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Bracknell & Wokingham college plans to merge with Activate Learning

Activate Learning and Bracknell and Wokingham College officially merged on 10 January 2019, creating a new partnership that will transform the post-16 educational landscape in Berkshire. 

The newly merged organisation will provide students, staff and businesses with new opportunities and choices, giving them access to high-quality growth and development opportunities made possible by being part of a larger group with national influence.

The decision to merge was taken back in January 2018 and saw a significant period of consultation taking place between 15 March and 27 April to consider the views of all relevant stakeholders including students, staff, businesses, local education providers and the general public.

The overall response was supportive of the proposed merger. Employers and higher education partners who responded were 100% positive about the proposed merger and cited many benefits for learners and the college as well as their appetite to expand their work with the new, larger-scale organisation.

Constructive comments were made about the practicalities of implementing the merger and the request to continue focusing on improving quality and delivering a curriculum that responds to local needs.

The full report is published here.

The Corporation of Bracknell & Wokingham College has now been dissolved and all assets and liabilities previously held by the college have been passed to Activate Learning.