ABOUT THE MERGER

This proposed merger will result in forming the largest College Group in Sussex, providing high quality learning opportunities to around 25,000 students every year and developing the existing centres of teaching excellence to meet the future needs of the regions’ employers.

Why?

To offer increased opportunities by growing income, sharing costs and working in a wider geographical area.

Benefits?

To attract greater investment from education resources and expertise, whilst achieving value for money through central services.

Impacts?

Significantly improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for students across the region – combining inclusion and excellence to meet local, community and business needs.

College backgrounds

The merger will build on Chichester’s strengths as ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted 2014) and help support the development of Central Sussex College, its financial recovery and quality improvement plan.

It will create a group structure that is sustainable, innovative and ensures a diverse and employer-led curriculum.

MERGER TIMELINE

Our shared
vision
is to be the FIRST
choice for:
Learning for our
local communities
Training for regional
businesses
International education

Campus locations

The merger will expand the geographical reach and appeal of the colleges across Sussex and southern England

Consultation

A statutory requirement of the merger process is for Central Sussex College to undertake a formal consultation on its proposal to dissolve. This consultation is open to all stakeholders and communities across Sussex. If you would like to share your views please download the pdf and email it to merger@centralsussex.ac.uk

Business support

Enhanced training, specialisms, apprenticeships and higher education will be provided throughout the region to businesses, delivering the vital skills training to enable them to compete nationally and globally.

FAQS

When will we know if the merger is definitely happening?

Both colleges and their Corporations are firmly committed to merging. We are now in a formal consultation process and will keep our timeline (on this website) updated so you can see progress. The proposed date for the merger is the 1st August 2017

Will there be any site closures?

There are no plans to close any of the existing sites. In fact, the merger will create an exciting group of businesses:

Chichester College

Brinsbury (land based campus)

Central Sussex College (Crawley)

Horsham Training Centre

First Steps Childcare Group

Anglia Examinations

International Operations

 

The notice of the closure of the Haywards Heath campus occurred prior to this consultation and merger plan.

Will there be any cancellation of courses or new courses developed?

We are currently working on the college curriculum – reflecting the annual process of curriculum planning to ensure we can match supply and demand across a vast range of courses. On occasion (irrespective of mergers) it is necessary to cancel a course if there is insufficient demand and we always seek to find alternative arrangements for those impacted. In addition, (and also irrespective of mergers) we are always developing our curriculum and starting new and exciting courses.

Regarding the merger, it is too early to say the exact changes that may result around the curriculum other than that we are excited about the opportunity to enhance provision – particularly around apprenticeships and Higher Education. Part of the appeal of the merger for both colleges is the wider geographical area and the opportunity to use our experience and expertise to support more learners and businesses.

What will the merger mean for the financial situation at Central Sussex College?

The merger will enable Central Sussex to reach a solution to its financial challenges.

A key driver of the merger plan is to create a sustainable College Group with the potential to grow and attract investment. It should be noted that Chichester College is not taking on any of Central Sussex College’s historic debt.

What will the name of the new college be?

We are consulting on this at the moment. The working title for the group is ‘Chichester College Group’ (CCG).

Research has shown that localness of a college is important therefore each college will retain its location in its name with the group gaining an overarching name for commercial opportunities and administrative reasons.

The proposed College site names are:

  • Chichester College (no change)
  • Brinsbury (no change)
  • Crawley College (change from Central Sussex)
  • Horsham Training Centre (no change)