New college principal vows to raise standards

Suzanne Duncan principal of East Durham College with, sixth form students. Picture by Frank Reid

Suzanne Duncan principal of East Durham College with, sixth form students. Picture by Frank Reid

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THE new principal of East Durham College says she wants teaching at the college to be more than just good – it needs to be “exceptional”.

Suzanne Duncan has returned to the Peterlee-based centre, having first worked for the organisation from 2003 to 2007 as its assistant principal for quality.

The 41-year-old mother-of-two said it was great to be back to see familiar faces after moving from Sunderland College.

Suzanne is also an Ofsted inspector, so knows how important it is to raise standards.

“Making the college go in the right direction from an Ofsted point of view is really what I love to do,” she added.

She has a real focus on improving high grades and making sure students progress in the right direction and she said the best part of life at East Durham College is its annual student awards, where learners really shine.

“The reason I came back here is because there’s a really great sense of a team here.

“There are no barriers and people genuinely want to do a good job for students.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how we can move it on even further in this fantastic new building, which has massive community benefits.”

She said her three-year strategy focuses on making teaching “exceptional” and making every single lesson the best it can be and although the college is operating in a tough Ofsted framework, she sees that as an opportunity rather than a challenge.

“I’m really excited about the future. There are lots of opportunities for the college and we are well-placed to take advantage of them.”