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Teacher Training Colleges

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress is being made in disposing of surplus teacher training college premises.

These premises are owned either by local education authorities or by voluntary organisations which are therefore responsible for their disposal. Such property transactions can take a long time to complete and involve questions of commercial confidence. Many of the buildings will not become available until the training of present students ends in the next few years.I hope that wherever possible an educational use will be found for the surplus buildings, but I recognise that in some cases the location and nature of the property makes this difficult. The following is a list of those cases where I understand that alternative uses are firmly in prospect. Negotiations are will-advanced in a number of other cases. I am pleased to see the high proportion of buildings which are expected to be used for other educational purposes.LAST INTAKE 1974

Alnwick, Northumberland

The Northumberland Education Authority are adapting part of the premises to assist with secondary school reorganisation.

Mary Ward, Nottingham

To be acquired by the Institute of Geological Sciences for use as its main centre in England.

Radbrook, Shrewsbury

To be used by the Shrewsbury Technical College.

Saffron Walden

Leased to the Bell Educational Trust who are interested in establishing an English language school for foreign students.


Coloma College, West Wickham

To be adapted for use as a Roman Catholic comprehensive school.

Endsleigh, Kingston-upon-Hull

To be acquired for the Hull College of Higher Education.


The premises are being acquired to re-house the Royal National College for the Blind.

Kesteven, Grantham

The NUT are acquiring the leasehold premises for a staff training and conference centre.

Philippa Fawcett and Furzedown, London

The Furzedown premises are in use for a comprehensive school.

Putteridge Bury (Luton College of Higher Education), Luton

To be used for other educational purposes.

Saram St. Michael, Salisbury

Part of the premises sold for use as a hostel for nurses.


Likely to be used by the Kent Education Authority as an in-service training centre.

Wentworth Castle, Barnsley

To be used as a residential Adult Education Centre.


Culham, Abingdon

To be acquired for a European School in connection with the Joint European Torus (JET) project.


Newland Park (Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education), Chalfont St. Giles

Spare capacity to be used for other higher or further education.

Preston Polytechnic

Spare capacity to be used for other Polytechnic purposes wherever possible, including in-service training.


Camborne (St. Mark and St. John) Annexe

To be used for in-service training as an outpost of the College of St. Mark and St. John.

Crawley (West Sussex Institute) Annexe

To be made available for the purposes of the Institute.

Guildford (Kingston Polytechnic) Annexe

The lease of the premises expires in July 1978 and will not be renewed.

Peterborough (Kesteven) Annexe

To be used for in-service training as an outpost of Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln.


To be used for educational purposes
14 colleges or annexes
2 parts of college premises
Sold for other purposes
2 colleges
1 part of college premises
1 annexe