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NCG Announces Changes to Lewisham Southwark College

NCG has today announced that Lewisham Southwark College is to be rebranded as two separate Colleges; Lewisham College and Southwark College.

The rebrand comes into effect on 1st October 2018 and will see both colleges remain a part of NCG.

NCG Chief Executive Joe Docherty said, “This decision will allow the newly established colleges to develop curriculum programmes that better meet the needs of the communities they serve and to work more closely with key stakeholders, including crucially the local authorities of Lewisham and Southwark.

“Two new principals will be appointed to lead the colleges – both charged with the opportunity to make sure the offer better meets the respective local challenges while continuing to collaborate on areas where that makes sense.

“These are incredibly exciting opportunities and in making this move we will better meet NCG’s purpose, to unlock potential through learning.”

The move to create two new colleges has been well received by the local councils. Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said, “Further education opens up opportunities for so many Lewisham residents of all ages.

“This move will allow the newly-branded Lewisham College to tailor their curriculum to the needs of our borough and we welcome this.”

Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, added: “This is welcome news for Southwark residents, who deserve a better and more focused further education offer than we have had in recent years.

“The council has worked with local schools to ensure Southwark children receive a first class education, and we expect the same standard from our further education colleges.

“We look forward to working with the new Southwark College to help our residents reach their potential and have every opportunity to succeed in life.”

It is anticipated that most colleagues will be unaffected by these changes. NCG will of course continue to consult and communicate openly and honestly with any changes that occur as a result of the redevelopment.

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NCG Welcomes Lewisham Southwark College into the Group

We are pleased to announce that Lewisham Southwark College has now successfully merged with NCG.

We are looking forward to working with Lewisham Southwark College to strengthen, further develop and improve education and training provision to better meet the needs of local communities in Central South London.

Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, welcomes Lewisham Southwark College to the group:

“We are delighted to welcome Lewisham Southwark College to the family of colleges and training providers at NCG. Lewisham Southwark is a significant college in Central South London, and will continue to serve the needs of its local community.

“It is our clear goal to support Lewisham Southwark College in their drive to improve the quality of education and skills provision in these two critically important London Boroughs, bringing benefits to the students, employers and other stakeholders in Central South London.”

Lewisham Southwark College Principal, Carole Kitching said:

“The College is delighted to have joined national college and training organisation NCG, ensuring we remain a local college serving the needs of our communities in Central South London whilst enjoying the benefits of being part of a highly successful large group. Our students can look forward to being able to access a very wide range of opportunities in apprenticeships and higher education as well as high quality further education provision. Our staff will benefit from being able to share good practice and materials with a network of colleagues across the UK.

“We are also looking forward to working with increasing numbers of employers through our ‘one stop shop’ offer where a single organisation can plan and deliver training both locally and nationally.”

 

Lewisham Southwark is a London further education college with over 7,100 students from a wide variety of social backgrounds and ethnicities. The college has three campuses across Central South London in Lewisham, Southwark and Deptford.

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Lewisham Southwark College to join NCG

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.”

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