Salford City College this month came under the leadership of a new principal.
John Spindler left his deputy principal role at Rochdale’s Hopwood Hall College to begin his new post at the grade two-rated college from the start of term.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining Salford City College to lead one of the very best colleges in the country. I am committed to the continued progressive development of the College, and will look to position it as an asset to local business, integral to the local community, and a centre of excellence for learners.”
He replaced Martin Sim, who had been principal since 2010. Mr Sim announced last summer his decision to retire this year.
He was previously deputy principal of Salford City College, when it was created after merger in 2009. “It has been a privilege to lead this fantastic college for the past five years, and I know that it will continue to deliver exemplary educational opportunities,” said Mr Sim.
“I will take with me many happy memories, particularly around the outstanding success of our learners.”
College corporation chair Jackie Flynn said: “The governors are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Spindler to lead the college going forward. Our hope is that he will work with our talented and hardworking staff to ensure continuous improvement.
“We would like to thank Mr Sim for his commitment, dedication and hard work in Salford over many years. He leaves Salford City College well placed to build on its current success, and we look forward to working with John to continue our journey towards excellence”.
Meanwhile, University Technical College (UTC) Bolton has announced the appointment of its first principal in David Goddard.
Mr Goddard, currently vice principal at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, has been a teacher since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2000 with a first class joint honours degree and a teaching qualification.
He has taught science at GCSE and specialised in biology and chemistry at A-level. Prior to taking up his post at Liverpool Life Sciences he has held a number of secondary school leadership positions in Manchester and the North East.
Mr Goddard holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship and was also a Specialist Leader of Education.
Governors chair Michael Dwan, managing partner of Equity Solutions said: “David has had a significant impact at Liverpool Life Sciences in terms of recruitment, inspection and exam results. I expect him to make a similar significant contribution at UTC Bolton.”
Dr Zubair Hanslot, provost of the University of Bolton and chief executive of UTC Bolton, said: “I am looking forward to David assisting me in operating a unique curriculum in health sciences and engineering technologies and in the development of the school.
“We will motivate and progress students by creating links between their academic qualifications and real life employer projects.”
Mr Goddard said: “I’m looking forward to working for Zubair in building a school that is truly student-centred and where we will focus on each child’s personal learning journey to help them achieve more than they thought possible, securing both university places and good jobs.”