Royal Forest of Dean College
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Five Acres Campus, Berry Hill

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GL16 7JT

Coordinates51°48′36″N 2°36′25″W / 51.810°N 2.607°W / 51.810; -2.607
TypeFurther education college (defunct)
Local authoritySouth West England LSC (although in Gloucestershire LEA)
Department for Education URN130684 Tables

Royal Forest of Dean College was a college of further education located close to the town of Coleford, in the Forest of Dean in west Gloucestershire. It was dissolved by government order as of 31 January 2011 in order to be merged to Gloucestershire College.[1] Together with its secondary site at Mitcheldean, and around 30 further outreach sites,[2] the college served a mainly rural area.[2] The college offered a range of courses from A-levels and was associated with University of Gloucestershire for higher education to Master's degrees.


East Dean Grammar School of Cinderford, formed in 1929, merged with Bells Grammar School of Coleford in 1968 to form the Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School on a new site. Bell's Grammar School had a history dating back to 1445 when a school was founded by Joan Greyndour.[3] In 1985, the grammar school was split into a comprehensive school and the tertiary college.[4] A 2009 Ofsted inspection rated the school with a Grade 2 (good).[2]

On 31 January 2011, it merged into Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology[5]


Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School

East Dean Grammar School

See also: Category:People educated at East Dean Grammar School

Bells Grammar School

See also: Category:People educated at Bells Grammar School


  1. ^ "Statutory Instrument". UK Government. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Ofsted Retrieved 17 September 2010
  3. ^ Limited, Alamy. "Bell's Grammar School headmasters board, All Saints Church, Newland, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK". Alamy. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. ^ "East Dean Grammar School". Sun Green. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  5. ^ "The Royal Forest of Dean College (Dissolution) Order 2010",, The National Archives, 15 December 2010, SI 2010/2992