Principal said he was in for ‘long haul’

I WAS extremely shocked and saddened by the news that Janak Patel, principal of Sussex Coast College has resigned from his post. As a mature student at the college now in my third year of a four-year course, I have seen many changes there, especially with the move to the new premises.

The transition did not start off well, and there were many adjustments that are still ongoing.

In December we heard of the poor Ofsted results and I had a conversation with Janak, in which he said he was of course disappointed by them.

Despite the fact that he had inherited many problems, he said he was in for the long haul and did not intend to leave until he had turned the situation around.

In short he was on a mission to make Sussex Coast College succeed.

Since his appointment, the atmosphere within the building had improved dramatically, with Mr Patel taking a hands-on approach.

He encouraged the use of communal areas for discussions, where he took time to talk with students and as a result there was a renewed air of optimism in the building.

Seemingly in their impatience for change, the governors have reached a quick decision to let Mr Patel go. I can only thank him for his work in effecting change at the college and to wish him well for the future.

I also hope that the college is able to improve its performance without too many compromises, in particular the arts, for which the former Hastings College of Arts and Technology had such a good reputation nationwide resulting in jobs for many students.

VALERIE KNAPP

The Lawn

St Leonards