FOUR college groups have made bids for Stratford College.
Representatives from each gave a presentation to the current board of governors, the FE Commissioner, and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) last Monday, with a decision due to be announced next month.
Andrew Cropley, interim principal and chief executive, told the Herald: “We are very pleased to have real choice from some strong potential merger partners, all of whom have recognised the clear benefits of a merger with Stratford College.
“Our campus environment and staff expertise have impressed the candidate organisations, as well as our robust recruitment figures ahead of September enrolment.
“We have some very exciting options and a real choice to make. “We have been advised to delay an announcement until after the General Election, but governors will use this time to ensure that they make the best choice for the community, the college, and our students.”
Stratford College has been forced into a merger after admitting in February that it had run out of money. The financial collapse saw previous principal and chief executive, Nicola Mannock, forced out, and a subsequent report blamed her ‘over optimistic financial forecasting’ that had gone ‘unchallenged by both the board of governors and the senior management team’.
Mrs Mannock currently lists herself as retired on business networking website LinkedIn.