Newbury College has announced the replacement for outgoing Principal, Anne Murdoch, who is retiring in February 2018 after 17 years in post. Currently the Deputy Principal at Farnborough College of Technology, Iain Wolloff will join the College on 1st February and take over as Principal on 10th February when Anne officially retires.
Commenting on the appointment, Corporation Chair, Geoff Knappett, said: “Governors, staff and students were all involved in the selection process, and we were fortunate enough to have a high number of strong applicants to choose from – a testimony to the excellent reputation Newbury College has in further education circles. Anne will be a tough act to follow, but we are confident that Iain has the experience and skills necessary to continue the College’s upward path to outstanding.”
Farnborough College of Technology is an outstanding institution and has been in the top 10% of all colleges nationally for the last seven years. In his role as Deputy, Iain has been instrumental in all aspects of quality improvement and established the University Centre at the College, which offers 43 foundation and honour degrees in a range of subject areas.
Newbury College, which was confirmed as a ‘Good College’ by Ofsted in May this year, plans to open a new primary school – Highwood Copse – in 2019.
“I am delighted to be joining Newbury College at such an exciting time,” said Iain. “After the recent inspection confirmed the high quality of the College’s work, I look forward to working alongside the fantastic students, staff and governors to continue the success story.”
Iain holds a first degree in social science and postgraduate degrees in Politics, Teaching and Management. He began his career in child protection and has taught at Havering College in East London and worked as a curriculum manager at Bromley College in South London. He joins Newbury College having gained extensive experience as Deputy Principal at Farnborough College. Once an enthusiastic rugby and hockey player, Iain now keeps fit by running.
We are delighted to announce that the student governor for the 17-18 academic year is Hazel Cassel.
The role of the student governor is to ensure that the students have a voice on the corporation board and also to chair the student council.
Hazel is on the first year of her Level 3 Child Care course and attends College three days a week (Tue, Wed and Fri) and a work placement in Thatcham for the other two. Hazel previously attended Newbury College as a Public Service student a few years ago and has returned to retrain so that she can go on to university and become a family support worker.
Already a student ambassador with responsibility for anti-bullying, Hazel is keen and enthusiastic about her new role. Her particular passion is student mental health and well-being, and she hopes that she can help promote awareness of these matters at board level.
Teachers Sandrine Martinelli, of the Lycée Le Gué á Tresmes near Paris, and Florian Von Helden, from the Julius-Wegeler-Schule in Koblenz, were visiting Newbury College as part of an International Study Programme to find out about British education.
During her visit Sandrine mentioned that one of her former Catering and Hospitality students was now working at the locally renowned restaurant and cookery school, The Woodspeen. Today, we invited André Marchand to join Sandrine and Florian for lunch in our very own training restaurant.
When asked about his visit, André said that the food was very good and that he was impressed with the setup of the training kitchen. The Catering and Hospitality team at Newbury College are now hoping to extend their international relations by exploring the possibility of exchange visits for students.
If you are thinking about your options after year 11, why not attend our Open Event on Tuesday 07 November between 4-8pm? Newbury College is opening its doors and inviting prospective students and their parents to come and explore; speak to staff members, take part in activities, tour the facilities and submit an application for next September. Pick up a copy of our new prospectus.
Current students will be on hand, as will the impartial information, advice and guidance team to offer help to those who are unsure about what to do next.
Test your reaction skills on a Batak, solve a crime in our science lab, see the potter’s wheel in action or have your nails painted and hair put up.
Adults looking for development opportunities can come and discuss the professional and community learning courses available during the year.
Entry could not be easier, simply register your place here.