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Principal appointed for new sixth form college
A PRINCIPAL has been appointed to head Salisbury Sixth Form College.
The college’s trustees have announced that Simon Firth is to take up the post from January 1.
Mr Firth has more than 20 years’ experience in secondary education and was originally an economics teacher.
He was involved in the setting up of new sixth form provision in Tower Hamlets, in London.
Currently living in Hampshire with his family, Mr Firth has a passion for rugby, which he is keen to pass on to his two young sons.
He said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people in the Salisbury area and I am delighted to be taking on the leadership. I have already enjoyed meeting some of the young people who are applying to start in September 2014 and look forward to working with them to provide outstanding sixth form education.”
Neil Owen, chairman of trustees commented: “We are very pleased with the appointment of Simon Firth as Principal. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which is absolutely in line with our vision for Salisbury Sixth Form College. We look forward to introducing him at our Open Evening at The Guildhall on Wednesday, November 6.”
Mr Firth, along with the trustees and wider team working towards the opening of Salisbury Sixth Form College next September, will be addressing parents and prospective students at the open evening. The event runs from 4pm until 7pm, with a formal presentation at 6pm.
The sixth form college – which is separate from the UTC and Wiltshire College – is set to open in September 2014 and will offer A-level courses for 400 students. A search is currently under way to find a site for the college in the city centre, although it may open in temporary classrooms while conversion work is carried out.
The idea for the college came from a group of parents with the support of the three Laverstock secondary schools, Wyvern College, St Edmund’s and St Joseph’s.
They have applied for funding under the free schools initiative and have been supported by the New Schools Network (NSN) development programme, which supports bids where pupils are at a risk of educational disadvantage due to the lack of provision.
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