Further Education College Faces Insolvency

A struggling college has requested to be put into educational administration, in the first application of its kind.


The Hadlow Group, which runs Hadlow College in Kent, is being investigated over financial irregularities.


If the request is granted next week, the college - which has more than 2,000 students and 454 staff - would be the first in the UK to go through the new education insolvency regime.


A spokesman for Hadlow College said it was deemed "necessary".


'Business as usual'


The application follows a review of the college's finances by government agencies, which found "immediate financial challenges".


The Education Secretary applied to the High Court directly.


Interim principal Graham Morley was brought in following the resignations of the principal and deputy principal earlier in the year.


He said he wanted to "reassure" students, parents and staff that all courses would be continuing.


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