Runshaw College

Runshaw College
Established 1974
Administrative staff
Students 8,000
Location South Ribble and Chorley areas, England

Runshaw College is a further and higher education college based at three centres in Leyland and Chorley, Lancashire, England.


Runshaw College was established in 1974.[1] It initially catered solely for school leavers from Balshaw’s High School in Leyland, and Parklands High School in Chorley.

In the 1990s the college expanded rapidly, undertaking an extensive building programme. Each new building was named after a place in the Lake District (as a nod to the trees and wildlife that make the campus so attractive). The building was to accommodate increasing student numbers as its reputation for high calibre teaching and strong exam results spread beyond the borders of South Ribble and Chorley.

During the phase, the college started to recruit in large numbers from the surrounding towns of Blackburn, Wigan and Preston. The Principal at the time, Bernard O'Connell, was later knighted for his services to education and the college.[2]


Its main campus, in Leyland, is a sixth form college catering for students aged 16–19. The Euxton Lane, Chorley, campus is the centre for adult and higher education. The site also hosts the Runshaw Business Centre, meeting the needs of local small and medium-sized enterprises; and Runshaw Training, offering apprenticeships and vocational training. Runshaw's third campus, in Chorley town centre, specialises in hairdressing, beauty and holistics.

Notable students


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