College History – Recent Years, 1989–Present
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College today, Hill Lane
- The two colleges merged, taking the name Taunton's College but deciding to refurbish and occupy the Hill Lane site.
- Taunton's College moved into its present premises in Hill Lane after extensive alterations and additions to the existing building. The Department of Education and Science took over control and the College became a Further Education Corporation.
- Taunton's College begins to offer Adult and Community Education during the evenings and at weekends as well as providing daytime education for students aged 16+.
- Taunton's College funding is channelled by central Government through the newly created Hampshire and Isle of Wight Learning & Skills Council. The College provides daytime education to over 1100 students aged 16+, as well as 1000+ students through its part-time provision.
- The new Academy of Sport opened, combining academic studies with major sport specialities.
- Buildings were extended to provide more classroom facilities. Around 1200 students aged 16-19 enrol each year for full time courses.
- The college was renamed Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.
- A New Music Block is added.
- A new Independent Learning Centre is opened.
- The College became a founding member of the Lighthouse Learning Trust; a multi-academy trust, created in partnership with St Vincent College in Gosport.
This strategic move, which was two years in the planning, was a conscious decision made by both academy leadership teams and governors to protect and enhance the quality of teaching and offer a broad ranging curriculum. The Trust is a single legal entity with a dedicated executive team and board of trustees, which is accountable for the governance and performance of both academies. Matt Atkinson (Principal of St Vincent College) is the CEO for the Trust and the Principal of Richard Taunton College is Deputy CEO. Staff from both academies are employed directly by the Trust.