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Nescot's Past, Present and Future

Nescot is Sixty!

We would love to hear your stories and memories of life at Nescot, formerly Ewell County Technical College, e-mail: or call: 020 8394 3342.   Find out more about our history, as well as about our first Principal.

Nescot has been at the heart of our local community since 1953, and has a special place in the cultural life of the borough. With two working theatres and extensive sports and learning facilities, the college's value extends beyond its educational remit.

The college specialises in vocational and technical education, with full and part-time courses and professional qualifications in subjects ranging from Psychodynamic Counselling and Construction to Uniformed Public Services and Preparation for Life and Work

Nescot’s contribution to the community extends beyond the courses we offer. For example, we offer competitive prices for treatments at our Osteopathy Clinic, Beauty Clinic and Hair Salon and sessions with our Counselling team, we hire out our two theatres, a dance studio, a recording studio and meeting rooms, our on-site nursery Nestots was rated Outstanding at its last Ofsted inspection and we have a gym, seven football pitches and a sports hall, which can be used for activities from pole vault to roller hockey.

Starting life as Ewell County Technical College in 1953, Nescot opened its doors to a new sector of the workforce - those who needed to learn cutting-edge vocational skills for a fast-moving, specialised new world. In those early days, the college taught skills and trades like brickwork, carpentry and technical drawing, but was also one of the first educational institutions to introduce courses in exciting new fields like computing, electronics and typing.

You can find out more about the history of the college here, as well as about our first Principal, the decorated veteran Lt Col Thomas Buchanan, and more about how Nescot is linked to The Beatles, Pink Panther and the science fiction comic hero Dan Dare. Artists including Genesis, Cream, Elvis Costello, Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath and the Beatles all played at the college before they hit the big time, and the college's striking mix of buildings have seen the college appear in many TV series and films. Peter Sellers was even filmed running through the distinctive glass walkways linking the college buildings as the infamous Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films.

The people who came to train at Nescot were ambitious and keen to embrace a more fluid labour market. Many set up their own businesses using these new skills and have gone on to run some of the most successful companies in Britain as these sectors became part of our everyday lives.





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