Plans for a college merger that includes Bromley College of Further and Higher Education have been announced.
The college is set to merge with Greenwich Community College, but only basic details of the plans have been announced so far. A spokesperson for the Bromley college said that the merger would take place on a legal and financial level. The new college will see the Greenwich Community College name disappear, although the brand will remain in place.
The move comes after an assessment was recommended for Greenwich following an Ofsted inspection. A lot of work has been carried out in recent months to make improvements, but it is believed that the best way forward is to go ahead with the Bromley merger. Bromley’s inspection from Ofsted earned it a “good” rating.
The chair of governors at Bromley, Roger Dawe, said that the merger would help “to enhance the quality of education, skills and training” offered by the college. He believes that the further education sector is facing challenges and that opportunities such as the merger should be seriously considered. However, he also pointed out that the merger will not be completed for some time, and it will not affect students enrolling this year.
Discussions had previously taken place regarding a merger between Greenwich and Lewisham Southwark College, but both institutions were facing assessments of services and facilities and this is no longer an option. There has been no comment on the proposals from the SFA at the present time.