Launch of Public Consultation of Prosposed merger of City College Southampton with Eastleigh College

The public consultation has been launched on the proposed merger of City College Southampton with Eastleigh College.

Where did the idea of a merger originate?

In 2015, the Department for Education began a restructure of the post-16 education and training sectors through a national Area-Based Review process.  The Government stated that the review must ‘establish the appropriate set of institutions to offer high quality provision based on the current and future needs of learner and employers within the local area’. This will result in ‘fewer, larger, more resilient and efficient colleges’.

The Boards of Southampton City College and of Eastleigh College have responded to this exceptional opportunity and believe that our merging will create a powerhouse further education college in South Hampshire, delivering outstanding technical and professional education. We have outlined below what we see as the key benefits of coming together as one college and would welcome hearing from you as to your views.

 We have established that this merger will:

  • Create the largest college of technical and professional education in South Hampshire and provide high quality learning opportunities for around 28,000 students every year.
  • Improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for students, combining inclusion and excellence in meeting local community needs.
  • Provide greater access to Further Education (FE), Higher Education (HE) and apprenticeships, providing essential skills and opportunities for outstanding futures.
  • Increase our capacity for staff development, through sharing best practice and increased career opportunities and enable us to continue to be an employer that attracts and retains the best people.
  • Build on our existing centres of excellence, whilst meeting the needs of local priority sectors including engineering, construction, marine, theatre and film production, gaming, business, IT and hospitality.
  • Provide a developed, responsive resource to meet the needs of local and national employers who are seeking to develop their workforce through apprenticeships and training
  • Have the potential to attract greater investment in education resources, whilst achieving value for money through central services.


Public consultation

The public consultation is for all stakeholders of the two colleges, to give everyone the opportunity to give their views about the merger.  The full consultation document is available on our dedicated merger website and includes a response form.

This consultation will be open until 19th December 2018 and a response to the consultation will be published no later than 19th February 2019. Full background information is available through our dedicated merger website. This includes a comprehensive “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

If you would like to share your views as part of the public consultation process please complete the form which is at the end of the consultation document, available at

We hope that you take part and express your views about our plan. This is an exciting opportunity for us all to shape the future of further education in South Hampshire and we urge you to take part.



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