College head to step down from post

By Ian Dipple Friday 31 January 2014 Updated: 31/01 10:02

Latest News

Buy photos » John Callaghan is set to leave NEW College this summer (s).

THE HEAD of NEW College has announced he is to leave his post later this year.

John Callaghan will stand down as principal of the college in June to take over the reins at nearby Solihull College.

Mr Callaghan has spent four and a half years in charge at NEW College which has campuses in both Redditch and Bromsgrove. Over that time £10million has been invested into improving the college’s facilities including the development of a higher education centre at Osprey House off Albert Street in Redditch and the expansion of the motor vehicle centre and media studio at Bromsgrove.

Success rates have also increased by 12 per cent over the last three years.

His departure comes at a time of uncertainty behind the scenes for the college which is going through the process of a merger with Worcester College of Technology into a much larger organisation, which is likely to be known as Worcestershire College.

But Mr Callaghan said the merger was not a major factor in his decision and he was leaving the college in a strong position for the future.

“When I picked it up the banking crisis had happened and we’d had a decade of very good funding in education and a lot of money was available for capital schemes and then suddenly we had to face the cuts,” he said.

“We are in the process of creating a much bigger Worcestershire College and I’d like to leave a legacy of being in a very strong position to take advantage of that.

“I will miss it, I’ve put a lot of my heart and soul in here so there’s an emotional attachment there as well.

“Over the last few years there’s been a very significant upturn in our fortunes in terms of finance and quality and it’s the staff that have done that not me, they have supported me and allowed me to lead them to create an improved college and I am certain that will continue.”

Share This

Popular »

1 Commuters back on track with railway opening

2 Men charged with ram raid on Redditch business

3 Surprise at 'u-turn' on Asda bid

4 Miracle baby's name inspired by hospital

5 Disc-over a bargain

More news »

Couple robbed in their Wythall home by armed raiders

A COUPLE were robbed in their own home

New centres to support community

A PIONEERING way of providing support to the

Norovirus affects Alex

PEOPLE are being asked to avoid visiting patients

New Year is galloping in

AN EXPLOSION of colour and dance is set

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Commuters back on track with railway opening

RAIL commuters were back on track this morning (Monday) after ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Vulnerable 20-year-old missing from Henley

A VULNERABLE 20-year-old has been missing from Henley since Thusday ...

Evesham Observer
Unprovoked assault on Vale jogger

WITNESSES are being sought following an unprovoked assault on a ...