Southwark's troubled further education college is to merge with a Newcastle-based group this summer.
"The governors of Lewisham Southwark College are delighted the college will be joining NCG, ensuring that we can remain a local college but with national reach," said chairman Chris Bilsland.
"The college will have the benefit of access to a huge range of expertise in areas such as apprenticeships and higher education as well as further education.
"At the same time, joining a like-minded organisation with an Ofsted 'good' rating will support us in continuing to improve the quality of our provision."
Principal Carole Kitching – who joined Lewisham Southwark College from Newcastle College – added: "We will continue to determine our own curriculum in response to local need, with NCG's full backing for growth and development. the college will maintain a high degree of autonomy through the powers delegated to a local college board.
"NCG fully shares our commitment to putting learners and the community first and offers us a very strong and positive future."
The merger was opposed by Southwark Council. In its formal response to the merger consultation, the local authority said: "Southwark Council does not support a merger of Lewisham and Southwark College with the Newcastle College Group, as in the council's view the best interests of Southwark's learners are served by a local solution involving merger with another London provider."
At a recent Southwark cabinet meeting the council leader indicated that the LSBU tie-up with Lambeth College was likely to lead to some FE activity taking place in Southwark at LSBU's Elephant & Castle campus.
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