2019 marks an important year for Fircroft College, celebrating its 110 anniversary. Founded in 1909 by George Cadbury Jr, grandson of Cadbury’s co-founder John, Fircroft College of Adult Education is based in his former family home, a beautiful Edwardian building set in six acres of gardens. George Cadbury founded Fircroft College as;

we are anxious that is shall be understood that the object of students at the new settlement shall be to return to their work and dignify it, and to help their comrades, not to rise to a superior social position, but to raise their class.”

George Cadbury and Tom Bryan visited Denmark in 1908 where they were inspired by educational opportunities offered to working people.  The Ethos of the college followed the Danish High School movements focusing on residency, value of living and working together and supporting others in the community.

Fircroft College’s first student was Fred Bubb and joined 11 other students including Cadbury workers. The first teaching staff including Tom Bryan, the Warden and other instructors. The college numbers soon increased and in 2019 Fircroft College welcomes thousands of students.

With this, we have gone from strength to strength, our core mission never changing. Social justice will always be at the heart of what we do, and our students, past and present, have gone on to achieve mind blowing things. We will share their stories over the next 12 months. We defy you to not be inspired by our alumni.


The story so far...

Stories 1 to 5

Stories 6 - 10

Coming soon...