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The Leeds College Merger

On 1st April 2009, Leeds City College was formed following the merger of three of the city’s renowned colleges – Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley.

The aim of the merger was to raise achievement levels in Leeds and Keighley, offer more courses to suit the needs of everyone from school leavers to employers, and enhance teaching facilities to be among the best in the country.

Each of the legacy colleges shared core provision – from teaching basic skills through to employer engagement – and Leeds City College continues to build on the strengths of its legacy colleges, which had an established history of providing learning opportunities for all.

By merging, Leeds City College brings specialist provision in a number of key areas under one roof: hospitality & culinary arts, electrical & engineering crafts and computing, business training courses, and trade/construction programmes.

Merger with Joseph Priestley College

On 1 August 2011, the merger between Joseph Priestley College and Leeds City College became a reality following official confirmation from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and subsequently from Minister of State, John Hayes. The Joseph Priestley Corporation wasdissolved with all undertakings transferred to Leeds City College.

Strategic Alliance with Leeds College of Music

On 1 August 2011, Leeds College of Music also became a wholly owned subsidiary of Leeds City College in a relationship which offers a number of benefits to both colleges as well as students in the city. As a result of this strategic alliance, Leeds College of Music is constituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status, retaining its name, brand and purpose built premises in the city’s Quarry Hill arts quarter.

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