Merger Press Release Consultation & Dissolution notice

Highbury and Portsmouth Colleges are delighted to announce the launch of the public consultation on their proposed merger and the name change.

The planning to unite the two city colleges is progressing at pace to achieve the vision set out in the consultation of One City: One College. The proposed merger date is  01 August 2021 when the new college for the whole city comes into existence.

The proposed new name for the College is ‘City of Portsmouth College’ as a symbol of the unity we are seeking. Both colleges, the local authority, the University of Portsmouth, Shaping Portsmouth, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and both the city’s MPs are hugely supportive of the One City: One College vision and have all been involved in early discussions.

Portsmouth College and Highbury College believe this merger offers a unique opportunity to bring together two great complementary colleges to enhance the quality and choice of course for the learners in and around the city.
The new college will create key advantages for students, employers and the city itself by broadening the offer for students and apprentices of all ages.

It will enable a city-wide careers and course advice service, supporting the community in their lifelong learning choices. Employers will have the opportunity to influence the curriculum offer across the city and beyond, supporting the future workforce and economy. The union of the two colleges will support financial stability, enabling growth and development, and ensuring the new organisation is both sustainable and adaptable.

The character and strengths of each of the colleges will be carried forward into the new organisation. The individual campuses will have their own name and specialisms, so the needs of 6th Form, vocational, adult and high needs students, as well as apprentices can be met across the city.

At a time of rapid change in education, forming a cohesive city-wide organisation will enhance the city’s influence on local and national government policy, so further and higher technical education works well for a wide range of stakeholders.

Public Consultation Outcome Report

Many thanks to all those that took the time to respond to our consultation on the proposed merger between Portsmouth College and Highbury College that took place between 26th March and 28th April 2021.  Please click on this link to review the summary report.

Contact consultation@portsmouth-collage.ac.uk if you would like to receive a free copy of this report

Penny Wycherley, CEO Designate for the new college said:

“Achieving this vision for education in the city and embedding it in our work and our partnerships will support the City, its communities and its economy to grow and flourish in the post-Covid world.”

Simon Barrable, Principal Designate for the college believes that:

“The newly merged college offers a unique opportunity for the city to develop an institution that can meet the needs of 16-19 and adult learners alike. It will be large, financially strong and so able to offer an excellent educational experience and outcomes for all its students”.

Below you will find a link to the Consultation Document and the Frequently Asked Questions associated with the proposed merger. Click on the titles in red to access these documents. There is also a press release available to read here.

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