Croydon College and Coulsdon Sixth Form College have merged into one new organisation, with the aim to provide even better educational services to communities within the borough and beyond.
While the legal name for the new college will be Croydon College, both will continue to operate under their own separate identities. However, by working together, sharing ideas and facilities, the ambition is to improve performances and results across both Colleges.
Coulsdon and Croydon are both rated as ‘Good’ under their 2018 Ofsted inspections. The aim of the merger is to transform two ‘Good’ Colleges into two ‘Great’ ones.
Coulsdon will continue as a Sixth Form College, providing A Level and vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds, while Croydon College will continue to provide a broader Further and Higher Education offer, aimed at those aged 16 and above.
The financial stability that the merger provides, will allow both Colleges to continue to invest in providing industry-standard learning environments and support, enabling their students to succeed.
Gordon Smith, Chair of Governors, Croydon College, said: “We are determined to continue to provide the very best education offer that we can. We are committed to working hard with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that both Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon College contribute fully to the economic and social prospects of the borough and the community we serve.
“Our newly merged College, with its Sixth Form campus in Coulsdon, and its FE and University Centre campus in central Croydon, will provide an unmatched range of academic, vocational, degree level, training and apprenticeships in Croydon to meet the needs of the community and employers.
“This move will accelerate our journey from Good to Great, enhancing the quality of our students’ experience by learning from and with each other”
Following the merger, between them the two Colleges will help train and educate over 2,500 students aged between 16-19 and 4,000 adults each year including approximately 500 apprentices and 400 Higher Education students.
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