Friday 22nd December 2017
On 21st December the Board of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College met to consider the findings of the FE Commissioner’s report into the proposed merger with Kensington and Chelsea College. The advice was that the merger be paused to enable more time to finalise the arrangements for a long lease on the Wornington Road site in North Kensington and to engage further with community groups who have opposed the merger.
The Board of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College has agreed to the pause and will work closely with the Board of Kensington and Chelsea College to enable a continuation of the existing shared service arrangements for a number of administrative and operational functions to ensure that staff and students are able to continue to participate in high-quality teaching and learning while more permanent arrangements are revisited.
Wednesday 15th November 2017
The Corporations of KCC and EH&WLC have released the following report, detailing the findings of the public consultation.
Please click the link below to download:
Thank you to everyone who participated in our online consultation survey. The consultation process has now closed and both Boards will review the findings and provide a written response.
Kensington and Chelsea College and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College are seeking your views on the proposed merger.
Your views are very important to us. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
Elaine McMahon CBE Garry Phillips
Interim Principal & CEO of KCC CEO of EHWLC
West London’s College and Kensington & Chelsea College announce planned merger
West London’s College and Kensington and Chelsea College announce planned merger to boost employment opportunities for students
28/06/2017: Ealing Hammersmith and West London’s College and Kensington & Chelsea College have announced that they are starting a process to merge the two colleges in order to broaden the opportunities available to learners and help meet the future needs of employers across the region.
Building on the key strengths of each institution, the move will ensure students benefit from a wider choice of courses and apprenticeships. The newly-formed college will be in the strongest position to be able to deliver the high standards of education and skills that local employers want in their future workforce. Both colleges will retain their existing sites and names.
Garry Phillips, chief executive of West London’s College, said:
“We are truly excited about the benefits a partnership with Kensington and Chelsea College will bring for both students and businesses in the area.
“The combined strengths of these two organisations will offer students an exciting spectrum of educational and training opportunities – including the chance to progress on to higher level apprenticeships and degree courses. This will prepare students for the very best chance of career success, help secure the future of further education across London and make a significant contribution to the economic development of our region.”
Tony Alderman, chair of the governing body at West London’s College, said:
“This partnership will ensure that we can work across West London to develop the essential skills that will feed the growth of this dynamic region. Students from the two colleges will have access to the best teaching available, whether they want to continue in further education, take up a work-based learning opportunity, go on to university or leave college ready for the world of work.”
Michele Sutton CBE, interim principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said:
“We are delighted to be able to announce the agreement to enter into this merger with a very strong, well-respected and successful neighbouring college. This announcement is the result of a long and careful process to ensure the best future for students of all ages in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, ensuring good provision in the borough while at the same time drawing on the resources of a larger organisation. We are looking forward to working closely together as this merger takes shape over the coming months and ensuring a smooth transition.”
Mary Curnock Cook OBE, chair of Kensington and Chelsea College, said:
" The proposed merger will secure future provision in both our North Kensington and Chelsea sites which provide such vital services to our students and the communities we serve. Our Board is looking forward to working with the governing body at WLC to support the success of this merger."
A period of formal public consultation will commence in the autumn, with the newly-merged institution expected to launch early in 2018.
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About West London’s College
Located across four main sites, West London’s College is the leading college in west London. A further and higher education college offering both part-time and full-time courses, it educates around 20,000 students. It is rated good by Ofsted and recently won a national TES FE Award for outstanding use of technology to improve teaching, learning and assessment.
About Kensington & Chelsea College
Kensington and Chelsea College, based on two sites in the borough, offers further and higher education, full-time and part-time.