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Ealing Grammar School For Boys

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
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Gliddon Road

W14 9BL

Coordinates51°29?29?N 0°12?52?W / 51.4915°N 0.2145°W / 51.4915; -0.2145Coordinates: 51°29?29?N 0°12?52?W / 51.4915°N 0.2145°W / 51.4915; -0.2145
TypeFurther and Higher Education College
Department for Education URN130408 Tables
CEO & PrincipalKaren Redhead

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College (also formally known as "Ealing Tertiary College") is a further and higher education college based across four campuses located in Park Royal, Ealing, Hammersmith and Southall districts of London, England. The college provides training and development for over 20,000 students from entry level to postgraduate, and is a member of the Collab Group of high performing colleges.[1] The main campus of the college is situated on the north side of the busy A4 dual-carriageway, between Hammersmith and Earls Court.

Achievements & Awards

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Buttle UK Quality Mark

In its most recent inspection, Ofsted rated the college as "Good" for overall effectiveness.[2] The college is a Beacon Status College, awarded by the Quality Improvement Agency. In 2008, the International Centre at the college was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade. In 2012, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College became the first Further Education college in London to receive the 'AoC Charter for International Excellence'. The charter is awarded to FE colleges that show a strong commitment to quality assurance and implement an ethical approach to all aspects of their international activities. In 2017, the college won the Times Educational Supplement FE Award for Outstanding use of Technology for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.[3]


In 1881, Hammersmith School of Art was established in Brook Green. There was also the Hammersmith College of Art and Building located in Lime Grove, Shepherds Bush. This college ran an Architecture course accredited by the RIBA and an Interior Design course. There were also facilities and studios in which were taught textile design, ceramics, sculpture and print-making. The 'building' side of the college included workshops in which the traditional building trades were taught, including plumbing, welding, plastering and brick-laying. The 'cross-discipline' opportunities that the close proximity that these departments afforded students was deliberate. That the sculpture students could learn from the welding classes (both instructors and apprentices) and the interior design students from the textile design students and the architecture students from the building trades apprentices was a recognized benefit of the graduates of the Hammersmith College of Art and Building. In 1970 the Architecture department of Hammersmith College of Art and Building merged with Woolwich Polytechnic to form Thames Polytechnic, which in 1993 became the University of Greenwich. The architectural teaching staff included Arthur Korn. Ealing Grammar School for Boys was opened in 1913 as Ealing County School and expanded in 1936, also known as Ealing County Grammar School. It had the Ealonian Hall. In 1974, Ealing borough adopted the comprehensive education system and the school became Ealing Green High School, a boys' school. In 1992, the school was taken over by the new Ealing Tertiary College. In January 2002, Hammersmith and West London College merged with Ealing Tertiary College to form Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.

Hammersmith Campus

View to Hammersmith campus in spring 2013

Hammersmith is the largest campus, with over 10,000 students. The College offers a large number of full-time and part-time courses across a broad range of subjects for students of different ages, abilities and needs.

The College was designed by the Greater London Council Architects' Department, under the supervision of Bob Giles, the project architect, for the educational elements which were to be built on the school's 8 acre playing fields. The educational brief was a building to house the amalgamation of 3 existing local colleges: West London College; the Hammersmith College for Further Education and the Hammersmith College of Art and Building. These buildings were at the time spread out over five or six sites and their amalgamation would result in the largest building ever erected by the ILEA. [4][5]

Work on the construction of the college started in the '70s and was completed in 1980. Giles took his inspiration for the design from Alfred Waterhouse, who designed the original bright red brick buildings of the old St Paul's School which used to occupy the site. Waterhouse also designed the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall. Only a boundary wall and the old High Master's House remain of the original buildings. The High Master's House has since been turned into a hotel. The design was also influenced by the curving shape of the Art Deco Baron's Keep block which is on an adjacent site and by the fine brickwork and glazing of the Grade 2-listed Artists' Studios (St Paul's Studios) which lie to the south of the college site across the Talgarth Road. Saynatsalo Town Hall by Alvar Aalto in Finland was also an influence, Giles having visited the country just before he was awarded the contract. Giles was keen to maintain the link to Waterhouse, replacing one magnificent red brick pile with another. He also wished to design the building right up to the edge of the site which comprised Waterhouse's original boundary walls. The aim was to create an open, university campus-like site. [6][7]

Pedestrian routes through the site were created which were to be available to the general public, without prejudicing security in the college buildings. The issue of protecting the site from the noise and pollution emanating from the Cromwell Road extension (Talgarth Road) was paramount. The college complex rises from the historic boundary walls in a rugged pyramid that concentrates the mass of accommodation respectfully away from the surrounding residential accommodation and consequently leaves landscaped open spaces at its edges. The massing of the buildings and their stepped design, receding gradually from both road boundaries, east and south, contribute to the desired protection. Within these buildings, Giles created a visually complex structure, difficult to understand from the outside, but more exciting for that, with changing images as one moves around the building. Underlying the design is a simple logic which gradually reveals itself, the discipline of the route. [8][9]

The colour, texture and shapes realised in crisp red brick demonstrate the Waterhouse connection, as does the site layout with its awareness of the importance of the spaces in between the buildings. The brick is relieved by the well-detailed bands of windows, with a strong rhythm of black vertical mullions. The building adopts old-fashioned architectural values: the routes, its central piazza, a ziggurat form, sequences of experience and changes in level. However, this is uncompromisingly a modern building. It references the work of James Stirling (Leicester Engineering Building; Cambridge History Faculty Library) as well as an architectural approach inspired by 19th century industrial buildings. [10][11]

Park Royal Campus

The Park Royal campus specialises in Construction Crafts, Carpentry & Joinery, Plumbing and Electrical installation and offers various construction courses which are delivered in purpose-built workshops. The Carpentry section has been hugely successful in skill build competitions over the years.

WLCA Southall Campus

The West London College Academy is a purpose built campus which specialises in 'wet trades', Bricklaying & Plastering. The campus is a joint venture with Berkley homes.

Ealing Campus

Offers a range of full-time post-GCSE, academic and vocational courses, as well as tuition in ESOL and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Recent refurbishments have significantly improved the Sixth Form Centre and a new £11.5m specialist centre, the Ealing Institute of Media, was launched in December 2005. It is situated in the former Ealing Green High School.

The Institute of Media at Ealing Campus

Opened in 2006 by former BBC Director-General Greg Dyke, The Ealing Institute of Media is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Media. It is also part of the Skillset Screen Academy group. It was established to provide tailor-made courses that offer both vocational experience and education, along with the adequate amount of theory to provide students with what they need to have a successful career within the media industry.[]

Courses include the new Actor Prepares Bollywood acting school, standalone subjects such as Animation, Photography, and other areas at GCSE or Advanced Level. The college also offers BTEC qualifications that allow students to learn a wide variety of industry specific skills rather than just a small area.

The Ealing Institute of Media includes EIM Productions, a professional production company offering film and photography services to the college and external clients.

Southall Campus

Students also have access to the Southall Sports Centre run by the London Borough of Ealing, the Sixth Form Centre, and separate facilities for adult learning and a vocational centre.

Former teachers

  • Prof David Blake, composer (taught music at the boys' grammar school from 1961-2)
  • David Tanner (taught history and Head of Sixth Form at Ealing Green)
  • Arthur Korn (architect)
  • Chris Tooke & Peter Brett (authors) Carpentry & Joinery publications


Former Students of The Ealing Grammar School for Boys

Ealing Green High School


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  2. ^ https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2679691/urn/130408.pdf
  3. ^ TES. "TES FE Awards: TES FE Awards 2017". www.tesfeawards.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
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