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Campaigners hail college merger cancellation

A last-minute intervention from the Government’s Department for Education has halted the proposed merger between Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC), and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. This means that the Wornington Road campus of KCC continues to operate as normal.

The Wornington Road site was sold by the college to Kensington and Chelsea College in 2016 for £25 million and there were plans to demolish the building and replace it with housing and a much smaller education facility. Those redevelopment plans have been put on hold by the council.

Local campaigners had fought hard against both the merger and redevelopment plans, and their campaign has been successful. Anne Milton MP, the Further Education minister, told the House of Commons that she would “make sure we get the right solution for this precious college, this valuable resource which has been around for many, many years.” Welcoming the decision, Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad referred to the Grenfell Tower tragedy when she told the Commons, “Our bereaved community needs its local education services.”

And with this good news about the college, now is a great time to think about taking a course there. There are two Open Days coming up at the Wornington Road site, one on Tuesday, March 6 and another on Tuesday, March 27, both from 4.15 to 7pm.

Available courses at KCC Wornington Road include a range of Art and Design courses such as Jewellery, Glass, Graphic Design and Interior Design. Courses are at BTEC Level 3, a qualification which can lead to employment or university entry.

For full details about these courses and others visit the KCC website.