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Plan to merge Bromley College and Bexley College in August

PUBLISHED: 12:50 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 22 March 2016

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The colleges retain their own identity and a commitment to the community they serve under the new banner of Bromley College Group London (BCGL)

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The growing partnership between Bromley College and Bexley College has accelerated today after they announced their intention to merge later this year.

The decision has been agreed by the board of governors at both colleges, with the aim of ensuring students in south east London have a wider curriculum choice and range of opportunities to progress in their education.

A period of formal consultation at Bexley College now begins in the lead up to a planned merger date of August 1.

Bexley College instigated a Strategic Options Review last year, from which it was resolved that Bromley College would be its preferred partner.

It was then agreed in December to ‘explore a strategic partnership’, which led to today’s decision, following the federation of Bromley College and Greenwich Community College on January 1.

Bosses claim the shake-up will secure the future for learners throughout south east London ahead of the government’s area review process.

Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich Colleges - which currently have a combined turnover of £48m - will all retain their own identity and a commitment to the community they serve under the new banner of Bromley College Group London (BCGL).

The merged college will be led by the current principal of Bromley College, Sam Parrett.

The provision offered across the colleges includes a 14-16 Academy, a broad work-related & vocational skills programme, apprenticeships, Higher Education and professional qualifications across all subjects and industries.

Roger Dawe, chair of Bromley College of further and higher education, said: “This merger is excellent news for education and training in south east London.

“Together with Greenwich and Bexley, we can now establish the highest quality of vocational education, apprenticeships and training across our three neighbouring boroughs.

“Not only will this benefit those seeking skills they need to progress into work – but it will also help employers to secure the skills they need to grow.

“There is significant economic development at the moment and looking ahead, making this an ideal time to secure the future of our colleges.”

Leeni Lear, chair of governors at Bexley College, added: “Our priority is to ensure that students have access to high quality technical and professional training, which will lead them to successful and fulfilling careers.

“This partnership will build on the undoubted strengths of both colleges.

“Learners will benefit from a wider curriculum choice and more opportunities to progress onto a range of courses across academic, work based and vocational disciplines.”

Will you or your child be affected by the merge? Contact tom.pyman@archant.co.uk with your views.

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