KGV Sixth Form College and Southport College move towards merger
KGV College and Southport College’s Governing Boards have recently taken the first steps towards an exciting union of Southport’s leading further education institutions.
The proposed merger will ensure that all school leavers in Southport and the surrounding area can access a comprehensive curriculum offer right on their doorstep. The Colleges’ are committed to working together to offer outstanding post-16 education to equip school leavers with the training and qualifications required to enable them to progress on to university level study and employment.
The partnership will see both college sites retained with Southport College as the Vocational Centre and KGV as the Sixth Form Centre. There will be opportunity for development and investment in facilities across both campuses thanks to the creation of a stronger, financially resilient college.
Julian McInerney; Chair of KGV Governors, said “This proposal offers the opportunity for both colleges to benefit from sharing expertise and resources whilst recognising the importance of maintaining their distinctive ethos and offer. It will enable us to maintain and develop outstanding advanced level programmes at the Scarisbrick New Road site.”
John Fell; Chair of Southport College Governors, also welcomed the decision saying “I am delighted that the Boards have decided to work together. This can only be good news for students in Southport whom will benefit from a high quality, well-resourced local offer which will undoubtedly strengthen post-16 education in Southport.”
Formal consultations on the proposal will commence in August following the summer break. At that stage there will be opportunities for students, staff, and stakeholders to give feedback and find out more about the exciting plans ahead for the future of post-16 education in Southport.
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