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London & 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

London & South East Education Group

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 & South East Education Group

Name:Dr Sam Parrett OBE

Title :Group Principal and CEO

Dr Sam Parrett OBE is the Group Principal and CEO of London & South East Education Group.
Sam was appointed Principal of Bromley College in 2010, overseeing a merger with Orpington College the following year. Then, in 2016, she led the country’s first three-way college merger, bringing together Bromley College, Bexley College and Greenwich Community College to form London South East Colleges, which now has over 13,000 students, c1,300 staff and a total group turnover of around £70m.
Strong progression into college has been supported by Sam’s successful establishment of a multi-academy trust which includes eight alternative, special and mainstream schools.
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 an apprenticeship provider, 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, as well as a Vice-Chair of the Mixed Economy Group (MEG). She was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in 2016 and achieved her Doctoral Degree in Education in 2019. Following this, Sam became a National Leader of Further Education (NLFE), one of just eleven in the country, and was appointed as an advisor to the Disabled Students’ Commission – a new independent group, set up to support disabled students.