Shrewsbury Colleges Group
Shrewsbury Colleges Group has been formed by the merger of Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and was formally constituted on 1 August 2016. The merger allows the two colleges to focus wholly on what they do best: offer an exceptionally high performing Advanced Level centre for academically motivated students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and a leading vocational centre of excellence at Shrewsbury College. It also allows an increased focus on the development of much needed Apprenticeships.
'This is a very exciting time for Shropshire as we start this new relationship between the two merged colleges,” comments newly appointed Chair of Governors, Alison Jackson. 'Rather than co-existing - and in some areas competing - we are now able to positively work together, ensuring we deliver a broader, stronger and more co-ordinated offering to our students, local employers and the community. '
The exciting and newly merged Shrewsbury Colleges Group will give students even greater flexibility with their programme and access to dedicated subject resources at different campus locations and is proud to offer the largest and most flexible curriculum offer within Shropshire, comprising A Levels and vocational diplomas, with Apprenticeships and Higher Education qualifications as progression routes. Students still apply to each college and will 'belong' to each college community, as each college will retain their individual identities and characteristics.
One Principal/CEO will be appointed to oversee the merged group and in the meantime the post has been taken by Lyn Surgeon, who is an experienced Principal and Chief Executive previously of the ‘outstanding’ Nelson and Colne College and South Downs College. Prior to this Lyn was Deputy Principal of Pendleton College, an ‘outstanding’ Sixth Form College which was part of the merger of the three colleges which formed Salford City College in 2009.
“I am delighted to be leading the newly formed Shrewsbury Colleges Group, where we will provide excellent opportunities for all our students, enabling them to fulfil their dreams and aspirations,” comments Lyn Surgeon.