Bracknell and Wokingham College will be merging with another education group at the start of the academic year.

Activate Learning group and Bracknell and Wokingham College will merge in hope of bringing greater benefit to the communities of Bracknell, Wokingham and surrounding areas. 

Bracknell & Wokingham College will join with Reading College, City of Oxford College and Banbury and Bicester College within Activate Learning from August 2018 subject to a programme of public consultation and due diligence.

David Cook, chairman of governors at Bracknell & Wokingham College, said: “Working together Activate Learning and Bracknell 
and Wokingham College will see great benefit delivered to the communities of Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading.

"There is much to be done before the benefits of the merged institution can start to be delivered, including public consultation and due diligence".

The colleges hope to complete the merger by August 1 2018 to coincide with the start of the new academic year.

Chris Jones, chairman of governors at Activate Learning, said: “This is great news for our learners, staff, businesses and local communities in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. 

"Working together we will give our learners a wider range of career pathways, give local businesses greater access to talent, provide greater opportunities for our staff and build a group of colleges that are stronger together and even greater assets to our communities.”