Stockport College is a large educational institute in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, providing further education and higher education to those age over 15. It has a well-established history and plays a major role in providing educational opportunities for the community including school leavers, businesses and overseas students. The college has academic and vocational courses from pre-GCSE to degree level. It is a major provider of post-16 education and training in Stockport and a key regional and national centre for a range of specialist courses. It has theatre where Drama is taught, it is named the Peter Barkworth Theatre named after the English film and television actor Peter Barkworth.
The current principal is Simon Andrews, replacing Ian Clinton, whom became acting principal for the college in February 2014. In the 2015 New Year Honours, he was awarded an OBE for his commitment and service to Blackburn College, and for transforming the college and local area. Stockport Colleges Ofsted rating was Outstanding but, in 2013 dropped to a grade 4/inadequate, hence Ian Clintons appointment. Within six months the college was reinspected and achieved a grade 3. After 18 months of Simon Andrews tenure the college dropped to grade 4 again ( see Ofsted website) and the FE Commissioner again intervened. The town centre campus is the original site of Stockport College of Further and Higher Education 53°24′16″N 2°09′31″WCoordinates: 53°24′16″N 2°09′31″W and much of the campus dates back to the 1960s.
The complete redevelopment of this site and some surrounding buildings is due for completion in 2011 to create a flagship educational campus for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. The total project value is estimated at around £100m from various sources. It will also include the closure and selling off of the Heaton Moor Campus, 53°25′44″N 2°11′02″W inherited from the merger with North Area College in 2006. The preparation work began in late 2007 with the acquisition of the old St Thomas Hospital (53°24′08″N 2°09′36″W) on Shaw Heath and neighboring properties. The Heaton Moor campus was the former North Area College before it merged with Stockport College in 2006, a former secondary school offering courses such as plastering and other vocational subjects. Signage for Stockport College Heaton Moor Campus was erected after the merger, but it has now been sold off to fund the property development at the town centre campus, with the new flagship campus making the college single-site. The Heaton Moor campus has now been demolished, and the site is pending redevelopment as Heaton Manor by Bellway Homes. This will consist of residential properties. Manchester Airport Academy provides relevant training for people seeking work in Manchester Airport, one of the area’s biggest employers and the third busiest airport in the UK.