Judith Doyle

Weather the storm and brighter days will come

How one principal helped her college to bounce back after its second ‘requires improvement’ judgement

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It has been three years since I became principal of Gateshead College – a dream job but one that has not been without its challenges. Today, as new students arrive full of nerves and excitement, I can say that the rewards have been even greater.

In 2013, we were graded as “requires improvement” by Ofsted for the second time; a bitter pill to swallow. But there was a job to be done – not everything was good enough. Turning things around was going to need focus, clarity and a bit of backbone.

There had been significant improvements. Ofsted said we were doing all the right things but that they ...

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