Runshaw College takes a look back at last 40 years

Runshaw College has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this September.
Runshaw College has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this September.

Runshaw College is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Established in 1974, the college initially began life catering solely for school leavers from Balshaw’s High School in Leyland and Parklands High School in Chorley.

The 1990s saw the Langdale Road campus expand rapidly, as it undertook an extensive building programme, naming each new building after a place in the Lake District.

It was during this phase, under the nationally recognised leadership of principal Bernard O’Connell (who was later knighted for his services to education and to the college) that Runshaw started to recruit in large numbers from surrounding towns of Blackburn, Wigan and Preston.

Current principal Simon Partington said: “We are incredibly proud of the achievements, history and tradition of this college and we are looking forward to another 40 years of success.

“Meeting the needs of our students and providing them with an unrivalled educational experience will always be our primary goal.”

He also described the college’s plans for improving its facilities even further.

He said: “Last year we completed the refurbishment of our library and new student study zones.

“And we are now adding extra classroom and practical space to our Hawkshead sports hall.

“The idea is quite simple really – we have outstanding students and they deserve to continue to have outstanding facilities for another 40

The £1.2m state-of-the-art sports annex is due to be complete this year, and work is underway to build a new employability skills centre to teach essential skills to gain employment, in the space of the demolished Borrowdale building.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Runshaw is asking all leavers to let them know what they’re up to now.