Newcastle College is a further education and higher education college in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England. Newcastle College is the largest college in the North East of England, with over 16,000 students. The College specializes in vocational education.
The college provides Further Education, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Adult courses and has five schools: The School of Creative and Digital Industries, The School of Engineering, The School of Health, Childcare, Business and Science and the School of Construction, Leisure and Sport and Newcastle School of Education. Newcastle College is a division of NCG, one of the largest education, training and employability organizations in the UK. Ofsted currently grade the college as 'Requires Improvement'
Newcastle College can trace its roots back to 1894, when it was established as Rutherford Memorial College, becoming Rutherford Grammar School in 1945. In 1930, the President of the Board of Education Charles Trevelyan founded the Trevelyan Building for girls. In 1962, the college was divided into two separate divisions, the college of Further Education and the Charles Trevelyan Technical College. In 1972, the two colleges merged and became known as Newcastle College.
According to The Journal, the college was falling into disrepair in the late twentieth century. Dame Jackie Fisher, who joined the college as principal in 2000 and later became chief executive of the group, suggests that the buildings were in a poor state due to lack of investment in the 1990s and that the structure of the college was wasteful. The restructuring took Fisher and her team three and a half years, with the college, as of September 2011, turning over £150m a year, compared to £45m in 2003.