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K College

K College (South and West Kent College)
Established 2010
Type Further Education, Higher Education
Interim Principal Phil Frier
Location Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells
Local authority Kent County Council
DfE number 886/8016
DfE URN 130727 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–99
Patron Lord Mayhew of Twysden
Website College homepage

K College was a college of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) with facilities across Kent, formed in April 2010, by the merger of South Kent College with West Kent College.

In the academic year beginning 2009, it had 25,290 students between its 5 campuses, at Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells.[1]

The Interim Principal was Phil Frier and the Patron was Lord Mayhew of Twysden.

Due to the large amount of debt sustained by K College, it was split into two units from 1 August 2014:

Most staff at the Folkestone & Dover campuses were transferred under TUPE to East Kent College, but those with a cross-college role were assigned to the Tonbridge campus.

Staff based at Ashford, Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells remained with K College and were based at either West Kent College or Ashford College from 1st August.

In July 2014 prior to Hadlow College managing Ashford, Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells campuses K College announced that there would be up to 127 redundancies of those not TUPEd to East Kent College. [4]

In comparison East Kent College have recruited at least 40 extra staff since taking over the Folkestone & Dover campuses. [5]


Higher Education courses are offered in conjunction with the College’s partner universities: Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Greenwich and University of Kent.[1]

The main campus in Tonbridge teaches a large number of A-level and vocational courses including apprenticeships. It also runs teacher training courses, TUC courses and has a Professional Development Centre. It has additional teaching courses on deaf issues and a dyslexia unit.

Additional centres

The college runs a construction-orientated teaching centre based at the Construction Crafts & Engineering Centre on Kingstanding Way, North Farm Industrial Estate in Tunbridge Wells.

Student Union

The West Kent College Student Association has recently rebranded as K College Student Union. The main rebrand involves developing a new logo, changing its name and initiating a consultation on its constitution. It consists of a President, Vice-President, Communications Officer and 6 Union Officers, they have a mixed remit to cover all the facets of student representation.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b "K College Press Information". K College. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Private Eye no 1355 p31
  4. ^ "Union up in arms after controversial K College announces 127 further redundancies". Kent & Sussex Courier. 
  5. ^ "Everything will be oK". KOS Media. 
  6. ^ "Conference Common Room - Volume 47 Number 1 (Spring 2010)" (PDF). John Catt Educational Ltd. 

External links

  • College homepage - Now re-directs to West Kent College home page
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