14th Nov, 2019

'Business as usual' at Stratford College while merger partner is sought

IT IS ‘business as usual’ at Stratford College while they look for a merger partner.

The cash-strapped college announced in March it was being bailed out by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) – after Lloyds Bank refused to provide temporary financial support.

And part of the bail out saw former Warwickshire College deputy principal Andrew Cropley take over from Nicola Mannock as principal.

The college is now working to secure a partnership. Staff, students and stakeholders have had their say on the college’s future and bosses have drawn up a vision document which will help them assess potential partners.

The college are keen to maintain its current identity and its role within the community by continuing to provide a broad Further Education curriculum.

Mr Cropley is optimistic about the future.

He told The Obsrever: “I am delighted the college has been approached by a number of organisations keen to collaborate with us.

“Each potential partner would not only bring unique strengths to the merger, but has also already identified several benefits that a partnership would bring.

“We hope to be in a position to name our chosen partner before the end of May and I see a bright future ahead for a re-invigorated college.”

The college is continuing to enrol students and apprentices ready to start the new academic year in September.

Visit www.stratford.ac.uk for more information.

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