Our History :: Bishop Burton College

Our History

The History of Bishop Burton College

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The college has delivered specialist vocational training for over 60 years.

Bishop Burton has prospered where others have not, and we’ve done this by moving with the times, diversifying our offer and by always striving for excellence in everything that we do. But we’ve also upheld tradition – staying true to our roots and teaching fundamental skills that remain as important today as they did when we opened our doors in 1954.

In 1954, the College purchased its first tractor, at the cost of £455 and 10 shillings.

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1982 – Her Majesty the Queen visited the College to find out more about the College’s heritage in agriculture and equestrianism.

Outstanding Success

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Bishop Burton College has celebrated many successes over the decades – being named Outstanding BTEC College of the Year 2017, becoming the only Centre of Vocational Excellence in both Agriculture and Equine in the UK, investing in an ambitious campus expansion programme to improve our facilities, growing from just two courses to over 180 and being chosen as the partner college for numerous industry, employer and sports organisations - many on a national level. But we won't rest on our laurels.

Our focus is to carry on the same way, by striving for excellence and always providing a first-class environment for vocational skills training. With the investments made at the college over the last decade, we’ve never had a better opportunity.

First Class, First Choice Land-Based Specialist Education

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More than 40,000 students have chosen to study at the college since we opened our doors in 1954. As guardians of the college, it is our duty to ensure that we lay the foundations for future generations to come, by continuing to offer first-class, first choice land-based specialist education, as well as our wider provision.