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Welcome to Runshaw College


As a student at Runshaw College, you are at the heart of everything we do. Our simple ambition is that you are happy and fulfilled whilst achieving your dreams and ambitions during your time with us.

We aim to provide:

  • the very best teaching
  • personal tutors and teachers who really care for you
  • a wide range of enrichment activities from sport, music and drama to visits, debates and students’ clubs
  • additional support for those students who require extra help with their studies
  • a friendly, caring and safe environment with high expectations at all times

Visitors to the college frequently comment on its happy and purposeful atmosphere. I believe this comes from the friendly and respectful relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a college community where each person is valued and can flourish.

We are proud of our reputation and popularity. The successes of our students over the years have led to widespread recognition.

We are the only college in the country to have won the European Quality Award for Excellence. In our Inspection of May 2008, Ofsted judged us to be ‘outstanding’ in every respect; a wonderful tribute to the staff and students who make up the Runshaw learning community.

As a result, Runshaw was awarded Beacon College status by the Department for Education. Beacon College status is only awarded to colleges which are ‘Beacons’ of educational excellence. We are very proud to be the only Beacon College in this area.

We have also worked very hard to make sure that you have the facilities you deserve. In recent years we have invested over £25m in upgrading college resources, including:

  • a new student restaurant
  • a new Student Services building
  • a new ICT and computer building (Runshaw is a centre of excellence for IT)
  • a new sports hall, fitness suite and two all-weather sports pitches
  • new laboratories in the Sir Walter Norman Howarth Science Suite
  • music, drama and performing arts facilities
  • language laboratories
  • the Arena – an outdoor performance area

We believe that we now have the finest facilities in the region.

We are extremely proud of our students. They are a delight to work with. I hope you will join us and I look forward to making you welcome at Runshaw.

Simon Partington

About us

Established as a sixth form college in 1974, Runshaw has grown over the last forty years into a thriving community meeting the needs of learners from across the region at its three centres.

Our sixth form centre in Leyland offers a wide range of A Levels and Vocational programmes.

We also provide education for adult students from Basic Skills to Higher Education at our two adult centres in Euxton and Chorley. Our Chorley centre also has vocational facilities that are used by learners of all ages.

Runshaw’s Business Centre delivers training and development programmes and work based training to hundreds of businesses across the North West.

One of the most successful colleges in the UK, we are renowned nationally for our outstanding results, friendly and supportive culture and focus on learners’ needs. We value our staff and students highly, and invest heavily in their development, support and wellbeing.

Facilities available

We have also worked very hard to make sure that you have the facilities you deserve. In recent years, we have invested over £20m upgrading college resources, including:

  • a new student restaurant and two new coffee shops
  • a new Student Services building
  • a new library
  • a full size 3-G sports pitch
  • two new teaching blocks for sport and ICT
  • new science laboratories
  • improved music, drama and performing arts facilities
  • new language laboratories
  • The Arena – an outdoor performance area
  • a new pastoral care centre to support all of our sixth form college students

We believe that we now have the finest facilities in the region.

Additional support

Student Services Every individual matters

Above all, we want you to be happy here and to achieve your full personal and academic potential. OFSTED graded our support for students as ‘outstanding’. We hope that the experience you have here, both academically and socially, will stay with you as happy memories for the rest of your life. Here is more information about some of the services available at college to support our students:

Student Services – how can we help?

Our students are our first priority. Student Services aim to support students in their studies and assist them in overcoming obstacles to success, achievement and progression. Our friendly and professional team can help you find the information you need and the support you require. Our information desk is a great starting point if you need some help or support but aren’t sure who to ask.

Please see our Student Services Statement of Service for students at LRL or Student Services Statement of Service for students at XLC.

Help is available with:

  • careers advice and progression
  • UCAS support
  • help with job search, CV writing, interviews and finding part-time work to fit in with your studies
  • childcare advice
  • counselling
  • enrichment
  • finances, including 16 -19 bursary
  • transport information
  • welfare and housing issues
  • safeguarding
  • joining the Student Union
  • religious and cultural considerations
  • volunteering
  • work experience

As holders of the prestigious Matrix accreditation, we are recognised nationally as providers of quality information, advice and guidance – so you can be sure you’re in safe hands!

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Runshaw College holds as one of its highest priorities the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in activities that come under the responsibility of the College and has a duty to ensure that their staff fulfil their responsibility to prevent and report any abuse discovered or suspected.

Safeguarding means:

  • Promoting health & well-being
  • Ensuring safety
  • Protecting from abuse and neglect
  • Preventing bullying and harassment
  • Offering the best life chances

There is a designated Safeguarding Team at the College with a senior manager who is responsible for any safeguarding matters affecting students.  We also have a Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy, which explains how the College deals with any safeguarding concerns. A copy of the policy is available for you to download on the College Policies Page.

Learner success

England’s Top College for School Leavers Outstanding in every way

No other college in the county has ever received so many high grades with no weaknesses identified.

The following comments sum up Ofsted’s stunning verdict:

“At Runshaw, every learner really does matter… the learner experience and the quality of teaching and learning are at the heart of every aspect of the college… for many students, the exceptional support they receive has changed their lives… there is a very strong emphasis on developing the full potential of the students… and a sense of teacher and learner working together in the pursuit of excellence.”

Students to be proud of

Runshaw students continue to prove that they can compete with the very best.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Runshaw College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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