A timeline of Chelmsford College's history

Chelmsford College celebrates its 60th Anniversary! We have put together a timeline to showcase the momentous occasions that have helped make the College the inspiring place it is today.

See the photo of the timeline on previously display at our Moulsham Street campus for the 50th anniversary.

60th Anniversary

Signed the AoC Environmental Sustainability Pledge committing to make a change.

Centre for Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) and Institute of Technology Centre opens


David Warnes appointed as new Principal

Ofsted Early Years Inspection took place and rated Dovedale Nursery Outstanding in all categories

2017 Good rating from Ofsted
2014 David Law retires. Andy Sparks is appointed Principal

A brand new Electrical and Engineering block opens at the Princes Road campus

Lee Stafford Hair & Beauty salon and spa opens its doors to the public

A brand new Art, Design and Media block opens at the Moulsham Street campus


Chelmsford College Group forges partnership with Lee Stafford to launch the first Lee Stafford Academy

The Football Academy originally formed

Dovedale Nursery was completely rebuilt and housed in its own purpose built unit


Dovedale Nursery becomes a Community Interest Company (CIC)

Chelmsford College Group launches a commerical hair & beauty salon - Zest

Dovedale Nursery is completely redeveloped


Chelmsford College Group is formed

Chelmsford College acquires training company - Chelmsford Training Services

2002 Chelmsford College opens its town centre facility at Copleston Court

Latest College logo introduced

David Law replaces Mel Burles as Principal

1995 Mel Burles replaces David Percival as Principal

Chelmsford College of Further Education (CCFE) becomes Chelmsford College

New College logo

1990 David Percival replaces Roy Jones as Principal
1989 H.R.H The Princess of Wales opens the Princes Road campus

Building work begins on new campus at Princes Road

Chelmer Institute Departments of Catering & Home Economics and Building join CCFE


New College logo

25th Anniversary - special logo used for the year

1984 Lou Hitchins retires. Roy Jones is appointed Principal

Dovedale Nursery opens

The Science Department of Mid-Essex Technical College joins CCFE

1968 The College's first purpose built accommodation comes into use

First College Logo

Lou Hitchins becomes first Principal

Chelmsford College of Further Education (CCFE) founded on Dovedale Site