Totton College appoints new principal. Out of the frying pan & into the fire?


Maxine Room ex of The troubled Lewisham & Southwark colleges appointed new Principal.

The troubled Totton College was merged with the social justice charity NACRO following a period of turmoil in 2015/16.

Lisa Capper, director of education at Nacro, said she was “delighted to welcome Maxine to the team”.

Former Principal Resigns.

She praised the work of the former Principal Mr Headrige has done since he took over, and said Totton College “has improved its Ofsted rating and results and has introduced a number of high-quality technical courses and apprenticeships to match the needs of the local community and industry demands”.

A spokesperson insisted the resignation was not connected to the college’s recent Ofsted inspection, in which it improved by just one grade to ‘requires improvement’ in July, and said he was leaving to take a “promotion to a new role within the education and training sector”.

The college joined Nacro in the wake of an ‘inadequate’ across-the-board Ofsted rating in April 2015, amid concerns over its financial situation.

NACRO uses skills and training to reduce crime and re offending in English and Welsh communities. That merger went ahead in December 2015, and was followed by a period of turmoil as the college consulted on a restructuring plan that threatened jobs. It was during this time that Mr Headrige, the former group academy dean at BMW, took over as campus principal.

A return visit by the education watchdog in June resulted in the college receiving a grade three across the board.

“Since the transfer of ownership to Nacro in December 2015, the pace of change has been slow,” noted the inspection report.

Since leaving Lewisham & Southwark Ms Room has been working in a variety of consultancy roles.




Originally posted 2017-10-04 18:04:38.