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The Bury St Edmunds Technical Institute began offering Engineering, Building and vocational evening classes in the grounds of the Silver Jubilee School in 1951. In 1958, a new purpose-built college was built on the Gibraltar Barracks and opened on 29 May 1961 which is the West Suffolk College. The college enlarged during the 1970s to include the Engineering, Construction and Motor Vehicle training and in the 1980s a beauty, hair and hospitality school was opened and a purpose-built facility for students with learning difficulties and disabilities was built with the expansion continuing with Gibraltar House opening in 1999. In 2014, a new building, The Gateway, was opened. West Suffolk College is a Further Education college in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and in 2016 was ranked in the top five per cent in the country for its achievement rates in Level 3 Vocational Diplomas, the best in the Eastern Region, and the second-best GCSE English resit results in the country. University Studies at West Suffolk College was a founding member of the University of Suffolk, providing a range of apprenticeships and undergraduate degree courses. The college delivers a range of courses, including vocational and technical courses, apprenticeships, and an array of higher-apprenticeships and bachelor's degree courses accredited by the University of East Anglia.