College finalises merger

Governors at Prior Pursglove College and Stockton Sixth Form College have announced their historic merger into a single entity to create Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College, which was established on 1st May 2016.

The equal merger is the first of its kind in the sixth form college sector for eighteen years.

The newly incorporated college will maintain its current and distinct sites in Guisborough and Stockton and will be led by Principal Joanna Bailey.

Paul Gavens, Chair of Governors at Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “This innovative and forward thinking approach will allow us to continue to fulfil our vision of providing high-quality education and life-changing experiences to young people and adults across the Tees Valley.

“Our two sites, Prior Pursglove College and Stockton Sixth Form College, will continue to operate, supported by an effective and efficient business function.

“We firmly believe in the benefits our merged college will produce for current and prospective students, staff, local employers and other stakeholders within our communities.

“The government’s Area Based Review of Post-16 Education in the Tees Valley is demonstrating the value of regional colleges working together against a backdrop of reduced funding.

“This is a unique and exciting opportunity to continue to develop our reputation as one of the region’s most successful colleges.”

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