City College Coventry

Coordinates: 52°24′52″N 1°30′15″W / 52.4144°N 1.5042°W / 52.4144; -1.5042

City College Coventry
Motto Helping the people of Coventry and its region get the knowledge and skills to succeed
Established 2002
Type Further education college
Location Swanswell Street
West Midlands
DfE URN 130473 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 5,000
Gender mixed
Ages 16+
City College Coventry moved to this purpose-built complex in 2009
The former Butts site of City College Coventry and the former home of the Coventry Technical College
Demolished in 2008, the Tile Hill site was home to the former Tile Hill College until 2002

City College Coventry is a further education college based in the city of Coventry, England. It was formed in 2002 through the merger of two previous colleges in the city, although through them it has roots going back to the 19th century. It is one of three further education colleges within the city boundaries, alongside Henley College and Hereward College. The college caters for 12,000 students and occupies a purpose-built campus in the Swanswell area of Coventry.


The origins of City College Coventry can be traced back to the 19th Century, with the Mechanics’ Institution. Formed in 1829 to educate young weavers, it provided lessons in writing, arithmetic, geometry, geography, grammar, and music.[1] In 1835, an Anglican minority withdrew from the institution to form the Religious & Useful Knowledge Society; the two were reunited in 1855, becoming the Coventry Institute.[1] In 1888, the Coventry Institute merged with another body, the Technical Institute, and became the Technical College under the Education Act 1902.[2] The home of the Technical College at The Butts was built in 1935[3] and opened by the Duke of York, who would later become King George VI.[4] However, the need for a higher technical training in Coventry resulted in the Lanchester College of Technology being built in 1961,[2] which would ultimately become Coventry University.

The Technical College was later renamed the Coventry Technical College, and merged with Tile Hill College in 2002 to create City College Coventry. It was officially launched by former Coventry teacher and then Education Secretary Estelle Morris.[5] The merger resulted in two constituent sites, and the former colleges were renamed to The Butts Centre (Coventry Technical College) and Tile Hill Centre (Tile Hill College). The latter was later demolished in 2008.

In 2007, the college began the move to a new purpose-built complex in the Swanswell area of the city, with the transferral of courses from and the closure of the Tile Hill Centre.[6] In January 2009, staff and students from The Butts Centre moved in, and the £53m complex was officially opened later that year.[7]

In 2011 a merger was proposed between the college and the nearby Warwickshire College.[8]

2013 Ofsted inspection

An Ofsted inspection in March 2013 deemed the college 'inadequate', criticising the quality of teaching, leadership and management,[9] as well as low course completion rates and poor attendance.[10] The three inspection categories, 'Outcomes for learners', 'Quality of teaching, learning and assessment' and 'Effectiveness of leadership and management' were all awarded the lowest rating Oftsed awards, prompting the resignation of the principal, Paul Taylor, in May 2013.[10] Re-inspection in June 2014 saw the college receive an Ofsted grade 3 rating.


The complex is sited on land previously occupied by modern flats designed for residents with disabilities.[7]

Structure and organisation


City College Coventry is run by the Corporation, the governing body of the college. There are five committees that comprise the Corporation, with one each specialising in governance, finance and resources, quality and performance, estates, and audits respectively.[11]

Steve Logan was appointed in July 2013, following the resignation of the previous principal Paul Taylor.[12] In December 2015, Steve Logan resigned preceding the release of the college's Ofsted report (in which the college was graded inadequate).

The current principal is Dr Elaine McMahon, who was appointed in January 2016.


City College Coventry comprises six schools:[13]


The college has partnerships with the University of Warwick and Coventry City F.C..[14]

Teaching profile

The college offers a range of qualifications including GCSEs, BTECs, and HNDs. The teaching of A levels ceased in September 2013.[15]

In 2010 the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education stated that "confidence in the College's management of its responsibilities, as set out in its partnership agreements" for the standard of both the awards the college gives and the learning opportunities the college provides.[16]

In 2011, a poll of 2,000 students in the annual Learner Feedback – First Impressions survey found that 98 per cent were satisfied with their course.[17]

The colleges's student radio station is SynergyFM.[18]


  1. 1 2 Stephens, W.B. (Editor) (1969). "The City of Coventry: Social history from 1700". A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 8: The City of Coventry and Borough of Warwick. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. 1 2 Stephens, W.B. (Editor) (1969). "The City of Coventry: Public education". A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 8: The City of Coventry and Borough of Warwick. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. McGrory, David (2003). The illustrated history of Coventry's suburbs. Breedon Books. p. 30. ISBN 1-85983-343-8.
  4. Simpson, Cara (23 September 2008). "Carol captures rich past of Coventry City College". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. "About Us". City College Coventry. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  6. "Saying farewell to Tile Hill College". Coventry Telegraph. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  7. 1 2 Lynch, Lucy (30 September 2009). "Ex-students to open new £53m City College Coventry". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  8. Lynch, Lucy (6 June 2011). "City College Coventry and Warwickshire College consider merger". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  9. "City College Coventry 'inadequate' in Ofsted rating". BBC News. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  10. 1 2 "Head of City College Coventry leaves after scathing Ofsted report". Coventry Telegraph. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  11. "Governance Information". City College Coventry. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  12. Henwood, Chris (30 July 2013). "New principal hopes for turnaround at 'inadequate' City College Coventry". FE Week. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  13. "Faculties". City College Coventry. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  14. "Awards and Partnerships". City College Coventry. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  15. "A and AS levels". City College Coventry. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  16. "City College Coventry". Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  17. "Majority of City College Coventry students satisfied with courses". Coventry Telegraph. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  18. "Facilities". City College Coventry. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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