College merger given green light

PUBLISHED: 17:53 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

Following approval from the Secretary of State for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, North and East Devon Colleges will be officially merged from August 1.

Following approval from the Secretary of State for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, North and East Devon Colleges will be officially merged from August 1.David Dodd, Principal of the merged institution, said: "Whilst we will maximise the benefits of working closely together, the two colleges will retain their unique identities and continue to offer their unique learner experiences. "This is a great time for the people of this area, we have great plans for the future, both in terms of developing the courses we offer and the buildings our students use. "East Devon College will retain its name and continue to deliver its courses, with its staff in its current locations, albeit within North Devon College's quality systems."As well as maintaining and developing exciting learning opportunities for all in exciting learning environments, we are also going to expand the college's role in cultural and social development in the community. This will involve learning for fun and pleasure as well as hosting and stimulating a whole range of cultural and social activities including theatre, performing arts, cuisine and exhibitions."East Devon College has recently opened its £6 million new build and North Devon College is looking forward to its proposed relocation, both ensuring the very best of facilities for students and the community. This is an extremely exciting time for both College's and their communities."We will become an 'Outstanding College at the Heart of an Outstanding Learning Community - Economically, Culturally and Socially'."Clare Haworth, Learner Support Team Leader at East Devon College, said: "A rare and special opportunity is secured as a result of East Devon College's merger with the Grade 1 outstanding North Devon College. This paves the way to establish a superb educational establishment at the heart of the Mid Devon community. We have the capability now to provide a centre of excellence which Tiverton and it's surrounds so well deserves."Charlotte Squire, graphic designer at East Devon College, commented: "I'm very excited to move forward with the merger. I know it will be a positive step for East Devon College and we can all look towards the future, bringing together the best of both to create one force to be reckoned with." Catering and Hospitality student Kim Cooper, 17, from Tiverton said "I think this will be great for the students. It's a really positive move for East Devon College and it will make the whole student experience better and our standards will improve. From my point of view, the two colleges joining forces makes me feel even more confident about being a student here".

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