New College Stamford principal April Carol on ‘extended leave’

April Carrol EMN-140724-130157001
April Carrol EMN-140724-130157001

New College Stamford has appointed an interim principal while its permanent principal April Carrol is on “extended leave”.

Chairman of governors Alison Grant wrote to staff on Monday to explain the situation.

She said; “As you have all been made aware, April Carrol is currently on extended leave. Due to the anticipated length of the absence, and the lack of a permanent senior leadership team, the corporation felt that it would be prudent to appoint an external interim principal.

“To this end we looked for an individual with experience who would be able to step in and continue the work which April has started; to continue to work to appoint a permanent senior leadership team; to draft a post-Ofsted plan of action and to continue to assess the progress that has been made so far.

“I am pleased to announce that John Allen has accepted the interim principal post and will be joining the college from Tuesday, April 21. John recently stepped down after 14 years as the principal of Lincoln College which was judged outstanding at its last inspection and has extensive knowledge and experience, both within the sector and within the locality.”

A reason for Ms Carol’s extended leave has not yet been given.

Eighty college staff, including members of the University and College Union and Unison at New College Stamford, supported a vote of no confidence against Ms Carrol at a meeting last month. Union branch secretary and teacher Godfrey Jennings said staff were unhappy with a “blame culture” developing at the college, and were concerned about changes to conditions of employment.

Ms Carrol joined the college in September. She said she was “saddened and disappointed” Mr Jennings had spoken publicly while new terms and conditions for staff were under consultation.