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North Shropshire College (NSC) merged with Herefordshire and Ludlow College (HLC) on 1st November 2018, supported by a government funding package provided by the Transactions Unit of the Education and Skills Funding Agency with the agreement of the Department of Education and Treasury.

The transition funding will support the long-term financial sustainability of NSC’s campuses at Oswestry and Walford, Baschurch. The substantial settlement will resolve NSC’s debt burden, fund a cost reduction programme and facilitate backlog maintenance work to enhance both campuses.

The new college, Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College will be governed by HLC’s board boosted by representatives from North Shropshire. HLC presently has a large vocational campus in Hereford city, a land-based campus and farm at Holme Lacy, near Hereford, a sixth form college at Ludlow, and its apprenticeship arm, County Training.

The newly created college will be able to offer a rich, diverse curriculum and training opportunities throughout Shropshire and Herefordshire. The larger £27 million institution will also benefit from economies of scale, reducing running costs so the highest possible proportion of its income will be directed to teaching and the support of students. This will be the largest college in the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area (Shropshire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin) – well positioned to lever further revenue and capital funds for the benefit of its 6,000 full-time-equivalent students and apprentices.

The outcome of the consultation responses were overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with 98% in support; the vast majority believe the merger will broadly deliver the benefits that were outlined in the consultation document, and most respondents agreed with the proposed new College’s name.

For more information, you can download the Merger Consultation Results Summary from the 'DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS' section of this page. This brief document details the results and provides a flavour of some of the comments, all of which have been considered during the deliberations about the merger. This valuable feedback will help to shape the future of the merged College.