Simon Summers stands down as principal and chief executive of Lowestoft College

PUBLISHED: 09:07 16 July 2014

Simon Summers is standing down as principal of Lowestoft College. Picture: James Bass

Simon Summers is standing down as principal of Lowestoft College. Picture: James Bass

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The principal and chief executive of Lowestoft College, Simon Summers, has announced that he will be standing down.

It follows news from earlier this month that he and his two vice principals – Phillip Belden and Teresa Miller – had agreed to take a leave of absence to allow a confidential internal process to be carried out.

College staff have been told that Mr Summers – the principal of four years – has taken the decision to stand down, with Jo Pretty, who was assistant principal, becoming interim principal until July 31 next year – the end of the academic year.

In a statement from Lowestoft College Corporation, they said that Mr Summers had been appointed principal in July 2010 and had led Lowestoft College through a “challenging time” for further education.

The statement says: “This period has seen a dramatic reduction in public funding, coupled with significant curriculum change. During this period, Lowestoft College has responded to these challenges.

“The campus has been significantly refurbished and now has the facilities needed to deliver quality education and training. Delivery of Maritime, Offshore and Energy courses has expanded in the college’s quest to be a world-wide centre of excellence in this field and to support this important sector of the regional economy.

“Through all of this change, Simon has ensured that the students come first at Lowestoft College and that their success is celebrated,” it adds.

Reflecting on his time at the college in St Peter’s Street, Mr Summers said: “I am proud over the past four years to have led Lowestoft College. During that time we have continued to ensure that students at the college were successful and gained the skills they needed to make a significant difference to their lives.

“I would like to thank all of the staff of Lowestoft College for all of their hard work, professionalism and comradeship during my time at the college; it has really been appreciated,” he added.

“I am sure that the skills and dedication of the college staff will ensure that Lowestoft College will get through the challenges posed by the funding and curriculum changes and will continue to deliver excellence.”

The corporation confirmed that Jo Pretty, who was assistant principal, will become interim principal until July 31 2015, while Phillip Belden, vice-principal curriculum and standards, and Teresa Miller, vice principal corporate services, “remain on temporary leave of absence” while the confidential internal process is undertaken.

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