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Ben Turnough

College merger given green light

Published on: Monday 20th June 2016
Categorised under: Learn , Barrow, College, Education, Furness College

A move to merge two leading colleges to strengthen education provision in Barrow has been given the green light.

The boards of Barrow Sixth Form College and Furness College – both partners of Choose Cumbria – have approved the proposal, which will see the colleges form one partnership but retain separate campuses and identities.

Andrew Wren, Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College, said: “We are delighted to get the go-ahead for the merger and together we are well placed to offer a curriculum of academic and vocational subjects which is unrivalled in Cumbria.

“We will continue to work with young people, adults and employers to deliver excellent education and skills training across Furness, offering students the perfect path to achieve their career aspirations.”

The merger, which takes effect on August 1, will offer one of the widest choices of academic, professional and training opportunities in Cumbria.

Mike Phipps, Barrow Sixth Form College Chair of Governors, added: “The combined organisation will unite the strengths of both colleges and reshape education for the good of the young people of the area.

“We will deliver the quality and breadth of subjects our students need to go on to higher education and successful careers.”

The proposal has received broad support from the public and been backed by Skills Minister Nick Boles.

Click here for more information about the merger proposal.

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