At its Board meeting last night (Tuesday 14 January 2020) the Governors of Kensington and Chelsea College resolved to confirm merger with Morley College London. Merger is scheduled to take effect on Monday 3 February.

On 30 October 2019, the FE Commissioner’s team undertook a final monitoring visit at the College and endorsed KCC strategies for improvement and development, including those for merger, that have been adopted by the Board and the College’s Senior Leadership Team. The report highlights, “…the notable and tangible improvement to the atmosphere and culture across the college, and that College operations are well led giving a sense of calm in the build up to merger”.

Commenting on the merger confirmation Ian Valvona, Chair of Corporation, said:

“Yesterday’s Board decision was a landmark in the continuing upturn in fortunes for the College and the communities it serves in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy.

At the same time the FE Commissioner’s team has recognised improvements in teaching and learning and an improvement in the College’s financial situation which – together – the Board and Senior Leadership Team have been working to deliver since early 2018. I am delighted that Commissioners talk so positively about a culture of openness, transparency, accessibility and trust that now exists in relation to the Board and the SLT and I would like to recognise the Principal’s commitment to driving this turnaround in the College’s situation.

Kensington and Chelsea College students deserve nothing less than the best and through merger with Morley College London I have no doubt that is what they will get.”

The College has also had a positive Ofsted Monitoring Visit (22 November 2019) which found that leaders and governors are working well together to improve the quality of education provision and that leaders and teachers have ensured more learners stay on their courses and achieve their qualifications.

Andy Cole, Principal and Chief Executive, said:

“I am immensely proud of my staff who have remained committed to improving the opportunities and outcomes of our learners in the face of the most challenging of circumstances, and it is heartening to see this reflected in both the FE Commissioner’s report and feedback from Ofsted inspectors.

Throughout the past two years I have been humbled by the passion and determination of campaigners who have fought so hard to preserve the best of the College’s rich history for the benefit of future generations and wish to place on record my respect for their work both before and subsequent to the tragic events of the 14th June 2017.

I am confident that in Morley we have the right partner to continue our journey and look forward to working with colleagues to finalise arrangements over the coming weeks.”