Proposed merger with Chichester College Group

Dear student, parent, carer or guardian,

As you may have seen in the local press, GB MET is proposing to merge with the Chichester College Group (CCG). Please be assured that this proposal will have no impact on your/your young person’s current course or teaching arrangements.

We have prepared the following questions to answer any queries you might have.

Why is the College looking to merge?

GB MET’s vision is to be an exceptional provider of technical, vocational and professional education. We are committed to delivering the best possible courses and services to the local communities we serve. After an extensive review of the College’s current position and the interests of both our current and future students, we have agreed that a merger with an established college group will enable us to achieve that vision. 

Why CCG?

CCG was chosen as the preferred merger partner following a rigorous selection process led by the GB MET Board of Governors and supported by the FE Commissioner.

CCG is a well-established college group, with sites across Brinsbury, Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath and Worthing. In its most recent Ofsted inspection, the group received the highest accolade possible; ‘outstanding’. This reflects the high quality of its courses, its support services and the relationships it holds with local employers.

Merging with CCG will further enhance GB MET’s existing high-quality teaching and learning through shared expertise and resources. It will also provide us with the scope to work closer with local employers to further develop our current courses, and to grow our existing provision to ensure more progression opportunities for our students.

How will this affect the College?

Over the next 15 months, GB MET and CCG will be discussing and agreeing the logistics of the proposed merger. We will also be seeking feedback on our plans from our stakeholders, which include our current students.

Our absolute priority is to minimise any disruption to our students and to ensure a seamless transition period. 

How will this affect my young person?

There will be no changes to current courses or teaching arrangements. Courses starting between September 2021 and July 2022 will not be affected either.

From September 2022 (when the proposed merger would have taken effect) there may

be some changes to the courses on offer at each of our current campuses. Any decisions to add or remove courses will focus on local demand and students’ needs.

Later this year there will be an opportunity for you to share your feedback on the proposed merger plans. We will share details of how to get involved as soon as we can.

Helena Thomas
Principal
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

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