Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College publish plans for merger

Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College have published their merger consultation document

This document sets out further detail on the two colleges’ merger proposals and the benefits this will bring to the communities they serve.

All members of the public and other stakeholders (including schools, other colleges, training providers and employers) are welcome to comment on the proposals. The consultation will close on 1 March, after which the colleges will consider and publish a response to comments received.

Announcing the start of the public consultation, Ann Zinkin, the Chair of Barnet and Southgate College, said: “I am delighted that we are publishing our proposal to merge the Colleges of Barnet and Southgate and Waltham Forest. This is a strategic merger of equals, driven by the needs of the learners and the industries and communities we serve. Our ambition is to create a new and vibrant College that is better able to meet the economic and social challenges that London, our local boroughs and the wider country face. This merger will create better opportunities for our learners, providing higher levels of resource and sustainable investment so that the best possible experience is offered to all our stakeholders.”

Paul Butler, Chair of Waltham Forest College, said: “Our vision for the merged College is for it to be an exciting place to learn, with motivated learners from diverse backgrounds learning in high quality facilities with talented teaching staff to support them. We are committed to the local communities we serve and to creating an environment where local provision is championed and neighbourhood participation is encouraged at every level. We look forward to receiving and considering comments from our communities and stakeholders on our proposals, as we firm up our plans."

David Byrne, the Principal of Barnet and Southgate College and the Principal Designate of the new merged College, said:   “The proposed merger of Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College will benefit our local communities. Our size and financial strength will enable us to improve the range and quality of courses that we offer learners. And we will be better placed to work with local, regional and national employers in creating training courses that meet the needs of our future workforce, including through Apprenticeships.
 “We want to hear from the communities we serve as we shape our plans for the future. I encourage all with an interest to visit one of our College websites, where they can download the consultation document and find details about how to respond.”

The Principal of Waltham Forest College, Penny Wycherley, said:   “This merger will benefit all our learners.  With our increased scale and diversity of provision, learners will have more choice and more opportunity. It is important that we continue to listen as we shape our plans. I therefore encourage you to visit one of our College websites, where you can download our consultation document and let us have your comments, either on line or in writing.”

The consultation document is available for download at:

If this merger affects you, please let us know your opinions - click here  to access the merger survey