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'Business as usual' as Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich colleges merge today

PUBLISHED: 09:47 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 01 August 2016

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London South East Colleges officially opens today

A merger between three south east London colleges officially begins today (Monday), but the head of the new group claims it will be “business as usual” for the coming year.

Sam Parrett, the former principal at Bromley College, is now leading the newly-formed London South East Colleges.

The principal and college chief executive was excited for the college’s future potential, after Bexley College approved a merger with Bromley College in March.

It came after the Corporation of Greenwich Community College approved plans in early 2015.

She said: “This year is business as usual, as our current students coming in all applied last year, before the merger was confirmed.

“By bringing three colleges together, we have been able to secure the future of further and higher education across south east London.

“Each college has many strengths, which we will capitalise on to create outstanding provision for our communities.”

Ms Parrett went on to explain the college’s focus on providing apprenticeship provision and offering a range of courses across all of the college campuses.

“Our new, more resilient organisation will bring benefits not only to students, but to local businesses and the economy as a whole. I would like to thank our staff, students and stakeholders for all their support. Without this, we would not have reached this point.” Ms Parrett added.

Together, the college has a combined turnover of £50million.

So far, just three people out of the 1,400 staff hired across the colleges are yet to find a new place within the new structure, but Ms Parrett confirmed there were no compulsory redundancies.

Enrolment to the new college will begin on Thursday, August 25.

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