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Henley College set to close in July 2016 due to dwindling numbers

Stratford Editorial 17th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

HENLEY College is set to close due to dwindling student numbers.

The Stratford Road site – which is part of the Warwickshire College Group – will shut in July 2016 at the end of the next academic year.

Cuts to the further education budget and a decline in student numbers are to blame for the closure.

College bosses say they had been trying to attract students from Solihull and Stratford but changes to local transport arrangements have made the site difficult to access.

The courses which run at the college – mainly sport and hair and beauty – will be transferred to the college’s other sites in Leamington and Moreton Morrell.

College staff will also be relocated to the other sites.

Group principal Angela Joyce said: “This hasn’t been an easy decision for us but it’s important to stress that we are not closing these courses.

“We have spent £12million over the last two years refurbishing our college at Leamington and have plans to invest in expanding and upgrading our sports facilities at Moreton Morrell College as part of this change.

“The decision is part of a wider plan for the future and will ensure the strong operating model in place at Warwickshire College Group can continue to be effective in a changing and challenging external environment. Whilst decisions like this are never easy, we are confident this will guarantee a secure future for Warwickshire College Group and will allow us to continue to provide excellent teaching and training for all our students across the region.”

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