Merger Consultation

Havant & South Downs College and Alton College are exploring an exciting partnership, with plans to formally merge in March 2019. The joining of the Colleges will see two of Hampshire’s leading further education establishments build on existing strengths whilst providing even more opportunities for students. Serving the South and East Hampshire, the two Colleges are linked by the A3 corridor which means local businesses will have greater access to talent and students will have wider career pathways. 

If you have any questions about the proposed merger, please read our FAQs here.


Notice is hereby given by the Corporation of Alton College in accordance with the provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 as amended by the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and The Education Act 2011 (“the Act”) of the proposal that the Corporation of the Alton College of Old Odiham Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2LX be dissolved and the property, rights and liabilities of Alton College be transferred to Havant and South Downs College of South Downs Campus, College Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire, P078AA.    

The Corporation proposes dissolution in order that Alton College can merge with Havant and South Downs College. The merger of the Alton College and Havant and South Downs College is intended to create a larger more capable and resilient organisation where the best elements from the current colleges are combined, delivering consistently high quality teaching and improving the outcomes for students where each college retains a distinct campus and where identities are protected. 

Dissolution Consultation Final Report

Please read the Summary of the Responses following the Dissolution Consultation.

About the College

Alton College provides a broad range of further education courses, at Entry level, level 1, level 2, level 3 and a small amount of post level 3 courses. Courses are offered across a wide range of subject areas to students aged between 16-18 and 18 and over.

During 2017/18 Alton College provided education for 1375 full and part time students aged 16-18 and 68, 19+ students.

Further information about Alton College can be found at:  

What is happening?

To protect and secure the future delivery of high quality 16-18 education provided by Alton College, Alton College undertook a transparent and robust Structure and Prospects  Appraisal process during 2017/18 and decided, subject to the outcomes of consultation and due diligence, to merge with Havant and South Downs College.  

When will this happen?

1 March 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) 

What will happen to students at this time?

Courses currently advertised via the two sites colleges’ websites will continue to be offered at the locations advertised in September 2018..  

What are the arrangements for the transfer of the property, rights and liabilities of Alton College at the point of merger ?  

The property, rights and liabilities of Alton College immediately prior to its dissolution will be transferred to Havant and South Downs College.  

Further information about Havant and South Downs College can be found at 

Providing Your views:

A copy of the proposal and a consultation document relating to the proposal is available free of charge below, or by requesting a copy via email at and will be sent to any person who requests it. This consultation concerns Alton College of Old Odiham Road Alton Hampshire GU34 2LX .  

In accordance with the Act, consultation on the proposal will run from 1st of November to Monday 4 December 2018. All responses and representations must be made by Monday 4 December 2018.

What happens next?

A summary of the responses received within this consultation will be published within two months from the end of the consultation period and the summary will be available free of charge to anyone who requests it. 

Responses should be sent to Anna Bradshaw at


Please click here to complete the merger consultation survey.

Please click here to download the merger consultation document.