Northern College’s Wentworth Castle campus to go purple in celebration of Census 2021

Northern College, housed in the magnificent grade 1 listed Wentworth Castle in South Yorkshire, has joined more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

Northern College, the only adult residential college in the North, supports adults to re-enter education to progress, gain employment or make a career change.

The event has been organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of census day on March 21, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Other iconic landmarks including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower, are signed up for the celebration, and lighting up in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 through to March 21.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

Yultan Mellor, Principal and Chief Executive at Northern College, commented:

“We are proud to be supporting the national census campaign by lighting up our iconic Wentworth Castle grade 1 listed campus building.

“We have previously been referred to as one of the most beautiful colleges in the UK. It has also been said that our adult students’ excellent achievement rates and life changing stories mean that this beauty runs deep inside the college too. This is something we are really proud of.

“Our students on campus have been already completing their census forms, and we will continue to help encourage others to do the same.”

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

“We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

“We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Northern College and the National Trust for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

Northern College’s Wentworth Castle campus will light up purple on Friday 19th March at 7pm and again on the evenings of 20th and 21st March.

Northern College’s main house is a Grade 1 listed building of outstanding historical importance. The college’s residential learning and wrap-around support provides an educational experience many students describe as life changing. The college is surrounded by over 500 acres of National Trust gardens and parkland. Learn more about how you can study at Northern College at

Every household in England and Wales will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online. Census day is March 21, but you can fill yours in as soon as you receive your letter if you’re confident there will be no change in who usually lives in your household. Papers forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support. If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit our website Our census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online.

For further information on Census 2021, visit