College Merger

Stratford-upon-Avon College Merger

In accordance with Stratford upon Avon College’s Instrument and Articles of Government, Stratford upon Avon College may, by resolution, dissolve itself and provide for the transfer of its property, rights and assets. A copy of the draft resolution must be published by Stratford upon Avon College at least one month before the proposed date of dissolution. Solihull College must, by way of resolution, agree to accept the transfer of Stratford upon Avon College’s property, rights and assets in order for the merger to be effective.

The draft resolution is copied below for information. It should be noted that this is a draft resolution only and both the merger date specified in the resolution of 19th December 2017 and the wording of the resolution itself may be subject to change.

Dissolution Resolution
Response to Public Consultation Document
Merger Consultation Document
Vision for the Merged College

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will the College merge with?

We are thrilled to announce the College will be merging with Solihull College & University Centre, and we look forward to working alongside them to ensure a secure, successful future. We are convinced that we have made the very best choice of merger partner in order to provide a thriving further education offer in the town. The target date for the merger is 19th December 2017, and both organisations will take every measure to ensure that the transition is as efficient and seamless as possible.

Is the College going to close?

No. The merger is taking place to ensure that the College can continue to operate at an optimum level, serving its learners and communities with a comprehensive and robust curriculum provision. The merged college will retain and develop a broad, substantial and high quality offer on each of the existing sites, with sufficient autonomy to respond to the needs of local people and businesses and to engage with partners in the communities served by those sites, particularly those who make them really special.

Why is the College merging? / What are the benefits of a merger?

The merger was a recommendation of the Further Education Commissioner to ensure continued, high quality further and higher education provision in the Stratford-upon-Avon. This proposal will ensure and enhance the continuing provision of high quality education for our learners and maximise the opportunities available to them. We see the benefits of a merged college as:

  • maintaining and further improving the already outstanding track record of each college supporting its students into successful outcomes, and by using its wider geographical base, assets and network of contacts it will continue to enhance the overall student experience;
  • ensuring excellence in teaching and learning by disseminating best practice to achieve high quality and to retain and attract the best talent;
  • developing the curriculum offer at all of its sites to respond to employer demand and the changing economic and political landscape, addressing the Skills Plan and the Industrial Strategy;
  • providing a significant contribution to the local economy and the up-skilling and re-skilling of the workforce;
  • developing a full cost and international offer to take advantage of Stratford-upon-Avon’s unique location and excellent residential facilities;
  • creating a strong and stable financial infrastructure which will permit investment in the fabric, facilities, equipment and staff at each of its sites, with an early focus on Stratford-upon-Avon College.

Is the merger a cost–saving exercise?

No, although the merger will allow efficiencies to be made and for benefits to be gained from economies of scale. However, the prime purpose of the merger is to ensure and enhance the continuing provision of high quality education for our learners and maximise the opportunities available to them. A merger will see a continuation of our commitment to operate as inclusive, high-quality providers of teaching and learning. We have first-rate staff and excellent facilities but, on our own, lack the critical mass to achieve the economies and efficiencies needed to invest in modern learning resources and to offer the diverse range of courses our locality deserves. We are passionate about providing the county with resilience, flexibility and responsiveness to future change in further education.

What will the name of the new College be? How has this been decided?

The current Stratford-upon-Avon College site will continue to operate under that name and will use this brand to the fullest possible extent. It is proposed that the college will retain the official name of Solihull College and University Centre but will continue to operate both existing college brands post-merger. The individual campuses in Solihull, Blossomfield and Woodlands will retain their identity.

I have applied to join the College in September 2017. Will I still be able to enrol?

Yes. No courses will be closed as a result of this merger and all students starting a course at Stratford-upon-Avon College will be able to complete it there. We are hopeful that in the very near future we will be able to announce some new opportunities at Stratford-upon-Avon as a direct result of this merger. We also anticipate that progression opportunities (onto apprenticeships or degree programmes) will increase as a result of this merger.

The reason I picked my college was because it was close to home. Will my course still run at the same campus?

Yes. There are no plans to alter the location of any courses for the 2017/2018 academic year. No courses will be closed as a result of this merger and all students starting a course at Stratford-upon-Avon College will be able to complete it there. We are hopeful that in the very near future we will be able to announce some new opportunities at Stratford-upon-Avon as a direct result of this merger. Additionally, in the long term, the merger may provide an opportunity to share specialist facilities to improve learner experience.

I am currently studying at the College. Will there be a change to my course fees?

There are no plans to alter current course fees.

My child has special educational needs. How will they be affected?

By merging, we are able to continue to provide specialist provision for students with special educational needs. The merged college will seek to work with learners, parents and carers and the local Authorities to better use the college’s resources to support learners with additional needs better.

How will this impact adult community classes?

We will be in a stronger position to provide high-quality specialist provision. We can share good practice and expertise among practitioners. We will be able to offer innovative low price solutions to make courses accessible to more adults.

Do you have future plans to alter your higher education provision?

There are no plans to alter HE provision for 2017/2018. However, we are working hard to develop new Higher Education opportunities in Stratford-upon-Avon for September 2018. This will focus initially on providing enhanced progression opportunities for our current students but we hope to work with local and national partners to develop an offer that will have national appeal.

Latest Merger News

Students and Staff Outside Stratford-upon-Avon College
Solihull College & University Centre Deputy Principal Lindsey Stewart, Solihull College & University Centre Principal and Chief Executive John Callaghan, Stratford-upon-Avon College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley, and Stratford-upon-Avon College Governor Ian Lumley
Stratford-upon-Avon College
Solihull College & University Centre Deputy Principal Lindsey Stewart, Solihull College & University Centre Principal and Chief Executive John Callaghan, Stratford-upon-Avon College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley, and Stratford-upon-Avon College Governor Ian Lumley
Stratford-upon-Avon College

Questions?

As the college embraces this significant change, we appreciate that you may have some questions. Please submit them using the form to the right and we will respond within 5 working days.