Transfer of K College provision under way

The break-up of K College is under way with governors confirming the transfer of provision to East Kent College and Hadlow College.

K College governors named East Kent College principal Graham Razey as principal-designate for the Dover and Folkestone campuses while Hadlow principal Paul Hannan will take on the West Kent and Ashford campuses. The 15,000 learner college, formed by a merger between West Kent College and South Kent College in 2010, was broken up after spiralling debts led interim principal Phil Frier to declare the merger had failed.

The governors’ announcement follows a year of uncertainty over the college’s future, which Ofsted claimed was damaging learners’ progress when it branded the college inadequate in November.

Mr Razey said: “The public perception attached to an inadequate rating is one which has to be overcome and we can only do that by demonstrating we are offering a good education.”

Mr Hannan said West Kent and Ashford campuses would be included in the Hadlow College Group, but each campus would retain an “individual brand and status”.

Mr Frier has stepped down and been replaced as chief accounting officer by Steve Hutchinson who will manage the transition to new provision, expected to be completed by July.