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Stakeholder Consultation Outcome for Proposed Merger

On 29th March 2017, Bedford College (Bedford) and Tresham College of Further and Higher Education (Tresham) issued a joint stakeholder consultation proposal on its plans to merge as a new college.


The consultation document laid out proposals for Tresham to merge with Bedford under a ‘Type B’ merger arrangement which would entail Tresham dissolving from 1st August 2017.  This merger model was proposed as the most compelling option to meet the needs of key stakeholders in the area.

The consultation ran from 29th March 2017 to 5th May 2017, providing a five-week window for stakeholder responses, allowing for the Easter break.

To read the full responses and report please click here

In conclusion

We have welcomed and are grateful for the positive response received through consultation on our plans to merge the two colleges.  We aim to take the above and all other issues raised into account in our future planning and we will continue to maintain a dialogue with learners, staff, employers and our communities to provide a clear mutual understanding that will help ensure long-term success for the merger. We look forward to a new era in further education when, from 1st August 2017, the plan is for the two colleges to combine to form the new college.