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Posted: 18/12/09

Tim leaves to take on Darlington's top job

West Nottinghamshire College has said a fond farewell to deputy principal Tim Grant, who has left to become principal of Darlington College.

Tim joined the college in September 2006 and played a key role in many of its recent successes and achievements including its grade 1 ‘outstanding’ Ofsted result in July 2008 and Beacon college status in January this year.

He was also part of the team that spearheaded the college’s £8.1 million Construction and Logistics Skills Academy at Station Park, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and its Ashfield Centre that provides vocational programmes for teenagers that would not otherwise be in education, employment or training.

Tim left the college today (Friday, 18 December) and takes up his new post on 4 January 2010.

He said: “I’m very excited by the challenges facing me in my new role as principal of Darlington College and, at the same time, very sad to leave West Nottinghamshire College. The staff and students here are outstanding and I’ve learnt a huge amount working as deputy principal.

“I’m particularly proud of the college’s outstanding Ofsted result, the development of the Ashfield Centre that successfully re-engages young learners and the opening of the world-class Construction and Logistics Academy.

“The college goes from strength to strength and I’m proud to have contributed to its recent success”.

Two deputy principal roles have been created following a re-structure of the college’s management team, following Tim’s departure. The college’s director of curriculum and standards, Tricia Harman, becomes deputy principal with responsibility for teaching and learning, while finance director Andrew Martin takes on the other deputy principal role while retaining his financial management responsibilities.

Principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE said: “Tim has been an exceptional deputy to me and I know he will go on to make a fine principal. He’s been instrumental in us becoming the successful college we are today and I wish him every success in the future.

“At the same time I’m excited that in Tricia and Andrew we have the talent and drive to take the college forward into what promises to be a challenging yet exciting future.”