Havant Sixth Form College formalises merger with South Downs College

July 13, 2017

Thursday 13 July marked the official signing of the merger agreement between Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College.

The ceremony signified the signing of the transition of the College ahead of the exciting partnership with South Downs College to create the new Havant and South Downs College.

On 1 August, Havant and South Downs College will open its doors as a multi-campus college of outstanding further education.

This means students will have:

  • Double the expertise– learning with leading subject and industry professionals
  • Twice the choice– over 150 courses, 80 partnerships with universities and vibrant links with business and industry
  • Dual campus– designed to raise students’ aspirations and meet their learning and lifestyle choices
  • Digital innovation– learning through two pioneering ventures: Google and Microsoft

The successful partnership builds on the two colleges’ strengths and develops an even more outstanding further education provision to better meet employers’ and residents’ needs for high quality education and training.

Mike Gaston, Principal of Havant and South Downs College, said: “This is the beginning of an exciting future for Havant and South Downs College.

“We recognise the exceptional strengths of both colleges that together ensures a strong and sustainable provision that meets the needs of present and future students and employers within our community.”

Mike Bateman, Chair or Corporation at Havant Sixth Form College, said: “I want to repeat the message: ‘We are stronger together’.

“I think it is really important that we are offering enormous opportunities for students. That is what this is all about, providing students across the region with the right opportunities.”