Area reviews of post-16 education have been introduced by the Government. Today John Howell MP made the following statement about Henley College.
“Following several meetings with the Chair of Governors and Principal of The Henley College, I am fully supportive of any discussions regarding collaboration between the College and Berkshire College of Agriculture. Collaboration between the two colleges would have enormous benefits for the College, for the town of Henley and the surrounding villages.
“I have in fact already raised this with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne, who has agreed with me that the College provides excellent education and training as part of a strong brand. The College offers community learning, Apprenticeship training and 16-18 full-time educational provision.”
The Government’s stated purpose of the reviews is to assess the economic and educational needs of the area and the implications for post-16 education and training provision. All FE and sixth form colleges in England will be part of a review over the next 18 months. The Government’s aim is to achieve a transition towards ‘fewer, often larger, more resilient and efficient providers’ and more effective collaboration across institution types.
Jayne Davis, Principal at Henley College said, “This college has been included in the Thames Valley area review. This means that Government representatives are going to be reviewing all colleges in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire to see whether we can be more efficient and whether there are changes to be made that will benefit students. This will include looking at more collaboration with schools and other colleges in the area. This will include looking at more collaboration with schools and other colleges in the area in particular, Berkshire College of Agriculture.”
“I would like to reassure all of our students that this area review will have no impact on day-to-day life at College and will not affect the learning experience. We will continue to focus on providing excellent education and training to our students before, during and after the process. Applicants to the College should continue to apply as normal.”