History

Calderdale College was
established in 1896
The Foundation Stone for Halifax Technical College was laid on 23 May 1893 and classes began in 1896 in one laboratory, a weaving shed, and various classrooms.

History of Calderdale College

Opening in 1896, the college consisted of 1000 students, 23 part time teachers and one full time teacher plus, presumably, a Principal.

Halifax Technical College offered courses in Textiles, Engineering, Chemistry, Commerce and ‘Women’s Work’.

Halifax Technical College was formed from a Halifax Mechanics Institute (1825) and a Halifax School of Art (Queens Road)(1859).

In 1957 the College became Percival Whitley College, and in 1988 it was renamed as Calderdale College.

In 2018, the College celebrated its 125th birthday.

Did you know?

90% of students go on to employment or further study

OFSTED Good and Outstanding

We were rated Good for our Further Education offer and Outstanding for Apprenticeships!

Here’s what they said

“Teachers ensure that learners make good progress in developing their vocational skills and gain good levels of knowledge and understanding in practical subjects.”

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“Learners gain confidence and improve the social interaction and communication skills that will support them well in their future lives.”

View our OFSTED report here.