Plant Science learners won a gold medal at Harrogate Show
  • Derby College Students’ Union wins NUS Green Impact Award
  • Plant Science learners won a gold medal at the Derbyshire County Show
  • The Roundhouse gains CredAbility Verified Accessible Mark – a new quality mark for organisations whose buildings are accessible to disabled people
  • Plant Science learners won a gold medal at Bakewell Show
  • Appointment of Assistant Head of Quality with clear focus on improving quality of apprenticeship provision
  • Ofsted Inspected Little Explorers Nursery, reporting the Nursery was good with the children making good progress, strong leadership and management, good facilities and staff training and close links with parents
  • Teaching and Learning Improvement Director appointed to raise standards of teaching and learning across the organisation
  • Personal Coaches introduced to as guardians of a learner’s journey, including positive destinations
  • Introduction of REED NCFE – enhanced employability and career guidance services
  • Introduction of monthly ‘In Touch’ e newsletter for parents/guardians
  • Introduction of online Parents Reports
  • Career Learning Ladder commenced
  • Derby College is premier sponsor of Skills Show


  • Mandie Stravino appointed Chief Executive of Derby College following retirement of David Croll
  • Guinness World Records recognised The Roundhouse as the world's oldest locomotive roundhouse
  • Ofsted report published which particularly praises the College's work with employers
  • New Construction Academy opens in Pride Park
  • Derby College appointed to work on National Citizen Service programme
  • The Public Services and Sports Academy supported students to be work ready in providing staff for London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Engineering Career Academy launched
  • A development plan for a new sports hall, playing fields and a reception building at Broomfield Hall received support from the Skills Funding Agency, with Olympic legacy funding from Sport England being used to support the creation of new grass playing fields
  • The College joined forces with the National Careers Service to launch a free advice service for its prospective and existing adult learners
  • Improved welcome/open enrolment day process to provide an efficient and responsive service which meets the IAG needs of applicants
  • Roll out of cross College Prevent training
  • Plant Science learners won gold and silver in the UK Skills Landscape Gardening competition


  • College opens the Food Hub at Broomfield bringing together local food growers
  • College opens Employment World offices co-located with JobCentre Plus in Derby
  • Ofsted residential inspection took place and was rated good


  • Derby College merges with South East Derbyshire College
  • Princess Royal officially opens The Roundhouse
  • The Roundhouse wins East Midlands Centre for Construction Built Environment Project of the Year and Heritage Project of the Year
  • Roundhouse wins Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Project of the Year 2010 award


  • The Retail, Hospitality and Health & Social Care provision is awarded TQS Part B accreditation
  • The College wins the TUC unionlearn Quality Award
  • Engineering and Manufacturing are awarded the TQS Part B accreditation
  • £48 million vocational campus completed at The Roundhouse with state of the art facilities for more than 2,500 vocational students
  • Derby College joins forces with Sheffield Hallam University to deliver engineering foundation degrees


  • The College's Corporate College division is awarded the TQS Part A standard – the first training provider in the East Midlands to achieve the accolade
  • £5 million extension to JWC is completed
  • Launch of 14-19 diplomas which sees the College working collaboratively with schools across the city and county to deliver vocational qualifications
  • Derby College Students Union wins NUS FE Students Union of the Year award


  • Ofsted inspection of the College reported that all areas were either "good" or "outstanding" with an overall effectiveness for the College of "good"
  • EM Skills Quality Mark


  • Mason's Place opened as centre for construction and motor vehicle provision
  • The College moves into Norman House in the centre of Derby to offer adult education and basic skills
  • The College takes over the running of Offender Learning for four prisons in and around Birmingham


  • Ofsted re-inspected the areas found less than satisfactory in 2003 and reported that these were now satisfactory
  • Derby College Students Union re-launched with the aim of becoming the exemplar example for FE
  • College launches the Engineering CoVE 'bits' at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre, specialising in lean manufacturing
  • £12 million Joseph Wright Centre opens in the heart of Derby for 1,000 A-level and Creative Arts students
  • Equine centre and exotic animal enclosure opens at Broomfield Hall
  • East Midlands Centre for Retail Excellence opens
  • Professional Development Centre opened at Prince Charles Avenue site
  • CIRCIT – CoVE for IT installation, maintenance and network technicians launched in partnership with Microsoft and Cisco


  • Following the closure of Derby College for Deaf People, Derby College establishes Deaf Access to ensure learners with hearing impairments can continue their education in a stimulating environment
  • Launch of EMCON CoVE for Construction to raise the quality of plumbing, gas fitting and electrical installation in the region
  • Celebrated international work, started by Mackworth College, continues with first delegation of Iraqi education officials visiting as part of a unique project to boost regeneration
  • College and TUC sign historic learning agreement to formalise the delivery of Trade Union Education
  • The College teams with Remploy Derby to provide them with their own learning centre to support the 70 strong workforce


  • Ofsted inspection of the newly formed College shows all but two areas are satisfactory or better with an overall profile rating of "good" and "satisfactory"
  • The College opens an Optimum IT centre in Alvaston
  • Plant Centre opens at Broomfield Hall
  • Prince Charles makes official visit to Prince's Trust offices within the Pride Park campus – a beacon for collaborative operations


  • Derby College is formed from a merger of Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton, Mackworth College and Broomfield College
  • Optimum wins an AoC Beacon Award for Flexible Learning and ILT
  • The College wins the Jardine Lloyd Healthcare Award for Health


  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton launches Learning Director scheme aimed at securing quality teaching and learning and to impact positively on social exclusion agenda
  • The Quantum Centre wins the BT Award for Lifelong Learning Beacon Award
  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton launches the East Midlands Gas Safety centre offering accreditation services to gas fitting operatives


  • Peak Awards are launched to celebrate the success and achievements of students and staff
  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton opens the first Optimum Outreach centre at Park Farm, Allestree


  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton wins the TES/AoC Beacon Award for widening participation
  • New Media Suite launched by Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton as part of JVC educational partnership
  • The Optimum Centre responds to demand by opening Optimum II – more than doubling capacity


  • Quantum centre launched in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, based on their site for use by both staff and the local community
  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton launches Optimum, a new concept in IT training – open seven days a week and until 10pm on weeknights


  • FEFC inspectors spend 95 days at Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton inspecting all aspects of College activity. The grades were predominatly 2s on the FEFC 5 point scale - provision in which the strengths clearly outweigh the weaknesses


  • Following the Shattock Report into Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton in 1994 a new Corporation is formed and in David Croll is appointed Principal tasked to rebuild the College and its reputation

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