Weymouth College
Weymouth College is a Further Education college located in Weymouth, England.

The college has over 7,000 students, studying on a wide range of practical and academic courses in many different subjects. The college is part of The University of Plymouth Colleges network. Until recently, the college had a second site on Newstead Road.


Grammar school
This site was opened in 1913 as Weymouth Secondary School, which in 1927 became known as Weymouth Grammar School. In 1939, the school began sharing this site with South Dorset Technical College. In the 1960s, the school moved to new premises in Chickerell Road, leaving the technical college with sole use of the site. The grammar school was a co-educational school with around 1,050 boys and girls administered by the South Dorset Divisional Executive of Dorset Education Committee.

Merger and formation
1985 saw the creation of the modern Weymouth College, with the merging of the technical college with Weymouth College (the former Weymouth College site became known as the Cranford Avenue campus).

New site
In 2001, the Newstead Road site was sold for housing development, and all students based there were transferred to new facilities at the Cranford Avenue campus, creating the college as it exists today. Recently, Weymouth College has expanded provision beyond its traditional curriculum offering. A sports centre and gym facility for public use was opened at the Cranford Avenue site, with the college additionally taking over the operation of the former Weymouth Sports Club site on Dorchester Road, now renamed as Redlands Community Sports Hub.

Academic performance
Weymouth College quickly evolved to become a fairly famous college for the area producing many good results and offering more than just normal college courses.

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Weymouth Grammar School
  • Ronald Allison CVO, broadcaster
  • Prof Charles Bawden, Professor of Mongolian from 1970-84 at the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Mark Constantine, founder and joint-owner of ( Poole-based) Lush (company)
  • Prof Sean Hilton, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care since 1993 at St George's Hospital Medical School
  • Prof Graham Hutchings, Professor of Physical Chemistry since 1997 at Cardiff University
  • Sir Edward Norman, Chief Inspector of Taxes from 1956”“64
  • Air Vice-Marshal Victor Otter CBE, Chief Engineering Officer from 1956-9 of RAF Bomber Command, and Project Director from 1963-6 of the Hawker Siddeley P.1127/P.1154 ( Harrier)
  • General Sir Frederick Alfred Pile MC, Colonel Commandant from 1945-52 of the Royal Artillery
  • Caroline Tapster, Chief Executive since 2003 of Hertfordshire County Council
  • Maj-Gen Alec Walkling CB OBE, Colonel Commandant from 1973-86 of the Royal Artillery
  • Prof Ian Wootton, Professor of Chemical Pathology from 1963-82 at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School