Leading a college is a lonely job, so don’t be too tough on principals

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I was saddened to hear of the death of Garry Phillips, who died shortly before Christmas.

Mr Phillips was bright, likeable and hardworking and while he was principal at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London, the college’s Ofsted grade improved from “inadequate” to “good” over a four-year period.

Mr Phillips became principal of City College Plymouth in July 2018. However, in November 2018, an FE commissioner published a report on his college that was highly critical of its financial state and of his leadership, in particular. It led to controversy and to his resignation.

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