North Kensington plans – thank you
We are very grateful to those who attended our event on June 29 to discuss our future in North Kensington.
Kensington and Chelsea College has been an important feature of people’s lives in the borough for many years and we heard loud and clear the strength of feeling and passion in the community for the college. As we mentioned at the meeting, we intend this to be the start of a new conversation with the community and we are determined that this engagement will be positive as the college continues to contribute to the community for many years to come.
We will be responding to the detailed questions which were asked in due course – and will publish those responses on our website for the benefit of everyone, including those who were unable to attend our event.
Meanwhile, we would like to assure you that the governing body’s position is very clear. We are fully committed to ensuring the people of North Kensington continue to have access to good quality local education and training. This is a red line for us – and is a condition of the proposed merger.
Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to continuing this dialogue over the coming months.
Merger plan announcement
Ealing Hammersmith and West London’s College has announced that it is entering into a merger with Kensington & Chelsea College to broaden the opportunities available to learners and help meet the future needs of employers across the region.
Building on the key strengths of each institution, the move will ensure students benefit from a wider choice of courses and apprenticeships. The newly-formed college will be in the strongest position to be able to deliver the high standards of education and skills that local employers want in their future workforce. Both colleges would retain their existing sites and name.
Garry Phillips, chief executive of West London’s College, said:
“We are truly excited about the benefits a partnership with Kensington and Chelsea College will bring for both students and businesses in the area.
“The combined strengths of these two organisations will offer students an exciting spectrum of educational and training opportunities – including the chance to progress on to higher level apprenticeships and degree courses. This will prepare students for the very best chance of career success, help secure the future of further education across London and make a significant contribution to the economic development of our region.”
Tony Alderman, chair of the governing body at West London’s College, said: “This partnership will ensure that we can work across West London to develop the essential skills that will feed the growth of this dynamic region. Students from the two colleges will have access to the best teaching available, whether they want to continue in further education, take up a work-based learning opportunity, go on to university or leave college ready for the world of work.”
Michele Sutton CBE, principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the agreement to enter into this merger with a very strong, well-respected and successful neighbouring college. This announcement is the result of a long and careful process to ensure the best future for students of all ages in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, ensuring good provision in the borough while at the same time drawing on the resources of a larger organisation. We are looking forward to working closely together as this merger takes shape over the coming months and ensuring a smooth transition.”
Mary Curnock Cook OBE, chair of Kensington and Chelsea College, said: “A merger will provide real benefits for Kensington and Chelsea College students and the communities we serve. Kensington and Chelsea College and West London’s College (WLC) both have significant strengths which together will deliver more learning opportunities and a better student experience. Our Board is looking forward to working with the governing body at WLC to support the success of this merger.”
There will be a period of public consultation with the newly-merged institution expected to launch in January 2018.
About West London’s College
Located across four main sites, West London’s College is the leading college in west London. A further and higher education college offering both part-time and full-time courses, it educates around 20,000 students. It is rated good by Ofsted and recently won a national TES FE Award for outstanding use of technology to improve teaching, learning and assessment.
About Kensington & Chelsea College
Kensington and Chelsea College, based on two sites in the borough, offers further and higher education, full-time and part-time.