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PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on the proposed merger of two colleges.

A consultation is running about whether Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College should join up.

A statement from South Downs says: ‘South Downs College and Havant Sixth Form College are currently exploring an exciting new partnership through the proposed merger of the two institutions.

‘The purpose of this merger would be to deliver our joint vision to develop outstanding further education provision to better meet the need of our communities, employers and residents for high quality education.

‘A key stage in the merger process is to seek the views of all key stakeholders so we very much want to hear your thoughts about our proposals.’

Consultees are asked to fill in a questionnaire.

South Downs has around 6,000 full and part-time students while Havant has 1,100.

The colleges have indicated each campus will continue to deliver A-levels for the foreseeable future and no courses will be changed mid-term. Havant was recently given a glowing report by Ofsted, with one of the only criticisms being about apprenticeships.

South Downs excels at vocational studies, which make up almost half of the courses on offer.

The deadline for responses is March 31.

To make a comment visit southdowns.ac.uk/consultation.