North East London now has one of the country’s largest further education colleges after a merger between CONEL and Enfield College received the green light from government.

The ministerial approval means that the Colleges will officially become one on August 1, under the new name of The College of Haringey Enfield and North East London.

Paul Head, Principal and Chief Executive of CONEL, will be the principal of the new College. Welcoming the official notification, he said: “As the Principal of the merged College I am delighted with the decision to approve our proposal, and I am excited by what lies ahead. This merger creates a College for the future of the Upper Lea Valley – a College that will meet the needs of our local communities and employers.”

“Our new College is set to offer learners increased choice and opportunity through its innovative and comprehensive mix of education and training. In the months ahead both college communities will work closely together to create one unified College for the future and we look forward to keeping you informed of progress.”

The merger was first proposed at the end of 2008, and has been the subject of an official consultation period. The notification of approval came from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

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