KIDDERMINSTER Academy is set to close in September following a review by the FE Commissioner.

Birmingham Metropolitan College have confirmed the closure of the Kidderminster Academy campus in Weaver's Wharf, and that current students will be transferred to other centres to complete their studies next academic year.

It has been confirmed that those studying fashion, media, games design and textiles at the academy will move to the Art and Design Centre at Brierley Hill with Dudley College of Technology.

Students on hair and makeup, hospitality and animal care courses will transfer to Kidderminster College.

In a statement, BMet said: “We are committed to ensuring that students at the academy are able to continue with their studies and have put arrangements in place for this to happen.”

The news comes after an eight-week review into BMet’s Black Country provision, which resulted in other announcements that Stourbridge College will close, and the landmark Hagley Road campus will be sold off.

BMet, which runs the skills and entrepreneurial centre, reviewed its education provision in Kidderminster at the request of the FE Commissioner and Education and Skills Funding Agency - just months after being hit with a third 'requires improvement' rating by Ofsted.

Back in February Andy Dobson, principal at Kidderminster College said they offered their "full support" in helping to deal with the situation facing Bmet, and that they would increase their capacity.

Also in February, Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier said: "I am deeply concerned about the situation, but it is not entirely surprising that this has happened. The academy has never been a huge success an they never reached the targets that they wanted.

"The priority is seeing if we can get provision for the academy students."

Bmet also runs a Football Academy in association with Kidderminster Harriers Football Club which gives sporting students chance to develop their football skills and achieve a recognised sports qualification.

An event will be held on Saturday, May 11 between 10am and 2pm at Stourbridge College and the Art and Design Centre, where students will have a chance to ask questions and to find out more.