Otley: College principal Philip Winfield plans move into coaching

THE principal at one of Suffolk’s largest educational establishments is retiring after eight years.

Philip Winfield has been in charge of Otley College since March 2004, and is moving on to follow his love of water-based sports, coaching youngsters for the Royal Yachting Association.

During his time at Otley, he has seen the college undergo major developments and increasing student numbers.

From the opening of a state of the art equine centre by HRH The Princess Royal in April 2006 to Otley being a founding member of University Campus Suffolk.

Philip said: “It has been a privilege to work at Otley and I would like to thank staff and students for their support. It truly has been an honour.

“There have been many highlights during the last eight years. But seeing students achieve is why we are here.

“So when we find out the success stories of students setting up businesses, or gaining employment or continuing with their studies – that is a highlight you can’t put a price on.”

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Philip’s retirement coincides with the beginning of a new era at Otley, as it joins forces with Easton College and becomes Easton and Otley College, under new principal David Lawrence.