I am delighted to announce that Greenwich Community College and Bexley College have today formally merged with Bromley College of Higher and Further Education to create London South East Colleges.
The creation of London South East Colleges will secure the future for learners throughout the region. It will provide outstanding education and training opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests.
Each college within the group will continue to offer a wide range of qualifications. There will also be increased opportunities for students to progress onto higher level apprenticeships and degree courses.
The three-way merger has been progressed over the past year. The Corporation of Greenwich Community College (GCC) approved the plans following a Structure and Prospects Appraisal requested by the FE Commissioner in early 2015.
Following this, the Corporation of Bexley College approved its own merger with Bromley College in March 2016 and has since held an extensive consultation with stakeholders across the region.
A new logo and branding strategy has been developed for London South East Colleges, which will be rolled out over the coming months. This has been created to reflect the dynamic, forward thinking nature of the organisation – where students are empowered to find the careers they aspire to.
By bringing three colleges together, we have been able to secure the future of further and higher education across the South East London. Each college has many strengths, which we will capitalise on to create outstanding provision for our communities.
Our expert teaching staff, industry-standard facilities and links with employers will ensure that all London South East Colleges students will have the very best chance of career success.
This is an exciting time for us all. Our new, more resilient organisation will bring benefits not only to students, but to local businesses and the economy as a whole. I would like to thank our staff, students and stakeholders for all their support. Without this, we would not have reached this point.
Each college within London South East Colleges will continue to offer a wide range of courses and qualifications across Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich. From vocational courses covering many subjects, to degrees and professional qualifications – there is something to suit everyone, whatever their age, interest or ability.
Going forward it is very much ‘business as usual’ for London South East Colleges. I would encourage people to have a look at the many opportunities we offer across our sites and apply now for courses starting in September.
Applications are being accepted now at each college and open enrolment will begin on Thursday 25 August. For more information about courses and to apply NOW – please visit www.bromley.ac.uk.
Sam Parrett, Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges
London South East Colleges (LSEC) has been formed of Bromley College, Bexley College and Greenwich Community College – following a three-way merger which was completed on 1 August 2016. With a turnover of c£50m, LSEC is the region’s leading college with 13,000 students and 1200 staff. It is governed by the Bromley College Corporation, which has been further strengthened by governors joining from Greenwich and Bexley Colleges.
Over its eight campuses, LSEC provides a broad range of education, skills and training courses at a range of levels to suit all abilities: from 14-16 provision to vocational courses, apprenticeships, degrees and professional qualifications. LSEC has strong links with employers across the region to ensure students develop the skills needed for their chosen professions. The expert teaching, innovative educational offer and first-class facilities enable students to reach the careers they aspire to.