Monday, 12th September saw Stanmore College graced with a visit from Shelagh Legrave CBE, Further Education Commissioner. Shelagh was appointed as FE Commissioner in 2021 having served as Principal and CEO of a large college group, with an earlier background in finance. She has led multiple mergers and made significant improvements in education.
Annette Cast, who recently embraced the role of Principal at Stanmore College and Gideon Schulman, Chair of the Board of Governors were keen to hear from Sheelagh’s wealth of experience and knowledge in line with their shared passion for the provision of high-quality education and training for the communities served.
Annette commented “Shelagh is known for delivering outstanding success and improvement within the FE sector and I was delighted to have her visit Stanmore College, meet our students and hear our vision for the future.” Chair of the Board, Gideon Schulman expressed his gratitude to Shelagh for taking time out of her busy schedule to personally visit.
Shelagh was updated on the intended redevelopment of Stanmore College being the only college in London to be awarded funding from the Government’s £1.5 billion FE Capital Transformation Fund. This investment would involve a rebuild and transformation of the college estate and create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces that meet the needs of learners and the community. The new build is expected to commence in 2023 with prospective learners being able to access new facilities from as early as 2024.
Prior to her departure Shelagh remarked “it is always a privilege to visit a college and its students and all the more so, to visit one that the Department for Education is about to invest in; having been here I can see why.”