About Oaklands College

We are a large further education college in Hertfordshire with campuses in Welwyn Garden City and St Albans, and a further training provision in Borehamwood.

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We are proud to successfully provide for 7,500 students and look forward to welcoming you.

Originally established in 1921, our St Albans Campus opened its doors to First World War ex-service men under the Officers’ Agricultural Training Scheme and to the Women’s Land Army members.

Since then, the college has developed a wide range of learning opportunities, offering courses across a diverse range of subjects at different levels.

There are approximately 1,500 full- and part-time courses offered to around 10,000 students who come from a wide variety of regions. These courses range from vocational courses with strong links to employers through to elite sportsthe arts and a wide variety of A Levels. We are also nationally recognised for our outstanding provision for learners with mild and severe learning difficulties.

Our Values, Mission & Strategy

View our Mission Statement and read more about our college values including equality and diversity and British values.

Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) ensures that teaching and learning provision and standards in line with the current educational curriculum and national levels of expectation.

College Policies

Our current college policies are available for you to view here.


Our corporation is made up of committed, community-minded individuals who help define the future strategy and direction of the college.

Andrew Slade Principal

Principal's welcome

It is a huge privilege for me to take up the role of Oaklands College Principal and Chief Executive. Oaklands is a wonderful community that drives aspiration and provides support and opportunities for its students in equal measure so that each and every one of them is able to reach their full potential. Our staff are passionate about the power of the curious mind and we encourage our students to challenge themselves and to grow. We treat each student as an individual and nurture them throughout their time at Oaklands and believe that we are partners in their journey.

I am hugely ambitious for our students, our staff and for Oaklands College and the communities it serves. The vibrant external partnerships and passion of our staff means that we can continue with our ambitious campus developments to support our current and emerging Centres of Excellence, which includes our National and internationally leading Sports provision, as well as our teaching in ICT, Engineering, Art Fashion & Design and SEND. We also have a strong values set which underpins our on-going development as a purpose driven and ethical organisation, supporting global imperatives such as sustainability, equality and health & wellbeing. 

Andrew Slade, Principal of Oaklands College

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