Hartpury College celebrates 60 years of success
Students, teachers and managers at a Gloucestershire college have united to sing its praises in the run up to its 60th anniversary celebrations.
Hartpury College, which specialises in sports, equine, veterinary and land management studies, has grown from just 60 full-time students in 1990 to 3,300 today.
The college has also won an “outstanding” rating in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Principal Malcolm Wharton joined the college in 1990, and has steered Hartpury through a period of unprecedented growth.
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He said: “Our goal has been to ensure Ofsted ranked this college as outstanding and we have been working hard to achieve that outcome.
“The success of the college can be attributed to a number of key factors – £40million of investment in residential, commercial and educational resources is of course a major contributing factor.
“We also introduced new curriculum areas which we knew would attract students, mainly in sport and equine, whilst retaining agriculture and land-based education as a core focus.”
He added: “I believe the location of the college also has a part to play in its success.
“It is synonymous with the city of Gloucester and the wider county of Gloucestershire and is well located, being close to other significant centres of population such as Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol, with good transport infrastructure.
“The unique environment we have created at Hartpury is one I’m very proud of.” Student Jamie Haywood, 18, from Dursley, is studying for a BTEC National Diploma in sports performance and excellence at the college.
He said: “I went to an open day at Hartpury back in 2008 and was really impressed with what I saw.
“I knew on that first visit that this was the place for me.
“You are treated as an equal and made to feel like an individual. I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be.”
Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE, who is based near Badminton, is a college governor.
She said: “I have been close to Hartpury College for nearly 20 years and the transformation has been phenomenal.
“I cannot praise Malcolm enough. What he has achieved is staggering.
“The college has raised its standards in all areas.”