Easton and Otley College launches recruitment drive for new head

Mark Pendlington, chair of governors at Easton and Otley College. Picture: TIM GEORGE/ANGLIAN WATER

Mark Pendlington, chair of governors at Easton and Otley College. Picture: TIM GEORGE/ANGLIAN WATER - Credit: Archant

Easton and Otley College has launched a recruitment drive for an “educational superstar” to lead it.

The land college, which is set over two campuses - one in Suffolk and one in Norfolk - has faced a challenging year following a damning Ofsted report and the departure of David Henley its previous principal, in August.

An interim, acting principal Jane Townsend, was put in place and the leadership team has compiled a detailed plan to help improve grades and develop qualifications to better suit the needs of the industry.

“This is an opportunity to help shape the future of one of the largest land-based educational establishments in the UK. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for the right candidate,” said chair of governors Mark Pendlington.

“We have complete confidence in our ability to attract and recruit a dynamic, innovative and inspiring leader to set pulses racing, drive our recovery and make the region proud.


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“The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a passion that will help bring our plans for growth and development together with power and pace.

“The culmination of the (recruitment) process will see the employment of a permanent principal who will create a culture of creativity and innovation that inspires everyone who studies with us to be the best they can possibly be. We can’t wait to get started.”

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The process is expected to be completed by March 2017.

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