A NEW principal is planning to steer Sunderland College through exciting times.
Anne Isherwood will join the college early in 2013 and plans to focus on building upon its core strength of providing quality teaching and learning.
One of Anne’s first tasks will be to oversee a major redevelopment programme, which includes a £24million investment to upgrade facilities at its Hylton and Washington campuses, with the addition of state-of-the-art sports and arts academies at its Bede campus.
Anne is also interested in expanding links with the business community, ensuring that the skills and courses on offer at the college meet the needs of employers and offer students the best chance to gain employment when they progress.
As principal, Anne says she aims to cement the college’s place at the heart of the community in Sunderland, making its facilities and courses accessible to a wide range of local people.
She said: “I believe very strongly that a further education college should be about much more than providing students with practical skills.
“We should also be providing them with the opportunity to develop their employability skills, such as their work ethic and social skills, as well as developing an entrepreneurial approach to their work.
“I want to ensure that we have strategies in place to improve our partnership working with schools, other key stakeholders and employers to achieve this.”
Anne moves from Bishop Auckland College where she was principal and chief executive.
Under her leadership, the college was dubbed good by Ofsted and inspectors said she had created a culture that raised expectations of staff and students.
Ian Forster, chairman of governors at Sunderland College, said: “Anne’s experience and ambition for the future of Sunderland College was just what we were looking for.
“We are confident that in Anne we have the right person to lead us through these exciting, yet challenging times.
“This will ensure we have a college that continues to provide a quality education for our students and customers like no other in the region.”