Lewisham College is a large inner-city Further Education college serving a diverse and multi-cultural population. Our mission is to ensure that all members of our community are provided with every opportunity to succeed. We provide an innovative range of services that enable us to be 'more than a College, offering more than a qualification'. We do this because our learners often do not have enough of what is needed to move on in life.
Lewisham College is largely funded by the The Skills Funding Agency and the Young People’s Learning Agency, and makes a major contribution towards the attainment of their targets. We have an annual budget of around £38m that funds provision for 15,000 students. Our student body reflects the communities we seek to serve with 57% of our learners coming from ethnic minority backgrounds. The average age of our students is 29 although there are 2,600 students who are aged 16-19, and an increasing number of 14-16 year old schoolchildren who attend the College for work-related learning.
We offer over 400 vocational and educational courses in the areas of business, computing, ESOL, construction, hospitality and leisure, performing and creative arts, supported learning, beauty, teaching, health, care and early years. All students have access to a comprehensive range of facilities including restaurants, learning centres, fitness centre and support services including guidance and learning support.
We employ the equivalent of over 600 permanent staff.
The College campuses
The College operates on two sites at Lewisham Way and Deptford Bridge. Through the Lewisham Strategic Partnership we work alongside the London Borough of Lewisham to fulfil its stated vision: 'Together we will make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn'.
Our awards and accolades
The College was one of the first to be awarded Beacon status in 1999 in recognition of our role as a leading light in Further Education. In October 2004, we were awarded Learning and Skills Beacon status by the Department for Education and Skills.
We had reason to celebrate in May 2006 following the publication of the Ofsted Inspection report that placed Lewisham College as one of the top FE colleges in the whole of the UK.
The inspection scrutinized all aspects of the College to produce an assessment of its performance. The inspectors looked at everything – from how well learners learn and teachers teach to the quality of the learning environment.
The report states that “Lewisham is an outstanding College. It contributes significantly to the regeneration of east London and successfully encourages learners to develop positive attitudes to learning and employment.” It goes on to say that the College is “committed to making a difference to the lives of young people and adults in the community”.