Coventry principal to leave after Ofsted inadequate

The principal of City College Coventry, labelled inadequate by Ofsted, is to leave as soon an interim replacement can be found, FE Week can reveal.

Paul Taylor is expected to have been replaced by July, a college spokesperson said.

After 16 years in the job and two previous poor inspections, Mr Taylor was hit with grade four results across each of Ofsted’s headline inspection fields last month.

The 8,000-learner college was also given grade fours throughout the main findings board, including apprenticeships and 19+ learning programmes.

Mr Taylor had wanted to stay on despite the blow, telling FE Week at the end of April: “If I walk away I’ll regret it forever.”

However, the college spokesperson said: “The decision has been taken that Paul Taylor is to leave his position as principal of City College Coventry.”

FE Week editor Nick Linford is expected to take part in a BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Breakfast Show item on Mr Taylor and City College Coventry today (Thursday, May 16) at around 7.15am.

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