History at Coventry College

History has been made today in the City of Coventry with the official signing of the merger between Henley College Coventry and City College Coventry to create Coventry College. The two colleges have served the people of Coventry, in one guise or another, since the 1930s.

The Shadow Board members and Peter Brammall, the new College Principal and CEO, watched as the merger was officially signed.  The merger, recommended by the Government’s Area Review, has been carefully planned by the Governing Bodies and senior teams of both colleges, who have been working collaboratively over a number of months.
Peter said “This is an exciting new chapter for Further Education in Coventry as we create a larger and more resilient college.  I am looking forward to leading the new college and I will be working with our partners to develop a new  ‘Coventry curriculum’, which will provide exceptional education, high quality skills and training for our learners and meet the needs of our growing economy in the West Midlands”.

Maggie Galliers CBE, Chair of City College Coventry, who is stepping down after 5 years of overseeing the improvement at the college  said, “We are delighted that today the merger between City College Coventry and Henley College Coventry has taken place to create Coventry College. When we consulted our stakeholders and partners they strongly supported our proposals, recognising the difference the new college could make to the City. This endorsement, along with the commitment of our Boards, gave us the confidence to push ahead and complete the merger in a tight timescale.

“We are proud of the role further education plays in the lives of so many people and we firmly believe that we are creating a much stronger organisation through a larger and more resilient college, one that is well placed to play a leading role in shaping the skills agenda for Coventry”.

Jill Baker Chair of Governors Henley College Coventry who is also stepping down after 10 years of service said, “The new organisation will be more robust to deal with the challenges that the future will undoubtedly bring. The position of Further Education in the City will be strengthened and more able to support the development of new opportunities for the people of the City.”

“I wish the students, staff and Governors of the new college every success. I will watch its progress with more than a little interest. We wish the students, staff and Governors of the new college every success”