Stratford-upon-Avon College is forging ahead with its plans to secure a merger with a suitable partner.
A favourable collaboration will ensure that the College continues to provide the best possible Further Education opportunities for the local community, and the three-stage process to secure the ideal partnership is now formally under way.
Following valuable input from its staff, students and external stakeholders, the College has drawn up a vision document which will form a key part of the assessment criteria for the merger proposals. It stresses the College’s commitment to maintaining its current identity and its role within the community by continuing to provide a broad Further Education curriculum on the site.
As always, the College’s main priorities are the interests of the students, staff and the wider local community. To ensure these interests are met, potential partners are asked as part of the process to demonstrate how they will develop their understanding of Stratford’s unique character and to commit to supporting local businesses and communities.
College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley is very optimistic about the future: “I am delighted that 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.”
Meanwhile, the College’s message is that it’s business as usual; it is currently recruiting students and apprentices as normal, onto its full range of courses, ready to start a new academic year of teaching in September.