Our History

Our History

Bromley College of Further & Higher Education was founded in 1959 – and has been helping to shape people’s lives and careers ever since.

In 2011, the College merged with Orpington College to offer a wider range of educational provision across the area.

Then on 1 August 2016, Bexley College and Greenwich Community College joined forces with Bromley College to create London South East Colleges.*

Timeline

  • 1907 – Bexley College opens as ‘Erith Technical Institute’
  • 1921 – Woolwich College of Further Education opens
  • 1959 – Bromley College is founded
  • 1971 – A new campus is built in Belvedere (which will later become Bexley College)
  • 1972 – Orpington College opens, housed in the tallest tower block in Orpington
  • 1993 – The Belvedere college campus becomes Bexley College
  • 1998 – Woolwich College merges with Greenwich Community College to deliver a range of FE and Adult & Community learning courses
  • 2008 – Orpington College tower block undergoes a £26m overhaul
  • 2011 – Orpington College merges with Bromley College
  • 2014 – A new Bexley College campus opens in Erith town centre (the Belvedere site closed)
  • 2014 – Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College, plus a student-led restaurant (BR6) opens in Orpington
  • 2014 – Bromley College creates Bromley Educational Trust (a multi-academy trust) to bring together a number of specialist, vocational and mainstream schools
  • 2016 –  On 1 August Bexley College and Greenwich Community College merge with Bromley College to become London South East Colleges
  • 2017 – In July the charity Skills for Growth became part of London South East Colleges
  • 2017 – In September Bromley Educational Trust was renamed as London South East Academies Trust

*London South East Colleges is the trading name of Bromley College of Further and Higher Education

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