College merger is confirmed

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College have announced that they have now formally merged (1 August 2016).

The colleges had been federated for three and a half years, firstly sharing a Principal and Chief Executive, Marion Plant OBE, and more recently, a management team and some curriculum staff, as well as having a shared, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan. During this time, both colleges have been judged as ‘Good’ colleges by Ofsted.

Toni Fazaeli, Chair of the merged college corporation, said: “We believe that our merger will help us do more and better, by being sharply focused on excellence, and as one college being highly responsive to our local communities and employers across the South and West Leicestershire and North Warwickshire areas.

“By becoming a merged college we will be more cost-efficient and be able to provide a richer offer of further and higher education courses and Apprenticeships to our local communities and to our local and regional industries.”

The colleges conducted a compulsory consultation during March and April 2016, before making the recommendation to merge to the two college corporations (boards). At the same time, the colleges consulted on a name change, and from 1 August 2016, the corporation of the newly merged college will be known as ‘North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College’. However, the two existing colleges will continue to operate under the existing names and brands of ‘North Warwickshire & Hinckley College’ and ‘South Leicestershire College’.

Principal and Chief Executive, Marion Plant OBE, said: “This is an exciting development for our colleges and for the communities we operate in. Through our shared Mission, which is ‘to achieve success through learning’, we believe the merger will make us a stronger, more agile learning provider in the East and West Midlands, providing richer learning experiences for our students and more progression opportunities.

“It will also strengthen our offer to local and regional employers in the East and West Midlands, to ensure we are providing a strong pipeline of talented and skilled staff into industry.”