“I am writing to notify you of some changes to our Forest of Dean estate ahead of September 2015 and to clarify Gloucestershire College’s position at Five Acres in the short term.

We would like potential students to apply to study at Gloucestershire College in the Forest of Dean with confidence, so I am pleased to be able to confirm that all students starting a course with us this September, will complete their course at Five Acres – if we do relocate to the Cinderford Northern Quarter, the earliest that would happen is September 2017. I hope to be able to clarify the College’s long term plans in the coming weeks, but at this stage I am to able assure you that the College is committed to protecting further education provision in the Forest of Dean; this means that if we are unable to relocate to Cinderford, it is our intention to remain at Five Acres.

In relation to this, I’d like to share with you some changes that will be made to the Royal Forest of Dean Campus at Five Acres this summer, including:

  • Construction and Building Services provision will move from Mitcheldean to the RFD Campus at Five Acres (Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical Installation, Plumbing)
  • New English and Maths Zones
  • New professional catering resources
  • Four new art studio spaces

From September 2015, Construction and Building Services courses will be delivered at our main Forest of Dean campus in newly created purpose built workshops. This investment will mean that Construction and Building Services students will now be able benefit from a more inclusive further education environment and everything that encompasses; from excellent catering facilities, sports and social clubs and the Students’ Union, to library facilities and improved access to both English and Maths support and general learning support – this is fantastic news, and the plans were very well received at last night’s Forest Campus open evening.

We are combining the two sites we have in the Forest of Dean this September to not only reduce annual operating costs, but to provide an improved experience for all of our students studying in the Forest of Dean. The downside to us relocating this provision, is that with regret, we are unable to accommodate Motor Vehicle courses at the Five Acres site due to the significant costs involved. Motor Vehicle courses will continue to be delivered from our excellent facilities at our Gloucester Campus.”


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