Principal – Andrew Cropley

Stratford-upon-Avon College is forging ahead with its plans to secure a merger with a suitable partner. 

A favourable collaboration will ensure that the College continues to provide the best possible Further Education opportunities for the local community, and the three-stage process to secure the ideal partnership is now formally under way.

Following valuable input from its staff, students and external stakeholders, the College has drawn up a vision document which will form a key part of the assessment criteria for the merger proposals. It stresses the College’s commitment to maintaining its current identity and its role within the community by continuing to provide a broad Further Education curriculum on the site.

As always, the College’s main priorities are the interests of the students, staff and the wider local community. To ensure these interests are met, potential partners are asked as part of the process to demonstrate how they will develop their understanding of Stratford’s unique character and to commit to supporting local businesses and communities.

College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley is very optimistic about the future: “I am delighted that the College has been approached by a number of organisations keen to collaborate with us. Each potential partner would not only bring unique strengths to the merger, but has also already identified several benefits that a partnership would bring. We hope to be in a position to name our chosen partner before the end of May and I see a bright future ahead for a re-invigorated College.”

Meanwhile, the College’s message is that it’s business as usual; it is currently recruiting students and apprentices as normal, onto its full range of courses, ready to start a new academic year of teaching in September.

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.


About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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