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PRESS RELEASE

EMBARGO: MONDAY 3RD JULY 2017


Epping Forest College and Barnet & Southgate College announce their intention to
commence formal collaboration and partnership.
Epping Forest College and Barnet and Southgate College David Byrne, the CEO and Principal of Barnet and
have announced that they are starting a process to Southgate said: We are delighted to have been chosen
formally collaborate strategically with a view to improve asthe preferred partner to support Epping Forest College
and enhance their ability to respond to the aspirations and with its challenges. There is clear evidence of improvement
needs of learners and of the specialist industries that both made under the new leadership of the College and we are
colleges serve. looking forward to establish ways to provide an improved
and enhanced offer for learners and employers alike.
Gagan Mohindra, Chairman of the Board of Governors
Weare committed to the local communities we serve and
at Epping Forest College said: Epping Forest College is
look forward to working with Epping Forest College to
well on its way with its plans to improve the quality of our
implement new strategies and develop more significant
learners experience and achievement. Our ambition is to
solutions for the long-term benefit of learners.
develop and build upon our current strengths and better
enable our institution to meet the economic and social Epping Forest College received an inadequate Ofsted
challenges that London, the local boroughs and the wider grading in November 2016 and has been receiving
region face. We aspire to have high quality and excellent support from the EFSA intervention team and the FE
provision that is valued by our learners and is responsive Commissioner and his team. The College has gone through
to the needs of employers. Our focus remains firmly on significant change in its leadership and governance since
achieving outstanding results for our learners. We firmly last year. The newly appointed Principal and senior team
believe that formal collaboration and strategic partnership with the support and guidance from the newly formed
with a robust institution such as Barnet and Southgate Board of Governors have established an ambitious vision
College will expedite our efforts and strengthen our for the College and its role in the region. Leadersand
chances to maximise the potential of the Epping Forest managers of the College have successfully created a
College community. culture of high expectations for all and take pride in
their efforts to address the shortcomings identified in
Ann Zinkin, Chair of Barnet and Southgate College said:
the Ofsted report. The recent re-inspection monitoring
We are very aware of the challenges that the sector faces
visit and FE Commissioners stocktake report highlight
and are delighted to announce our intention to formally
the significant improvements that have been made at
collaborate with Epping Forest College which provides
the College under the new initiatives and the College is
aunique and pivotal opportunity in helping to implement
responding swiftly and decisively to the challenges ahead.
the core strategies for employment, skills and technical
professional education for both institutions. We know that Barnet and Southgate College serves over 14,300 learners
through open and transparent partnership, we will be able across the north and east of London. The College is rated
to realise an established sustainable and enriched future by Ofsted as good with above average achievement
for the education in north and east of London. rates in all age categories. With a strong focus on learner
success and a high level of responsiveness to employers
Saboohi Famili, the CEO and Principal of Epping Forest
needs in the local and regional community, Barnet and
College said: I am delighted for this opportunity to
Southgate is a well-established and well-regarded FE and
strategically collaborate with Barnet and Southgate
HE provider in close proximity to Epping Forest College.
College. This formal partnership will ensure that we can
Bothorganisations hold a range of externally accredited
work together, plan together and develop a more robust
quality marks such as Matrix, Investors in People and
and diverse range of provision for the communities we
Investors in Diversity.
serve. Barnet and Southgate is a strong and well respected
College with successful experience of systematic
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improvement and a proven approach. I have no doubt that
we can learn a great deal from one another and build upon
our strengths.