Barnsley College

Barnsley College is a further education college just outside the town centre of Barnsley, England. It has several campuses: Old Mill Lane campus, SciTech Digital Innovation Hub, Honeywell Sports campus, CUBE Construction Centre, STEM Centre, Church Street campus, Think Low Carbon Centre, Wigfield Farm, Eastgate House and the Barnsley Sixth Form College. The college provides A Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, and higher education courses.

Barnsley College
Church Street

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S70 2YW

Coordinates53°33′17″N 1°28′57″W / 53.55480°N 1.48246°W / 53.55480; -1.48246Coordinates: 53°33′17″N 1°28′57″W / 53.55480°N 1.48246°W / 53.55480; -1.48246
TypeFurther education college (with internal sixth form)
MottoTransforming Lives
Local authorityBarnsley
Department for Education URN130524 Tables
PrincipalYiannis Koursis, Denise Jelly (sixth form)

Upon its last Ofsted inspection, the college was awarded the grade of Outstanding, the highest grade available; further to this award the college was also deemed The best college in the UK by Ofsted officials.[1]


Old Mill Lane campusEdit

Work on the Old Mill Lane campus was completed in 2011 after the demolition of the former building, and this now serves as the main campus building.

Old Mill Lane has a variety of facilities available to students, including art and design studios, catering kitchens, a simulated nursery and classroom, hair salons, beauty therapy rooms, recording studios, and a simulated aircraft cabin.

SciTech Digital Innovation HubEdit

Originally opened by Sir Patrick Stewart in November 2004, the SciTech Centre was home to health sciences, social care professions and computing subjects. In 2020, an extensive refurbishment project, supported by the Department for Education and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, was completed, with the aims of improving facilities and the digital curriculum within Barnsley. The campus was renamed to the SciTech Digital Innovation Hub, and now offers industry-standard, high-spec computing technology to students, to support the delivery of T Levels.[2]

Honeywell Sports campusEdit

The Sports Academy offers team sports as well as support for individual athletes. All sports courses are delivered on campus, as well as public services.

CUBE Construction CentreEdit

The CUBE Construction Centre, based on the Honeywell Campus, opened in September 2015, and accommodates students studying a range of construction trades. Facilities include workshops, a construction project workshop, break-out areas for independent study and classrooms with an IT network.[3]

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) CentreEdit

The STEM Centre offers modern facilities to students including engineering and electrical workshops, laboratory facilities and computer learning zones. The STEM Centre additionally accommodates students studying Health, Science and Social Care Professions courses.[4]

Lifelong Learning NetworkEdit

Barnsley College is a partner institution of Higher Futures, the Lifelong Learning Networks (LLN) for South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.[5]

History: incorporationEdit

The 1990s incorporation of colleges brought radical changes in management style led by David Eade. Franchising on a large scale brought new funds but ultimately in 2001 financial collapse and 100+ staff redundancies (Hansard 21 June 2001: Column 226 Link) as the leadership failed to respond to changes in the funding arrangements (opinion). Stuart Spacey served a prison sentence for fraud as a consequence of actions in this period (Serious Fraud Office press release 19 April 2007 SFO).

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Barnsley...Best in the Country...and thats official!". Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  2. ^ "SciTech Digital Innovation Hub welcomes first students". Barnsley College. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Construction Centre". Barnsley College. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre". Barnsley College. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  5. ^ "South Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network - May 2006" (PDF). Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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