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London and South East Education Group

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Education

Business Activities:Multi-Academy Trust, Further and Higher Education Colleges

Business Location:Schools and College campuses situated in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Orpington

Chief Executive:Dr Sam Parrett OBE



Legal structure:Further & Higher Education College, Independent Training Provider and a Multi-Academy Trust

The leading provider of education across the region, London and South East Education Group incorporates London South East Colleges, London South East Academies Trust and London Skills for Growth.

It operates at the heart of the communities of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich, offering a wide range of qualifications, apprenticeships and educational support at all levels. Focussed on preparing students for exciting and fulfilling careers, the group works with over 1000 local, regional and national employers who help design and deliver every college curriculum.

It operates as a social enterprise – investing funds and working with other organisations to support and develop our local communities. By delivering a wide range of high quality educational pathways, supporting aspiration and social mobility, people’s life chances are improved.

With seven schools and eight college campuses, including the University Centre, students are supported to progress and achieve their ambitions.

London South East Colleges, formed in 2016 following the country’s first three-way college merger, was recently rated as ‘Good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted. From Level 1 vocational courses and apprenticeships through to degrees, it helps students to choose the right route to their chosen career, offering many progression opportunities, high quality teaching, outstanding facilities and a pioneering career advantage scheme for all students.

London South East Academies Trust currently has seven schools under its umbrella, and plans to expand further over the next few years. Offering mainstream, alternative and special provision for young people across the region, the schools work closely with the local authorities, neighbouring schools and parents/carers to support children with a wide variety of needs.

The group also provides high quality apprenticeships and traineeships through London Skills for Growth. Supporting 16-24 year olds into work, this charity helps young people develop their skills, become work ready and achieve their career ambitions.

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London and South East Education Group

Name:Dr Sam Parrett OBE

Title :CEO

Dr Sam Parrett OBE is the CEO of London & South East Education Group. Appointed Principal of Bromley College in 2010, Sam oversaw its first merger with Orpington College in 2011. In 2013, the College set up a new multi-academy trust, incorporating four special and alternative provision schools in the Borough.

Following this success, Sam went on to lead the College through the country’s first three-way college merger with Bexley College and Greenwich Community College – creating London South East Colleges in August 2016.

London & South East Colleges Group, headed up by Sam, was established in 2017 as the overarching organisation encompassing London South East Colleges, London South East Academies Trust and London Skills for Growth.

Sam started her career in the HR sector. She then managed a training provider and worked for a funding agency before joining the FE sector in 1997. She took up posts in three colleges before being appointed Principal at Bromley in 2010.

Sam is a fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of the RSA and Advance HE. She was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in 2016 and achieved her Doctoral Degree in Education in 2019.