The Governors of Lewisham Southwark College and NCG have agreed to a merger which will see Lewisham Southwark College join NCG in August 2017.
Governors of both organisations believe the merger will strengthen and further develop and improve education and training provision to better meet the needs of local communities in Central South London. All students will continue studying at Lewisham Southwark College’s current campuses in Lewisham and Southwark following the merger.
Lewisham Southwark College Chair of Governors, Chris Bilsland OBE, said:
“The Governors of Lewisham Southwark College are delighted the college will be joining NCG, ensuring that we can remain a local college but with national reach. The college will have the benefit of access to a huge range of expertise in areas such as apprenticeships and higher education as well as further education. At the same time, joining a like-minded organisation with an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating will support us in continuing to improve the quality of our provision.”
Jamie Martin, Chair of Governors at NCG said:
“We are delighted that the Governors of Lewisham Southwark College have taken the decision to join with NCG and look forward to welcoming the team in the coming months.”
Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, added:
“We look forward to supporting Lewisham Southwark College in their drive to improve the quality of education and skills provision in these two critically important London Boroughs, which will bring benefits to the students, employers and other stakeholders in Central South London.”
Lewisham Southwark College Principal, Carole Kitching said:
“This is a very exciting time for the College. The merger will provide a catalyst for growth in the range of programmes we can offer students, including vocational and technical Higher Education. All five of NCG’s colleges have been recently rated Ofsted ‘Good’, and as one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the country we can work together to offer employers locally a unique opportunity to engage with a single provider to meet their national training needs.”
“We will continue to determine our own curriculum in response to local need, with NCG’s full backing for growth and development. The College will maintain a high degree of autonomy through the powers delegated to a local College Board. NCG fully shares our commitment to putting learners and the community first and offers us a very strong and positive future.”