A town-wide powercut left Newbury College and the surrounding area in darkness over lunchtime on Tuesday 18th October 2011 when a currently unknown fault on the local network created disruption from the Robinhood Roundabout to Greenham and Wash Common.
Businesses in the Town Centre, Pinchington Lane Retail Park and even local radio station Newbury Sound were forced to close at 12:30 when the initial outage occurred.
Principal, Dr Anne Murdoch said "The timing of this power cut meant that the impact on learning was minimised. Students behaved in a very mature way and accepted that this was an unavoidable situation".
Power was restored just in time for afternoon lessons at 13:30 before further interruption to the day occurred with an unexplained fire alarm at approximately 15:30. The cause is still unknown; however staff and students are thanks for their patience and cooperation during a day of unusually disruptive occurrences.