Paston Sixth Form College launches public consultation for proposed merger with City College Norwich

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Paston Sixth Form College launches public consultation for proposed merger with City College Norwich

Paston Sixth Form College launches public consultation for proposed merger with City College Norwich

 

Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham is launching a public consultation to seek views from members of the community on plans for a proposed merger with City College Norwich.

 

The two Colleges have been in talks to work together since the start of the year, as part of the Area Review of Post-16 Education in Norfolk and Suffolk led by the FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins.  Due to the success of these discussions, and following a recommendation from the Area Review, there is now a proposal that the Colleges merge together by December 2017 and a formal consultation about that  plan is being announced today.

 

The consultation invites students, parents, staff, local employers and the wider community to express their views on the proposals which aim to expand the choice of post-16 education options in North East Norfolk.

 

Overall, the plans will result in the creation of a resilient and financially sustainable organisation that will widen the educational offer for existing and prospective students, employers and the community in North East Norfolk. The merger will also ensure a skilled future workforce for the local area.

 

The final decision, taking into account the outcomes of the consultation as well as a process of business planning and due diligence, will rest with the governing  bodies of each College.  

 

 

Kevin Grieve, Principal, Paston Sixth Form College, said:
“This is all about growth. By becoming one institution, we want to work together to become an even stronger educational force than we currently are. We have a proud history and we are determined to build on this history by joining with City College Norwich to meet local needs in North East Norfolk.”

 

Corrienne Peasgood, Principal, City College Norwich said:
“We are very excited about the proposal and are looking forward to hearing what members of the local community think of our plans. Both institutions have a strong history and it is our aim to maintain, develop and celebrate their individual strengths and specialisms following the merger. After completion, we strongly believe the wider choice of courses and increased progression routes available will provide even more opportunities for young people to achieve their individual aspirations in North East Norfolk.”

 

A document setting out the full proposal and the consultation arrangements (with details of how to make your views known) is available at: www.pastonccn.co.uk or on request via email (pastonccn@gmail.com). It can also be obtained from FOUR Agency, Hill House, 20 Hill House Road, Norwich NR1 4BE.

 

The Principals from both institutions will be available at Paston Sixth Form College to discuss the merger with members of the public between 1.00pm and 6.00pm on Thursday 22 June, Friday 23 June and Monday 26 June.   Please report to the College’s reception at the Griffons site in North Walsham (NR28 9JL).

 

Replies to the consultation need to be received by midnight on Saturday 22 July.

Both Colleges will consider all responses received by that date and will publish a summary of the consultation and its outcomes by 23 September 2017 (to be available at www.pastonccn.co.uk).

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