Hugh Baird College

Hugh Baird College

To inspire, challenge and transform lives.
Balliol Road (Main Site)
Liverpool City Region
Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7EW
England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°26′42″N 2°59′22″W / 53.445080°N 2.9894190°W / 53.445080; -2.9894190Coordinates: 53°26′42″N 2°59′22″W / 53.445080°N 2.9894190°W / 53.445080; -2.9894190
Founded 1891
LEA Sefton
Ofsted number 130490
Chair Jim Brown
Principal Yana Williams
Employees 600
Age 14+
Number of students 5000

Hugh Baird College is a further education College situated in Bootle, Merseyside, England. It is one of the largest providers of education and training in the area, delivering over 300 courses to more than 5,000 students. The college offers courses from Entry Level to Level 3, Apprenticeships and University level courses, Foundation Degrees and Degrees.

Students can join their 14-16 College at the age of 14, continue their study at College and then progress to degree level at their Hugh Baird University Centre.

The Campus

The Balliol building serves the majority of the college's students with 7 floors, including the main reception and 'The Pod' student advice centre.

The Pembroke Centre specialises in the training of vocational courses for the Construction and Engineering sectors. Health & Social Care and Childcare courses are also studied here.

The L20 Building and University Centre is on Stanley Road, it houses a dedicated University Centre with open-plan study areas for students studying our University level courses. The development also includes a multi-purpose performance arts space for public events - ranging from school productions to conferences, a public library, learning resource centre and a café with an outdoor seating area. The building houses the college's Business Development Centre which provides apprenticeships and training to employers across the region.

The 14-16 College, based in the Balliol building, is an offering for those who wish to leave school at the age of 14. In 2012, the government made it possible for all 14-year-olds to leave school and take up a full-time place at their local College.

Thornton College is a partnership between Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Sefton special school and Hugh Baird College. It is based in Thornton, Merseyside and offers courses from Entry Level to Level 1 for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The L20 Hotel School provides education, training and work experience for students on hospitality courses. The 14 station training kitchen is used for the delivery of full and part-time courses.


Lifestyle Fitness Gym
A gym which is accessible by students and staff as well as being open to members of the community.

Learning Resource Centres
The college has three Learning Resource Centres, which have computers stations, books, trade magazines, DVDs and electronic resources.

Free WiFi access is available throughout the campus.

L20 Restaurant
The Restaurant is located in the Balliol Centre and is run by the Hospitality students of the L20 Hotel School.

L20 Flowers
The L20 Flowers floristry outlet is open to the general public and students and is located on the Stanley Road side of the Balliol building.

L20 The Salon
The salon is open to the general public and students and is located on the Stanley Road side of the Balliol building.


Grants were made available from the Exchequer. It was with this and other aid that Bootle Technical School opened, offering 37 courses in 25 subjects, with an intake of 807 students.

More subjects we added to the Schools provision, including: building, home dressmaking, mechanical engineering and iron/steel manufacture.

A new building was erected and officially opened on 27 September 1900 under the directorship of John James Ogle. It was located where the Pembroke Centre now stands.

Bootle Municipal Technical College amalgamated with Bootle College of Art to become the Bootle College for Further Education.

The College was renamed Hugh Baird College of Further Education, in recognition of a prominent local mayor and college governor, in honour of his contribution to developing education in Bootle.

The opening of the Sports Hall and Sports Facilities - the focal point for all the College's sports courses, whilst also hosting many other events.

The Pembroke Centre opened - the centre for the College's courses in Construction, Engineering and Health & Social Care and Childcare.

The Sixth Form Centre is opened.

A large scale extension of the Pembroke Centre is opened.

Yana Williams is appointed as the College's Principal and Chief Executive.



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