Accrington and Rossendale College
53°44′53″N 2°21′18″W / 53.748°N 2.355°WCoordinates: 53°44′53″N 2°21′18″W / 53.748°N 2.355°W
Accrington & Rossendale College ('Accross') is an award winning further education College which specialises in vocational education.
The College offers qualifications ranging from entry level to honours degrees to the residents of Hyndburn, Rossendale, the Ribble Valley and beyond.
In 2016, the college was awarded an OFSTED grade of 'Requires Improvement' in every measure aside from Adult learning programmes.
The OFSTED report can be viewed on the following link:
The New Campus
The Coppice Centre
In 2007, 'Accross' launched its new £16 million Broad Oak Campus, which includes the new Coppice Centre, which houses state of the art TV, radio, dance and recording studios, 120 seat theatre and desk top publishing suite.
The College also moved its Hair & Beauty departments to the Broad Oak Campus and now operates the state of the art “Seasons Salon” which comprises 4 hair salons and 3 beauty salons. It is also home to the 'Accross' Travel Office.
The Refectory is also located in the Coppice Centre, along with The Hub, the new student common room, complete with table football, magazines and Nintendo Wii.
The Hameldon Building
The Hameldon building houses the College’s Construction and Motor Engineering workshops, along with several classrooms and meeting rooms.
The Motor Engineering department is made up of the Carl Fogarty Technology Centre and the Motorcycle Workshop.
Our Construction Department is made up of state of the art workshops for our different trade areas. These include: Painting & Decorating, Carpentry & Joinery, Brickwork, Plumbing, Gas, Floor Covering, and Plastering.
The Broad Oak Centre
The largest and the oldest of our campus buildings, the 4 story Broad Oak Centre is host to a number of curriculum departments and facilities.
The Higher Education office, Information+; shop, cash machine, computer rooms and classrooms make up a large part of the building, but a special mention should be reserved for the College’s Library+
In addition to the well stocked bookshelves in The Library+, there is also extensive computer access, internet access, quiet study area, DVDs, CDs, magazines, journals and newspapers. There is also photocopying and scanning facilities.
The College’s main reception is on the ground floor of the Broad Oak Centre, and the top floor consists of the College’s Innovation Centre, which is a state of the art conference centre, set up to provide local and regional businesses with the training, conference and meeting facilities they need. It comprises a Conference Room, Innovation Room and Lecture Theatre.
Awards & Prizes
The College and its students have won numerous awards in recent years. These include:
- The Queen’s Anniversary Prize
- The Batjic College Of The Year
- The Batjic Apprentice Of The Year
- The Niace Star Award
- Over twenty Regional Skillbuild Awards
- Two National Skill Build Awards
- Centre of Vocational Excellence
- The Becta Next Generation Award
Notable former students
- Carl Fogarty – Five time world Superbike Champion
- Phil Neville – Former Man Utd Premiership winner and current Everton captain
- Gary Neville – Man Utd Premiership, FA Cup, European Cup winner and England International
- Jeanette Winterson – Author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Winner of the Whitbread Prize for a first novel and recipient of an OBE in the 2006 honours list
- Nigel Haworth – Former Egon Ronay Guide Chef of the Year and Head Chef at Northcote Manor