King George V College

College Merger Complete

On the 31 January 2018, Southport College and King George V College officially merged. 

Following a period of consultation and preparation, the planned merger of the two Southport-based Colleges is now legally complete.

The merged College’s two sites will retain their well-established existing identities as Southport College and King George V College but will work together to share expertise and good practice and offer a comprehensive range of courses for the local community.  Under the leadership of one College Management Team and a Board of Governors , the merged College will continue to build on an already successful partnership, driving forward the merged College vision; “To create excellent, sustainable, post-16 education for Southport and surrounding areas”.

Principal, John Clarke said “Our combined College has over 4000 learners studying across two sites, on a range of courses from school leaver programmes through to Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Adult Learning provision.  Last year’s advanced level results place KGV College and Southport College amongst the top performing colleges in the country; an achievement we are committed to maintaining this academic year. We have also already seen a considerable increase in applications from school leavers to study at our two College centres, cementing our place as the educational provider of choice for our community.”

John Fell, Chair of Governors said “2017/18 has already been a great year for both Southport College and KGV College and we are looking forward to building upon this. Following a very positive recent Ofsted inspection at KGV College now is the right time to bring the two colleges together to work in partnership.  We are committed to providing an outstanding learning experience for our students and securing the future of high quality further and higher education for Southport and the surrounding area.”


Our Partnership - What it means for you

  • King George V College and Southport College are merging to become bigger and stronger, meaning they have more money to spend on education and investing in the buildings and facilities
  • KGV College and Southport College will keep their own names
  • Students will not need to travel between Colleges
  • KGV will remain Southport’s advanced level provider


If you have any further questions regarding our new partnership, please call us or complete our online enquiries form, we will be happy to help.

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