New deputy set to be appointed at town college

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A NEW deputy principal is being appointed at Sussex Coast College.

April Carrol is expected to take up her role shortly, subject to a ratification from the board of governors at the college in Station Plaza.

Ms Carrol has been working at the college for the past two-and-a-half months in an interim role.

Before she came to Sussex Coast College, she was interim quality director at Central Bedfordshire College in Dunstable.

She has also been interim curriculum manager at Waltham Forest College in London

The appointment, due to be given the go-ahead as the Observer went to press, comes just ahead of the publication of what is excpted to be a damning report by Ofsted inspectors.

Sussex Coast College is expected to get a level four rating of ‘inadequate’, the lowest grade possible. Bosses at the multi-million pound facility, which opened in Station Plaza 14 months ago, are bracing themselves for the report, due out in January.

The Observer understands that the Ofsted report is critical of leadership and management, teaching and learning standards, and counselling outside college.

The board of governors met on Wednesday to discuss the implications of the inspection. The college has until June to start improving standards. Janak Patel, principal, said Sussex Coast College was already recovering when he took up his role in January this year.