Principal moving to the south

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THE head of the city’s biggest college is set for pastures new.

Sunderland College, which has 9,000 students studying at its four sixth forms and two vocational centres and employs about 800 staff, has announced that principal Angela O’Donoghue will leave at the end of this academic year.

Angela, who is giving up her post after six years at the helm, will take up the principalship of a college in the south.

She said she has enjoyed her time in Sunderland immensely, both in personal terms and in the success of the college under her leadership.

“I am leaving the college in great financial shape and at a time when the quality of courses on offer, teaching, learning, student experience and results are a fantastic endorsement of Sunderland and its young people.

“We will be recruiting in the next few weeks to find my replacement, and the board fully expects to attract a really good field of candidates to take the college into the future.”

The college also announced it is investing in a multimillion- pound IT system to help shape the way its students learn.

Almost 700 new terminals and a wireless network will be introduced across all five campuses.

The principal said: “Computer technology is at the forefront of innovative teaching and this upgrade is giving us the systems to support learning in the 21st century.”