The Bedford College Group unveiled

Tuesday 1 August 2017

New imagery has been unveiled to showcase a new powerhouse of education for the South East Midlands: The Bedford College Group.

Bedford and Tresham colleges have now formally agreed to merge, less than six months after the proposal was made in February 2017. 

The Bedford College Group

Photo shows Ian Pryce CBE right with The Bedford College Group executive team. 

Bedford College and Tresham College of Further and Higher Education will become one on August 1st to form The Bedford College Group which includes Shuttleworth College, and The Bedford Sixth Form, as well as Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby campuses and The National College for Motorsport in Northamptonshire 

The move was supported by the FE Commissioner and Skills Funding Agency and was encouraged as a recommendation from the recent Area Based Review for the South East Midlands region. 

The merger has been overseen by a steering group involving Governors and interim managers for both Bedford College and Tresham College. The newly merged college will appoint a board that is representative of the area covered by The Bedford College Group. 

Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998 will take up the role of group Principal and CEO.

Speaking of the formal decision to merge, Ian Pryce CBE said:

“This bigger college group will be able to better serve Bedford and North Northamptonshire.  

“It enables us to expand the courses and programmes including more advanced and higher level programmes and more apprenticeships.  For staff it protects jobs and will ensure we can attract the best people.  We are committed to the communities of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough as well as Bedfordshire and we plan to grow provision in all areas. The enthusiastic response we have had from employers, local councils, staff and students shows the community has the same ambition as us and that support will help enormously.”

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