Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Estelle Morris, has
officially launched Coventry's new super-college formed from the
merger of two city colleges.
City College Coventry is the result of a merger between Tile Hill
College and Coventry Technical College.
City College Coventry, complete with new name and logo, will
cater for 20,000 students from throughout the Coventry and
Warwickshire region, placing it immediately in the top 5% throughout
the country in terms of size.
COVENTRY PRINCIPAL PAUL TAYLOR WITH EDUCATION SECRETARY
ESTELLE MORRIS, CITY COLLEGE COVENTRY CHAIR MARGARET BELL
AND LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE
CHAIR URSULA RUSSELL [left to right]
Principal of the new college, Paul Taylor, said :
“The creation of City College Coventry will ensure continued
excellent learning provision for students now and in the future,
helping to create a skilled workforce to meet the needs of 21st
“City College Coventry will be firstly aiming to become a
Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in the near future in
Passenger Vehicle Service, Construction, Automotive Engineering
and Performing and Creative Arts, highlighting the quality and
diversity of provision available.
“Working alongside the Learning and Skills Council for
Coventry and Warwickshire, local employers, schools and community
groups we will now be able to offer training and education that
meets the skills demands of this sub-region, helping to sustain
In the presence of over 300 invited guests, including former
pupils, City College Coventry was formally opened by Secretary of
State for Education, Estelle Morris and college principal Paul
Taylor, when a plaque was uncovered on the stage.
Estelle Morris said :
“It is exceptionally special for me to be here to open City
College Coventry as it was in this city that I first began my
“Coventry has always been at its best when it has faced up to
the need to change, and it has shown it is brave enough to make
that change, but this would not have been possible without
education at its heart.
“There are lots of risks that come with change, but this is
the opportunity to take this vision and turn it into a reality, as
City College Coventry is not just two colleges stuck together with
glue, it’s a rebirth.
“To progress we need to be in a society that is committed to
lifelong learning in a way that no previous generation has had to
do, further education is not an option now it is a necessity,
it’s at the core of everything this city wants to achieve for
“Everyone associated with both former colleges should be
proud of the history of both colleges, which you can take with
you, but the reason you will succeed is that you are equipped to
meet new needs in a new economy.”
Special guests included John Harwood, chief executive of the
Learning and Skills Council, City College chair Margaret Bell and
Ursula Russell, chair of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC)
Coventry and Warwickshire, the funding body for all learning at City
City College Coventry is the result of outcomes from
recommendations provided by the recent OFSTED Coventry 16-19 Area
Wide Inspection, which took place in July 2000, and the Strategic
Options Review, conducted by KPMG in September 2001.
City College was approved by the LSC Coventry and Warwickshire
Council, or board, late last year and was formally rubber-stamped by
Margaret Hodge, Secretary of State for Lifelong learning in December
Ursula Russell :
“The balloon launch was somewhat symbolic of the ability of
learners at City College, as they will all have the potential to
soar skywards and reach lofty goals.
“City College, alongside Henley College and Hereward College
will provide a truly powerful network of learning opportunities,
and the new college will ensure that the choice of learning in
Coventry is now wider than it ever was before.”
“The LSC are committed to improving the learning provision
for young people and adult learners alike, and City College
Coventry will help tremendously in helping to meet ambitious
national learning targets ahead of schedule.”