Kingston College (England)

Kingston College is a College of Further, Higher and Adult Education based in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England. It has four campuses in the town of Kingston. The main campus is the tallest building in the town and is based on Kingston Hall Road. The second campus is based on Richmond Road and is primarily used for the Arts. The third campus is at Anstee House on Wood Street and houses the Fashion and Media curriculum areas. The fourth, Drapers Court, is adjacent to Kingston Hall Road. [2]

Kingston College
Mottofor further, higher and adult education
PrincipalPeter Mayhew-Smith
Students9,500 [1]

In February 2013, Ofsted awarded Kingston College Grade 2 – ‘Good’, making the College one of only a few London colleges with rising academic standards.[3]

As of 2018, Kingston College is part of the South Thames colleges group which also runs Merton College (South Thames college including tooting and Wandsworth college) and Carshalton college.[4][5]


The origins of the College go back to 1899, when the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames built Science and Art Schools and a Technical Institute on the present main site of the College in Kingston Hall Road. The Victorian home of Kingston Technical College (as the institution was then known) survived till the 1960s, when major reconstruction work followed a local reorganization of further and higher education.[citation needed]

In 1962 Kingston Technical College split into the present college of further education and a college of technology, now Kingston University. [1] So as to respond to growing student demand, Kingston College has over the past few years broadened the range of courses on offer.[citation needed]


Peter Mayhew-Smith. [6]


The College is organised into 6 Schools: [citation needed]

  • School of Care
  • School of Creative Industries
  • School of Commercial Services
  • School of Digital Industries, Business, and Science
  • School of Engineering
  • Sixth Form School


Arena is a gym and sports complex available to the students of Kingston College as well as employees of Kingston Council. The facility is adjoined to the Kingston Hall Road Campus . The College uses these facilities for their Dance and Sport classes during the regular timetabled day. [7]


The College also houses two theatres with the main being the Arthur Cotterell Theatre which the drama faculty uses to stage productions. [citation needed]

Anstee House Centre

The Anstee House is a building dedicated to fashion and media students. It provides a fully equipped printed textile studio and industrial knitting machines, allowing for the further development of textile design within the National Diploma and Degree programmes. It is located at Wood Street, Kingston upon Thames. Lately, there are further plans to create a TV studio space to help create an industrial environment for the students.[when?] [citation needed]

Creative Industries Centre

A dramatic, curved £10million Creative Industries Centre, built alongside the Richmond Road Centre building, was opened by then MP for Twickenham, Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on March 27 2015, providing new facilities for programmes in Art & Design, Digital Arts, Fashion, Photography, Media and Interactive Media, Music, Music Technology, and Games Design. [8]

Notable alumni