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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:Sam Parrett OBE



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

London and South East Education Group incorporates London South East Colleges, London South East Academies Trust, London South East Apprenticeship Company and London Skills for Growth. The leading provider of education in the region, the Group offers a range of qualifications, apprenticeships and educational support at all levels, working in partnership with local, regional and national employers.

London South East Colleges was formed in August 2016, following a merger between Bromley College, Bexley College and Greenwich Community College. Offering over 300 courses across eight campuses in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Orpington – from vocational training and apprenticeships through to degrees and professional qualifications – LSEC work with over 1000 employers, focusing on preparing students for fulfilling careers in a range of industries. Every curriculum on offer is developed with the support of employers, ensuring students learn skills wholly relevant to the real world, equipping them with the tools they need for career success, while meeting the needs of businesses.

London South East Academies Trust is a Multi Academy Trust, with seven schools currently under its umbrella. Offering Alternative and Special provision for young people across the region, the Trust works closely with mainstream schools, the Local Authority and parent/carers to help ensure students are well supported to succeed. The Trust aims to expand over the coming years, enabling it to offer even more specialist provision for young people across the region.

London South East Apprenticeship Company and London Skills for Growth recently joined forces to deliver high quality apprenticeship provision across the region. The two apprenticeship companies support around 800 apprentices in sectors ranging from engineering to marketing and construction. Building partnerships with employers in all sectors, they are working closely with them to help grow the number of apprentices within their businesses.

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London and South East Education Group

Name:Sam Parrett OBE

Title :London & South East Education Group CEO and Executive Principal of London South East Colleges

Sam Parrett OBE is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal of London South East Colleges. Formerly Principal of Bromley College of Further & Higher Education, in 2016 Sam led the country’s first three-way college merger with Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich to create London South East Colleges (LSEC). Since joining in 2010 she has led the College through a major strategic development and transformation programme and was awarded an OBE for services to further education in 2016.

Through the LSEC Apprenticeship Company the College operates a managing agency which delivers over 1500 apprenticeships. London Skills for Growth joined the Group in August 2016. Sam is also the CEO of London South East Academy Trust (LSEAT), a multi academy trust which supports a number of schools and academies in south east London, and is building a secondary free school that will open in 2019.

Sam is a board member of the Association of Employers and Learning Providers (AELP), a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Accountability and Regulation Strategic Advisory Committee, and the HEFCE Teaching Excellence & Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) and a fellow of Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Sam started her career in the learning and skills sector 25 years ago and has worked at City College Plymouth, Bracknell and Wokingham College, the Learning and Skills Council, and Training and Enterprise Council.